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2012 Infiniti M

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2012 Infiniti M Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.0

As Infiniti's flagship sedan, the 2012 Infiniti M delivers A-list levels of luxury, style and performance. On the value front, the Infiniti M offers a host of upscale features as standard issue along with more standard horsepower than its BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Lexus GS and Audi A6 competitors. The 2012 Infiniti M lineup features an enticing array of models and drivetrains to choose from, including the value-packed M37, the 420-horsepower M56, a fuel-efficient hybrid version, and an available performance-oriented all-wheel drive (AWD) system.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are open to purchasing a luxury mid-size sedan without a prestigious German nameplate, you might find the Infiniti M's artful blend of performance, luxury and value tough to beat.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Despite its elegant design, the Infiniti M does not command the same attention as its BMW and Audi rivals. Furthermore, while class-leading standard horsepower is appealing to some, those seeking laudable fuel economy without the hybrid price tag might favor the BMW 528i's 34-mpg highway rating.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2012, Infiniti introduces a new 360-horsepower M Hybrid to the mix. Additionally, non-hybrid models offer a new premium 18-inch wheel option as well as simplified packaging for M56 models.

Driving the M

Driving Impressions The 2012 M is truly a blast on the road. With three eager powertrains, a comfortable interior and an impressive list of new and innovative technology to make your drive...

even better, there's blessedly little to complain about. Technologies like 4Wheel Active Steer and downshift rev-matching enhance the car's fun-to-drive quotient, while lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring subtly help keep you safe. And the interior's a pretty nice place to spend some time – the seats are supportive, the dash intuitive and the M's iPod connectivity and searchability are among the best out there. The M Hybrid, which Infiniti claims is the world's fastest full-hybrid, delivers on its promise of combining the fuel efficiency of a hybrid with the engaging driving dynamics of a performance sedan.

Active Noise Control
Every Infiniti M features Active Noise Control to keep aural unpleasantries caused by the engine or the open-air concert taking place in the adjacent vehicle out of the cabin. The system uses a ceiling-mounted microphone to detect and reduce low-frequency sounds for a more tranquil driving experience.

4Wheel Active Steer
For increased agility and control at any speed, the 2012 Infiniti M employs an optional 4Wheel Active Steer feature that seamlessly adjusts the steering angle of all four wheels and the steering ratio according to the vehicle's speed.

2012 Infiniti M Details
Interior

Outfitted in rich, warm leather and high-quality soft-touch materials, the 2012 Infiniti M delivers an inviting in-cabin experience. The M's spacious greenhouse comfortably accommodates its occupants with 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, leather-trimmed seating surfaces and generous rear-seat legroom. The available Deluxe Touring Package takes the Infiniti M's already well-executed interior to a new level with semi-aniline leather-appointed seating, a 16-speaker Bose audio system, a suede-like headliner and striking White Ash silver-powdered wood trim sprinkled with flecks of real silver. The only sour note is the all-in-one control knob's inconvenient placement – a critical ergonomic flaw considering the module's extensive responsibilities over the audio, climate, vehicle information and convenience features.

Exterior
2012 Infiniti M photo

Combining a muscular stance and a sleek profile, the 2012 Infiniti M is among the most stylish cars in its class. The Infiniti M's modern look is complemented by xenon headlights for both the low and high beams along with LED taillights. All Infiniti M models ride on standard 18-inch split 5-spoke wheels, while rear-wheel-drive (RWD) M37 and M56 models offer fender-filling 20-inch wheels. The Sport Package option adds a touch of aggression to the M's exterior with a smoked grille and headlight housings, unique front end, larger brakes and 20-inch performance summer tires.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Infiniti M37 and M Hybrid come standard with Infiniti's Drive Mode Selector (Standard, Eco, Sport and Snow modes), leather seating, heated and 10-way power front seats, a 6-speaker audio system with USB connectivity for MP3/WMA players, Bluetooth, active noise control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a 7-inch color display for audio/climate/vehicle settings, and keyless entry and start with driver memory settings. Moving up to the M56 adds a 5.6-liter V8, cooled front seats, a Bose 10-speaker sound system, a navigation system with SiriusXM NavTraffic and NavWeather, a 9.3GB hard drive for music storage and Bluetooth streaming audio. Safety equipment on every Infiniti M includes active head restraints, six airbags and automatic hazard lights that activate upon airbag deployment.

Optional Equipment

Regardless of powertrain, an Infiniti M can be outfitted to your liking. Available creature comforts include a Bose Studio Surround System with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16-speakers, power rear sunshade, semi-aniline leather seating, silver-metallic wood trim, and a "Forest Air" system with breeze mode, which cleans and modulates the air flowing into the cabin. If you'd like your M37 or M56 to stand out, opt for the Sport Package, which adds 20-inch split 5-spoke wheels with summer tires, a sport-tuned suspension, 4-wheel active steering, sport brakes, magnesium paddle shifters, sport seats and unique front fascia, grille and headlight surrounds. All of the latest and greatest safety technology offered by Infiniti is encapsulated in the Technology Package, including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and prevention, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive front lighting systems for increased visibility around dark corners.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Infiniti M comes with a choice of three engines: a 330-horsepower V6 (the same engine found in the G37), a 420-horsepower V8, or a new 360-horsepower V6 hybrid. Every engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode along with a race-inspired downshift rev-matching feature for non-hybrid models. Unfortunately, with great horsepower comes great financial responsibility. And despite average EPA fuel economy ratings, our real-world driving experiences have revealed that both the M37 and M56 have an exceptional thirst for fuel. Moreover, adding all-wheel drive to the M brings with it a greater penalty in fuel economy.

3.7-liter V6
330 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 mpg (RWD), 17/24 mpg (AWD)

5.6-liter V8
420 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
417 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/25 mpg (RWD), 16/23 mpg (AWD)

3.5-liter V6 + electric motor
Hybrid system net horsepower: 360
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/32 mpg

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2012 Infiniti M Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 40 Ratings for the 2011 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    8.2/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

way better than expected hybrid excellent only

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "expensive but good value"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"great car slightly more road noise at high speed. hybrid works fine. only problem was faulty antenna. great service best ever no kidding. lane warning for blind spot simple and effective . hybrid does save on gas and would be even better if i didnt enjoy engine pickup power."

left me stranded 3 times in 2 years

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Nice car, handles well. The trunk is small and it has left me stranded 3 times in 2 years. The dealer has been excellent picking me up and leaving me with a loaner. It has someting to do with the battery not charging and needing a computer update. It is very nice looking and is fun to drive. There is a lot of road noise so it is difficult hearing normal conversations if you are hard of hearing like my husband............"

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Wonderful vehicle, No complaints!

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "spacious even for adult back seat passengers"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I just recently purchased this vehicle with a little over 25k miles on it. I have been admiring this vehicle for a while, but refuse to buy it new. The handling, drive, and comfort are amazing in this vehicle. two thumbs up!!!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

luxury sedan, best sedan drive i have ever driven

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "techs,seats,mileage,comfortable ride"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"cars load with all techs, comfortable seats especially rear seats if you sit back and stretch your legs you can feel like couch in home, that's how comfortable it is. millage is good 19 mpg city 21 hwy.you can compare with all German rivals and see the difference."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

I love this car.

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Perfect blend between comfort and sporty."

Cons: "Depreciation. Dealer experience not Lexus good."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The driving experience in this car is fantastic. The car is very fast, and is nimble for a car this size. It is very quiet on the highway. It is the best blend of performance and comfort. The biggest downside of this car is that it depreciates rather quickly. Although the initial value is great, the resale value is disappointing. I would purchase one lightly used that has been pampered and let the first owner eat the depreciation. Also the dealer experience is not up to Lexus quality. Overall I would strongly recommend this car to someone looking for all of the comforts of a premium sedan with the edginess of a sports car."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

great car if it were not for the engine problem

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 77,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This particular vehicle had a problem with its oil injector on the bank two driving chain, causing premature failure of the chain. Out of warranty it is a $4200 repair."

39 people out of 85 found this review helpful

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