With an bold new design for 2011, the Infiniti M sedan is out to make itself known, and to earn respect from buyers of German hardware as well. It's Infinti's sculpted curves and flaring fenders may not strike every eye the same, but many find it beautiful. It handles very well, and has plenty of power, too, earning a score of 8 from MotorAuthority.
Two engines are available for 2011, the first a 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque is more powerful than most V-8s were just a few years ago. The engine's displacement lends the model its name: M37. The M56, powered by the 5.6-liter V-8, generates 420 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, as strong as any non-performance trim sedan around. Smooth, quick gear changes are handled by a seven-speed automatic with manual shift mode.
Steering is quick and responsive, the suspension controls the large body's motion well, and it rides comfortably while still carving corners. Sport package cars enhance the sport at the expense of a little comfort. Braking is, as you'd expect, excellent, with plenty of pedal feel.
Inside, the 2011 M is almost fighting above its weight; the interior competes easily with Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Fine woods, supple leathers, and a tasteful, stylish layout. Very comfortable seats and ample room for four or five make the M a great touring sedan.
The abundant features are almost a weak point for the M, with some of our reviewers finding it to be a bit "gadget-happy."
For a complete take on the safety, quality, performance, styling, and features of the 2011 M, read the full review at TheCarConnection.