About the Infiniti M56
Manufactured by Infiniti, the luxury imprint of Japanese automaker Nissan, the M56 is a midsize luxury sedan that competes with similarly sized sedans produced by German and Swiss luxury marques. As one of the newer additions to Infiniti’s M line, the M56 offers drivers a formidable combination of luxury, power, performance, and style.
In addition to the M56, the 2012 Infiniti M comes in two other standard versions: the M35 and the M37. There is also a new hybrid version: the M35h. Models belonging to the Infiniti M line have names that represent their engine displacements. Hence the 2012 M56 contains a 5.6-liter V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower. That engine matches with a seven-speed automatic transmission that, according to reviews, grabs the right gears gently and seamlessly when the car is cruising along, but can also respond with the appropriate urgency when needed.
Both the M56 and its sibling, the M37, received complete redesigns for 2011. As a result, there’s very little to tell the two apart from the vantage point of the exterior. The M56 does sport a considerably more voluptuous body design than many previous Infiniti models. With flowing lines and an aggressive, eye-catching profile, the 2012 M56 is a head turner.Infiniti M56 Features
Standard equipment on the 2012 Infiniti M35 includes 18-inch wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlamps, fog lamps, power-folding heated mirrors, automatic wipers, a sunroof, a keyless ignition, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a heated steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Standard technological features include Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a navigation system, and a Bose sound system equipped with 10 speakers, a CD/DVD player, an iPod interface, satellite radio, and digital music storage.
The Deluxe Touring package features additional amenities such as a power rear sun shade, an in-car air purifier, an upgraded leather interior, and an improved Bose surround sound system with 16 speakers. Meanwhile, the Sports package features 20-inch wheels, summer tires, four-wheel active steering, sports seats, sport-tuned suspension and brakes, and additional exterior style elements. Opting for the Sport Touring packages gets you all the features included in the Sports package along with the surround sound stereo, air-purifier, and power sun shade. Additionally, there is a Technology package available that offers the addition of adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system, a blind spot warning system, a forward collision warning system, adaptive headlamps, and an eco pedal that provides driver feedback to help facilitate better gas mileage.
Rear-wheel drive comes standard on the M56; however, an M56x model boasts all-wheel drive. The M56’s 5.6-liter V-8 produces 420 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque. Reviews indicate that the sedan accelerates from zero to 60 in just 5 seconds. For a midsize luxury sedan, the M56 also earns decent marks for fuel economy with an EPA-estimated rating of 16/25 mpg city/highway and 19 mpg combined on the rear-wheel drive model. The all-wheel drive version earns an estimated rating of 16/23/18 mpg city/highway/combined.
The 2012 M56 also earns high marks for safety, having received an overall rating of four out of five stars. Standard safety equipment on the vehicle includes anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active head restraints.
In addition to being well appointed with features, the M56’s interior cabin is stylish and constructed from high-quality materials. The Deluxe Touring or Sport Touring versions add even more opulent interior features such as diamond-quilted leather upholstery, a faux-suede headliner, and a unique wooden trim. The model offers plenty of cabin space for passengers and good outward visibility.
Reviews indicate that the 2012 M56 lives up to the Infiniti M line’s tradition of offering the drivability of a much smaller car in the guise of a midsize sedan.