2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Review

Thursday May 10th, 2012 at 4:55 PM
Posted by: aquadog

 

This car pretty floored us. Infiniti M Hybrid did not get us all excited in the email exchanges but as soon as the car was delivered to us, it was a week of bliss.  They styling is simply incredible as it has leapfrogged all other Infinitis and all other hybrids before it.

Driving it was a delight as this hybrid seems to have all the torque of a V10 engine.  But then it really has the economy of a small car so you can have fun burning up the tires or hypermiling a getting over 30 mpgs.

The one remarkable advancement of this car is the hybrid engine integration.  It is truly an engineering wonder to see this engine shut off at 50 mph, cruise on electric power and then come back on as power is needed. The driver sees the tachometer needle go up and down but that is pretty much the only sign that the gas engine is shutting on and off.

2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Specs:

  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6 with Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid® utilizing a lithium-ion battery and 50 kW electric motor
  • Horsepower: 360 hp @ 6,500 rpm (Hybrid System Net Power)
  • Torque: Peak engine 258 lb-ft and peak electric motor 199 lb-ft
  • Fuel Consumption: 27 mpg city/32 mpg hwy
  • MSRP: Starting at $53,700

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Premium Package:

  • Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, Lane Guidance and 3-D building graphics
  • Infiniti Voice Recognition for audio, navigation, and vehicle information systems
  • NavTraffic with detailed traffic information provided by SiriusXM
  • NavWeather with current weather updates and 3-day forecasts provided by SiriusXM[
  • Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide
  • Bose® 2-channel, 10-speaker Premium Audio system, AM/FM/CD/DVD with MP3 playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS) and speed-sensitive volume
  • Climate-controlled front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • $3,450

Deluxe Touring Package:

  • Bose® Studio Surround® sound system with 5.1-channel decoding, 16 speakers
  • Forest Air® system with Advanced Auto Recirculation, Breeze Mode, Plasmacluster®Air Purifier, and Grape Polyphenol Filter
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Semi-aniline leather-appointed seating
  • Unique quilted seat pattern and additional seat bolstering
  • White Ash silver-powdered wood trim
  • Suede-like headliner
  • Premium soft-touch material for armrests, door inserts, center console and knee pads
  • Premium stitched meter hood
  • $3,900

Technology Package:

  • Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP)
  • Distance Control Assist (DCA)
  • Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention (BSI®) Systems
  • Front Seat Pre-Crash Seat Belts
  • Active Trace Control (Adjusts vehicle braking and engine torque to help enhance cornering feel)
  • Eco Pedal
  • Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) with auto-leveling headlights
  • Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • $3,050

18-inch Wheel Package:

  • 18 x 8.0-inch, tri-split 5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/50R18 V-rated all-season tires
  • $650

YouTube Preview ImageRoad Test: 2012 Infiniti M35h. This video is brought to you by MotorWeek

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