With a bold, sleek design and starting at $58,450, the 2012 Infiniti M56 is guaranteed to impress. This luxury sedan comes infused with a daring 5.6-liter V8 with 32 valves and a DOHC (Dual Overhead Cam) Direct Injection engine with a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System. The Infiniti M56 has 420 horsepower at 6,000 RPM, making it one of the most powerful cars in its class. In addition to that, it boasts an equally impressive 417 lbs./ft. of torque at 4,400 RPM. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic with Adaptive Shift Control. It is able to obtain 24 MPG on the highway and a somewhat disappointing 16 when in-town. The rear wheel drive allows the M56 to provide optimum handling and power at the same time. The suspension is independent front and rear double wishbone with coil springs and shock absorbers, so you’ll hardly feel those bumps in the road.
The exterior has somewhat rounded but appealing lines and the wheels are 18” aluminum alloy coupled with high performance, all-season tires. It also has HID xenon headlights with rain wipers on them and LED brake lights. Due to the innovative wind reduction design, the 2012 M56 has one of the lowest coefficient drag ratings in its class. The UV reducing solar glass will help shield the driver’s eyes from that bothersome dusk or dawn sun. The mirrors are heated, so condensation will be eliminated before it can even form and the windshield will detect rain or snow and automatically wipe it clear. All these features help to make the Infiniti M56 one of the safest cars on the road.
Inside the cabin, consumers will be pleased to see that this luxury sedan has a push-start, keyless ignition. The seats, while elegantly designed in leather, have received continuous complaints from test drivers about how uncomfortably firm they are. It also comes with an overhead sunglass storage compartment, so consumers won’t have to clip their glasses on the sun visor, thus impeding their view of the road ahead. For the backseat passengers, there is a middle armrest that serves a dual purpose as a storage compartment. The elegantly designed Japanese Ash wood trim gives the M56 a look of jaw-dropping luxury. Instead of the front seats being heated, they are controlled by a climate sensor that will cool them off in hot weather and heat them up in cold weather. Both the M56 and the M56 AWD come with these seats. The heated steering wheel will warm up numb hands after coming into the car from the cold. For those of us who really enjoy our music, the 2012 Infiniti M56 comes standard with a 10-speaker Bose Premium Audio stereo system with radio, CD, DVD and MP3 capabilities. Like it or not, it also has speed sensitive volume, which automatically turns the volume up at higher speeds, while lowering the volume when the car slows down. Sirius XM satellite radio is also complimentary for a limited time after purchase.
The advanced safety features include airbags that adjust inflation according to the force of the impact. Instead of the airbags possibly causing unnecessary injury at a speed of say, 25 MPH, they will inflate just enough to cushion the blow. At higher speeds, they will inflate faster. Whiplash may be greatly reduced with the Active Head Restraints in both the driver and front passenger seats. Infiniti even thought to include the “Snug Kids” option, which provides an online guide for proper installation of child seats in the car. The Traction Control System and Brake Assist further add to the overall safety of riding in a 2012 Infiniti M56.
This high-end luxury sedan is a great overall choice and consumers should be quite happy with all the features they get for the price.