2011 Infiniti M37Enlarge Photo
Infiniti (and many reviewers) classify the M series as a mid-size car, but the IIHS regards it as large and affords it Top Safety Pick status. Nevertheless, the all-new 2011 Infiniti M37 and M56 are luxury performance sedans offering the latest safety techology to protect occupants: blind spot warning and blind spot intervention systems, forward collision warning, intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD), intelligent brake assist, distance control assist (an industry first), and lane departure warning and lane departure prevention systems. These are in addition to eight standard airbags.
MSRPs for the V-6-powered Infiniti M37 range from $46,250 (M37) to $46,400 (M37 xAWD), and from $57,550 to $60,050 for the V-8-powered M56 and M56 xAWD, respectively. While the Infiniti M’s new exterior styling may be a love it or not proposition, the Japanese luxury sedan definitely can take on its German competition in terms of performance, handling, comfort, and safety features.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class LEnlarge Photo
Redesigned last year, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class proves that excellence just gets better from this German automaker of luxury vehicles. The stable of 2011 E-Class models also earn the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. With nine standard airbags, including driver’s side knee airbag, and optional torso-protecting rear-seat side airbags (bringing the total airbag count to 11), attention assist driver drowsiness monitor, active lane keeping assist, active highbeam assist, active blind spot assist, parktronic with parking guidance, ABS, hold braking function, hill start assist and more, the 2011 E-Class provides the ultimate in safety and performance in a family luxury car. Available in sedans, coupes, cabriolet, and wagon models, there’s an E-Class model sure to suit every taste. Sedans have starting MSRPs as follows: $49,400 for E 350, $57,100 for E 550, $50,900 for E 350 Blue TEC, and $87,600 for the E63 AMG.
Some consider the Volvo S80 the least athletic of luxury sedans, but that’s a subjective opinion. The 2011 Volvo S80 (like the 2010 model) boast Top Safety Pick status. In addition to six standard airbags, S80 provides standard whiplash protection active head restraints at all five seating positions. Also standard are side-positioning lights, dynamic stability and traction control anti-skid system, ABS with hydraulic brake assist and ready alert brakes, and adaptive brake light. Available safety technology includes intelligent driver information system, driver alert control and lane departure warning, collision warning with auto brake, and adaptive cruise control with distance alert. The 2011 Volvo S80 is available in two models, S80 3.2 and S80 T6 AWD, with MSRPs starting at $36,950 and $40,700, respectively.