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There's even an air-conditioning system called Forest A/C that actively neutralizes stinky odors, modulates humidity and creates an oscillating breeze. You know, like in a forest.
...Abundant premium leather and wood.
The number of comfort, safety, performance and entertainment features that inhabit the standard and optional equipment lists would make "War and Peace" look abridged.
Caveat emptor: The Sport packs aren't cheap. Not only does the Sport Package cost an additional $3,650 over the $46,250 and $57,550 base prices of the M37 and M56 respectively, but you are forced to also get the Technology Package that lists for around $3,000.
Fortunately, you can silence all the various annoying, beeping chimes made by these systems by holding down a single button for a few seconds, leaving you in silence to contemplate why you bought all those options packages in the first place.
Car and Driver
Lavish standard equipment is the norm in Infiniti vehicles, and the 2011 M won't be any different.
Leather seating is standard, along with 10-way power seats with memory and heating up front; keyless entry and push-button start, with memory for audio, navigation and climate settings; a hard-drive navigation system; an AM/FM/six-CD/XM sound system with USB connectivity; Bluetooth; a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel; and a moonroof.
The M56 and M56x add Bose audio, the heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats standard; they also gets standard Bluetooth streaming, voice-activated navigation, XM traffic and weather with Zagat restaurant guides; a music hard drive, and an in-dash DVD player—all of which are available on the M37.
A Sport package adds 20-inch wheels, sport seats and steering wheel, and aluminum pedal trim to rear-drive versions.
Other options will include ventilated seats; a heated steering wheel; real-time traffic; a power sunshade; quilted leather; the white-ash, silver-powdered wood trim; and a premium audio system with surround-sound speakers mounted in the front seats.
The audio systems have stunning clarity, but like almost every other vehicle I’ve tested this year, the Bluetooth streaming feature doesn’t allow the steering-wheel controls to switch tracks on my iPhone. Is it Apple’s notoriously touchy attitude at work here too?
Luxury and entertainment features about in the 2011 M, with a handful of well-chosen options.