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2006 Infiniti M35

  • 2006 Infiniti M35 AWD Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      280/270
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $43,340
  • 2006 Infiniti M35 Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      280/270
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $40,840
  • 2006 Infiniti M35 Sport Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      280/270
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $43,640
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2006 Infiniti M35 Review

Great driving dynamics and M45 styling make a pretty attractive package.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2006 Infiniti M35 begins as a new car for the 2006 model year. This serves as slightly downgraded version of the M45 vehicle. The M45 doesn’t have the space or the style to compete in the crowded sedan market.

Infiniti hopes to change perceptions with the M35. The Infiniti M35 has greater interior dimension than the old M45, a lot more style, great handling, and a superior ride. Those expecting the old V-8 of the M45 might feel a bit disappointed with the M35’s V-6, but this powerful engine has a lot of get-up-and-go. Give the M35 a ride around and you’re sure to be impressed by its handling and superior power.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti M35, Infiniti M35 Sport

What's New

The M35 starts brand new in the 2006 model year.

Exterior

The M35 is your average sedan, but with some aggressively styled headlights. Otherwise, the M35 doesn’t exactly stand out from the competition–but it looks attractive.

The base vehicle comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with P245/45R V tires, intermittent wipers, a rear defogger, a power glass sunroof, remote sunroof operation, power mirrors, heated mirrors, turn signals on the mirrors, auto delay-off headlamps, and fog and driving headlamps. The Sport model upgrades the wheels to 19-inch alloys with P245/40R W tires, and it offers a sport suspension and adaptive HID headlamps. Extra, optional features include a laser-based cruise control sensor.

Interior

The interior of the Infiniti M35 looks very elegant and refined—a step in the right direction for Infiniti. The interior has nice, supple leather on the seating as well as Brazilian Rosewood trim running through the interior. The Sport model trades the Rosewood trim for aluminum. Unfortunately, the console equipment can be a bit busy, making it hard to use when on the road.

The interior seems very big and accommodates even the tallest passengers. Interior features include leather upholstery, a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, memory settings, one-touch power windows, dual-zone climate control, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The Sport package gets the aluminum trim mentioned earlier as well as climate-controlled sport seating. The seats feel very comfortable and leave you feeling fresh even after a long drive.

Optional interior features include a DVD-based navigation system, voice recognition technology, an early warning lane change system that keeps you from drifting out of your lane, and a 14-speaker Bose Studio surround sound system with 5.1 channel decoding.

All of these creature comforts and special features make for an altogether pleasant ride in the new Infiniti M35. The busyness of the interior seems easy to adjust too, especially when you have all the luxuries of a king.

Performance & Handling

The Infiniti M35 comes equipped with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that produces 280 horsepower with 270 lb-ft of torque. The engine weds with a five-speed automatic transmission with auto-manual controls that allow you greater control over the driving experience. Downshift rev matching comes standard. An all-wheel drive version of the vehicle is available on the base models, but not available with the Sport trim.

The M35 doesn’t provide nearly as exciting a drive as the V-8-powered Infiniti M45, but it still offers enough power to please most drivers. The suspension is finely tuned and feels extremely competent in corners. Braking with the M35 also feels smooth; no long braking times here. The suspension can be a bit weak when going over potholes, and the steering feels a little loose in the city, but overall it delivers a nice ride. The Sport package gives you active steering, a sport-tuned suspension, and upgraded wheels that make the driving experience a bit more pleasant.

If you don’t want all the power of the V-8 but still like a sporty drive, the M35 makes a good vehicle choice for you.

Safety

The M35 comes equipped with all the standard safety features you require. Both models include ventilated disc brakes on all of the wheels, ABS, BrakeAssist, and electronic brake force distribution. Both trim lines also receive Infiniti’s VDC stability control system. All models have front-seat side-impact airbags as well as front and rear curtain airbags. Active head restraints are available for the front seat. The lane departure system remains available as an optional feature.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti M35: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Infiniti M35 Sport: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful handling
  • Great ride
  • Plenty of interior space
  • Lots of standard features
  • Great transmission system

You Won't Like

  • Noisy ride, especially on the highway
  • Cluttered controls

Sum Up

Great driving dynamics and M45 styling make a pretty attractive package.

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