While you love or don’t a car’s exterior, where you really live is on the inside. The more money you pay for a car, the more you expect it to deliver. Infiniti M for 2011 focuses on the driver – but passengers also benefit from the changes the automaker has made. Infiniti’s engineers carefully tailored and crafted the cockpit to seamlessly blend artistry, precision, comfort, and innovation – all in an attempt to enhance driver and passenger enjoyment. So says the automaker. It looks like they delivered.
Handcrafted wood accents, custom leather appointments, precise location for key controls (sight information, operation, and easy access areas), and an array of standard and optional features illustrate the point. Listening to music is a lot easier with the standard and new for 2011 active noise control system. With the Premium Package (standard on M56 and M56x AWD), buyers get the next-generation Infiniti hard drive navigation system with 8.0-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, real-time XM Nav-Traffic and Nav-Weather, Zagat restaurant guide, streaming audio via Bluetooth, and 9.3 gig Music Box hard drive. Also included in the Premum Package is a Bose 2-channel 10-speaker premium audio system, heated steering wheel and climate-controlled front seats.
Deluxe Touring Package adds Bose studio surround-sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers, power rear sunshade, quilted seat pattern with contrasting piping and additional bolstering, suede-type headliner, full-grain semi-aniline leather seats, and Forest Air system, and more.
There’s also a Sport Touring Package that offers the Bose surround-sound system, Forest Air system, and power rear sunshade.
Bottom line: price for such luxury performance
In the end, buyers of a luxury performance sedan that may or may not be used as family transportation, will weigh and balance a car’s costs versus other more subjective factors. Does it feel good? Does it make a statement? Am I happy driving it? Do my family members like it? How well will it wear down the line?
The only way to know for sure is to get behind the wheel and see for yourself. If it’s to be a family vehicle, bring them along as well. After all, everybody likes to be included when there’s going to be a new family addition – in this case, a car.
Infiniti just announced a price increase on 2011 M models, $250 for M37 and $350 for M56. Specifically, the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRPs) for 2011 Infiniti M models are as follows:
- Infiniti M37 - $46,500
- Infiniti M37x AWD - $48,650
- Infiniti M56 - $57,900
- Infiniti M56x AWD - $60,400
Destination and handling charges, tax, title, license and options are extra.