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2011 Infiniti M56S

One look at the stylish 2011 Infiniti M56 was enough to whet our appetites. Then the spec sheet#x2014;showing the car#x2019;s optional V-8 (a 95-hp boost versus its comparo-winning M45 predecessor)#x2014;whetted them more. #x2009;And the performance results in our M56 road test [June 2010] pretty much sealed the deal. We needed to see how this aggressive update on Infiniti#x2019;s top-drawer sedan (now that the Q45 has vanished) would stand up to the not-so-tender mercies of Michigan roads for 40,000 miles.

Lots of muscle, head-turning sheetmetal, gorgeous interior, and lots of tech goodies: What could possibly go wrong? We anticipated a communion of unalloyed joy, 40,000 miles of pure driving pleasure. A long-legged thoroughbred created to make miles disappear at wholesale rates, simultaneously making its driver look forward to the next hundred#x2014;or thousand#x2014;miles with anticipation.

The reality was something else. Over the course of almost 16 months and 41,693 miles, the suite of advanced electronics (adaptive cruise, lane-departure warning and prevention, blind-spot warning and intervention, collision warning, brake assist, adaptive headlights, #x201C;eco#x201D; mode) bundled into the $3000 Technology package had more hiccups than a champagne aficionado on New Year#x2019;s Eve.

When not ablaze with warning lights, the instrument panel is handsome.

Everyone who tried the #x201C;eco#x201D; setting, which physically limits gas-pedal travel to save fuel, reported that one try was enough and never used it again. The adaptive cruise control went through cranky episodes when it refused to set#x2014;the only way to bring it back online was to stop, shut off the ignition, and start up again; basically, to reboot. It got old.

The same can be said for a loss of traction-control function, which, consistent with Murphy#x2019;s Law, occurred midwinter.


Of the Tech-package elements that worked reliably, several proved to be a source of irritation. In addition to the #x201C;eco#x201D; mode, the lane-keeping features#x2014;lane-departure warning and active departure prevention#x2014;were a little too zealous, although at least these could be defeated. The collision-warning system had a similarly low panic threshold, and for once we found ourselves wishing we#x2019;d listened to our man Aaron Robinson, who had warned against ordering this package in our road test.

He summed it up as #x201C;anti-fun software,#x201D; a characterization that proved to be more accurate than he imagined.

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