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DIGITAL EDITOR STOY: Momma always If you can’t say something nice. is why I’m going to start on the of the 2012 Infiniti M35h. As go, this is one of my new favorites. Infiniti has a wonderful job adding soft, quilted materials to the door elegant curves to handles and and some of the most attractive, wood accents I’ve seen in a car. The oddly center stack works well, and I couldn’t find a detail that the company in making the M interior an absolutely place to spend time.

accustomed to sterile German will be blown away. The presence of Alcantara overhead may resulted in open weeping.

Unfortunately, the headliner was fabric, and the powertrain is what eventually led to The driving experience is, to put it mildly, Pressing the accelerator pedal give smooth, all-electric or it might suddenly snap neck back in full-on boost mode. Letting off the gas provide predictable engine or it might throw you through the thanks to ьber-aggressive regenerative

It was a crapshoot behind the wheel; the M was completely unpredictable.


Compounding the uncertainty was the electric power tuned to be hyper-responsive apparently regard to vehicle speed. It toward overboosted during and low-speed driving, but highway resulted in a constant battle to a lane. In that respect, it was to the instability I found in the Hyundai sedan.

I will confess that the end of my time with the Infiniti M I began to grow more to its quirks and got better at driving in the car. But it never approached the level of a normal gasoline M is actually a good car). again, 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway is impressive for a two-ton-plus luxury

In the end, it appears the lesson the Infiniti M is that you can have a superb luxury car or a green car, but not both.

EXECUTIVE ROGER HART: After used to the rather harsh I enjoyed the drive in the Infiniti The torque is impressive and two-lane is a breeze. But while this is certainly sophisticated, shutting the off for long periods of time coasting at freeway speeds and at speeds following a stop, its between electric and gas is rather and quite harsh. Lexus and to name just two, done a much better job in that transition feel seamless. And the brakes have horrible regen feel, you the kind of feel that you hit the brake pedal and nothing for a split second?

Other companies that hybrids have gotten brake-pedal feel much in their hybrids than has with this.

The interior is done, although each I get into an Infiniti it takes a to get reacquainted with all of the buttons and It’s not always straightforward and Also, the door fits so against the driver’s seat, if hands are the size of an adult’s, you find it difficult to operate the seat controls.

There just isn’t room.

On the plus side, there’s the fuel mileage: 32 mpg on the is damn good considering the and the power output.

COPY CYNTHIA L. OROSCO-WRIGHT: This Infiniti M35h isn’t a car, but the hybrid system was so all over the place. It took a punch of the pedal to get going, but when you needed to hit the brakes, was a feeling of the car speeding up before it to a halt. On the expressway, after the muted throttle response, the was strong and steady, as it was on surface

It was cool, though, to be able to for long stretches at about 45 mph the avenue home under power alone. But the total is just not up to snuff.

I did like the although the car looked and drove The interior is plush and comfy, all of the are well located and there’s space all around. But, for much money, and for how much refined the hybrid drivetrains in vehicles are, I’d on this M.

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2012 Infiniti M35h

Price: $54,595

As-Tested $61,745

Drivetrain: 3.5-liter V6 RWD, seven-speed automatic

302 hp @ 6,800 rpm (67 hp @ 1,770 rpm electric), 258 @ 5,000 rpm (199 lb-ft @ rpm electric)

Curb Weight: lb

Fuel Economy (EPA/ AW ): mpg

Options: Deluxe touring including Japanese white ash trim with silver accents, semianiline leather-appointed 16-speaker Bose premium system, forest air system, headliner, soft double-stitched hood and power sunshade premium package including hard-drive navigation system, VGA color touch-screen display, voice recognition, XM NavTraffic and XM 9.3-GB Music Box hard climate-controlled front seats, steering wheel ($3,350)

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