The 2012 Infiniti M56 competes with the Audi A6, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW 5-Series, the Lexus GS, the Jaguar XF, and even the Hyundai Genesis and Lincoln MKS—but it’s the E-Class, 5-Series and XF that find themselves outgunned in many ways by the new M.
The Audi A6 was just redesigned for 2012, with a plush, well-detailed interior and advanced interface shared with the A7; but its interior is quite conservative.
The BMW 5-Series was also new last year, and it has better handling than the previous version and even more safety tech.
Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has a sharply pressed new suit and an upgraded interior--and a newfound sense of the road ahead, with sharper, quicker steering and a hot AMG-powered E63 four-door version.
The Jaguar XJ can't be forgotten either; especially in 510-hp XFR form, it's almost exotic-quick while drawing looks from all kinds; but its tight backseat remains a major drawback.
Also, the Lexus GS has been completely redesigned for 2012, with better performance and a sharper look.
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|2012 INFINITI M56Browse Used Listings||2013 Lexus GS 350Browse Used Listings||2012 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2012 Audi A7Browse Used Listings||2012 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2012 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V8||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Supercharged Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas V8|
|Midsize Cars||Mid-Size||Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Mid-Size||Midsize Car|
|56 4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan RWD||4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium||4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Prestige||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||4-Door Sedan|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||Sedan||4dr Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
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|2012 INFINITI M56 vs. 2013 Lexus GS 350||2012 INFINITI M56 vs. 2012 Audi A6||2012 INFINITI M56 vs. 2012 Audi A7||2012 INFINITI M56 vs. 2012 BMW 5-Series||2012 INFINITI M56 vs. 2012 Jaguar XF|