Infiniti is the luxury automobile division of Nissan Motor Company, and has been selling cars and light trucks in North America since 1989. The history of the company goes all the way back to 1914, when the first “Datsun” was produced in Tokyo. The Datsun name was subsequently changed to “Nissan,” and the company sells over 4 million vehicles each year worldwide. The Infiniti models were rolled out concurrently with Honda’s Acura and Toyota’s Lexus lineup. Japanese government-imposed export restraints at that time made it more profitable for auto manufacturers to send us more expensive cars.
Although at the turn of the century Infiniti nearly became extinct, the lineup has been rejuvenated and today their cars are highly thought of, one of the models being the 2012 M56x, a high performance four door sedan with V-8 power and all-wheel drive. A Harbour Blue M56x was brought to my driveway last week and I had the pleasure of wringing it out for a few days. Inside, it had sumptuous “Java” leather seating and Japanese ash (real) wood trim accents. Java equals brown; Hershey chocolate-colored seating, door panels and dash board. It’s a five passenger car with terrific (heated and air conditioned) bucket seats and room for three in the back. All the occupants should be comfortable even though it doesn’t seem too big inside – “personal” is a word that comes to mind. As a loaded car it contains the things you would expect as such: heated/tilting/telescoping steering wheel, ten-way power buckets, power moon roof, push button ignition, dual-zone climate setup, Bose 16 speaker 5.1 channel audio, 8” VGA color touch-screen navigation display, USB/Ipod connections, 180 mph speedometer and a Forest air filtration system utilizing grape seed extract to clean the cabin air (no kidding). The latter is an Infiniti M model exclusive, and actually filters out 88% more contaminates than conventional climate systems. Saving on pine tree air fresheners can help pay for the the M.S.R.P. of $66,925.00, which includes the base car ($61,600), deluxe touring package ($3,800), 18” alloy wheel package ($650), and freight.
After looking over the M, my wife and I headed for Nordy’s in Old Town Ft. Collins for some lunch. I wanted to roar up I-25 for a bit to check out the 420 horsepower (417 lb.ft. of torque) mill and seven speed automatic with manual shift mode. What a hoot! This baby has some giddyup and is a treat out on the road. Also, when crossing rails or tar strips, the car feels like a block of steel – no shudder, creaking, or shake. Zero to 60 time is under five seconds (4,243 lb. car) and the top speed, reportedly, is governor-limited at about 145 mph. Fuel mileage estimates are 16/city and 23/highway, and I averaged about 18 mpg running around the Front Range. Handling and ride are firm and compliant with real nice steering feel. Michelin 245/50R18 Primacy mxm4 radials are wrapped around the 15 spoke alloys and chrome oval dual exhausts peek out from under the back bumper. It’s a good looking car.
Once again, I have fallen in love with a car and have failed to register a complaint in the review. So before I let the M go, I’ll mention that the foot wells in the back are kind of deep. So if you want to start a taxi company and carry peeps back there, don’t buy this car – get 3 Nissan Altimas instead.