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2012 Infiniti M35h Review
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The Infiniti M35h is not your mom's hybrid. Thanks to high-tech engineering, the M35h is fast; the fastest in fact. The 2012 Infiniti M35h grabbed the title of world's quickest hybrid in the Guinness World Records racing down a quarter-mile track in just 13.9031 seconds. Not only is this a very fast time for a hybrid, it also compared with high-performance speedsters, such as the 1982 Lamborghini Countach (also at 13.9 seconds) and the 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera (clocked at 13.6 seconds).
The 2012 Infiniti M35h is part of the Infiniti M vehicles, which include the flagship M37 and the M56. This midsize, luxury, four-door hybrid seats five and comes loaded with standard luxury features. While it's not the most fuel efficient hybrid, coming in at just 27/32 mpg city/highway, the hybrid engine certainly provides extra turbo power without causing the driver to shell out extra dollars at the pump.
New For 2012
The Infiniti M35h was introduced in 2011 and only receives a couple small upgrades:
- 18-inch five-spoke tri-split alloy wheel now available for all models
- Deluxe Touring package now offers graphite interior
In a world of quirky looking hybrids, the 2012 Infiniti M35h disguises its hybrid powertrain in a sleek, stylish exterior. Its curved lines and dynamic grille make it look like a classic luxury sedan. The M35h comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, all-season tires, foglights, automatic bi-xenon headlights, heated power mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power glass sunroof, and dual chrome exhaust. Exterior options available on all Infiniti M vehicles include a rear deck lid spoiler, splash guards, and a Midnight Black grille.
Interior & Cargo
The interior of the 2012 Infiniti M35h is very similar to the M37 and is what you would expect from a luxury sedan. In addition to the luxurious leather wrapped, wood-trimmed interior, the M35h also offers a few hybrid touches, such as a display showing the throttle efficiency and battery charge level. Interior features include leather seats, leather trim on shift knob, a leather and alloy steering wheel, 12V front power outlets, audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, eight-way power driver and passenger seats, heated driver seat, power locks, mirrors and windows, rear view camera, and remote window operation. Memory options are available, including driver and passenger memory seats, memory steering wheel, and memorized audio system and climate control settings.
The Infiniti infotainment system is quite user friendly and features an AM/FM in-dash single CD player, six speakers, Bluetooth, iPod integration, USB connection, auxiliary audio input, and speed sensitive volume control. The 2012 Infiniti M35h also offers XM satellite radio capabilities, and service is included for the first three months. Optional illuminated kick plates, a first aid kit, trunk net, and carpeted trunk mat all come as interior options. Upgrading to the Premium package brings heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, 10-speaker Bose stereo with Bluetooth audio and digital music storage, and a voice-controlled navigation system with real-time traffic and weather.
Due to the extra space needed for the hybrid powertrain, the M35h offers just 11.3 cubic feet of cargo space. This is less than its cousin the M37, which with the same body, provides 14.9 cubic feet of cargo space.
The 2012 Infiniti M35h, much like the other Infiniti M vehicles, comes with a long list of standard safety features and performs well in crash tests. Standard features include a four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System, emergency braking assist, passenger airbag occupant-sensing deactivation, rear door child safety locks, child seat anchors, adjustable headrests, whiplash protection system, and a post-collision safety system; as well as front, rear, and side airbags. The Technology package adds on a couple more safety features: brake assist, blind spot warning, Distance Control Assist system, lane departure warning, and a forward collision warning system. For the safety of those around the super quiet hybrid engine, the M35h also comes with Infiniti’s Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP), which generates noise to alert those around the car to its presence.
The 2012 Infiniti M35h combines a 3.5-liter; V-6 powertrain with an electric motor for a total of 360 hp. Being a hybrid, the M35h can be driven with only electrical power. Electrical power is stored in a 1.3-KWh, 340-volt, lithium-ion battery pack that, according to Infiniti, can take the car up to 60 mph on electric power alone. The hybrid technology allows the electric and gas-powered motor to work together seamlessly, allowing the 2012 M35h to achieve rapid acceleration while still boasting the fuel economy of a four-cylinder sedan at 27/32 mpg city/highway. A seven-speed transmission is the only option, but it does come with four different shift modes: Standard, Sport, Snow, and Eco. The M35h also offers hill-start assist. With the Technology package, the M35h comes with an ""eco-pedal"" that provides feedback to the driver to encourage fuel-efficient driving.
Key Competitors For The 2012 Infiniti M35h
- BMW ActiveHybrid 5-Series
- Mercedes-Benz E-Class diesel
- Lexus CT200h