2011 INFINITI M vs. Its Competition

2011 Infiniti M 56
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2011 Infiniti M pits itself against some of the best-selling luxury sedans in the world.

The Audi A6 is in its final year of production, yet still offers a balanced ride and handling package, a well-fitted cabin, and choices of engines, transmissions and front- or all-wheel drive.

The BMW 5-Series will be new for 2011, and a more cohesive look will put its recent styling troubles in the past--though electronic systems could overwhelm its essential driving characteristics.

The Benz E-Class arrived new for the 2010 model year, with 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.

Also revamped this year: the Jaguar XF, which gets a 510-hp V-8 as its most powerful offering while its rejuvenated body still draws stares and its gimmicky interior still wows first-time passengers.

Two dark horses in this race are the turbocharged Lincoln MKS, which marries Volvo-style dynamics with a brilliant powertrain and a distinctive, chrome-lined interior, and the Hyundai Genesis--a dead ringer for the former Infiniti M, down to its leather-trimmed dash and its rippling V-8 option.

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Quick Specs
9.2
The 2011 Infiniti M pairs beauty with a beastly V-8 engine—and at last, Infiniti makes its marque in a class full of winners.
8.8
The new 2011 BMW 5-Series might be a conservative evolution in terms of styling and design, but it’s a quite radical one with regard to how BMW’s most important model drives.
8.4
The Audi A6 still has elegance and agility in its corner, though 0-60 mph times and rear-seat room continue to lag the competition.
8.2
The 2010 Hyundai Genesis is a power play for luxury credibility-and it's just about the equal of mid-size luxury rivals from Lexus and Infiniti.
9.0
The 2010 Jaguar XF betters its class-leading rating at TheCarConnection.com with a sizzling XFR edition.
8.8
The 2010 Lincoln MKS reaches into Euro-luxury territory with smart performance, subdued good looks, and a roomy interior.
MSRP From     
N/A$45,050$45,200$33,000$51,150$41,270
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
N/AGas I6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V8Gas V6
EPA Class     
N/AMid-SizeMidsizeLarge car- TBD -Large
Style Name     
N/A4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium4-Door Sedan 3.8L V64-Door Sedan Luxury4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD
Drivetrain     
N/ARear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
N/A55555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
N/A4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
N/AAutomatic w/manual shiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD