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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
Nissan reckons the 2011 Infiniti M56 offers class-leading interior space, and we couldn't find any evidence to dispute this.
...A more user-friendly center stack that not only utilizes fewer buttons but also is angled more towards the driver.
The M’s generous trunk and cabin are about the same size as in last year’s model, but the cabin is more elegant than ever.
...Some of the plastics and rubbery compounds used elsewhere in the cabin aren't. For instance, there's a long strip of aluminum-look plastic inlaid into the fancy pants wood that kinda screams "Not quite."
The door panels are punctuated by elegant teardrop-shaped sculptures of metalized plastic, and genuine ash trim swabs the dash and center console in tasteful quantities.
Car and Driver
The 2011 Infiniti M looks distinct from the past edition, but it rests on an identical 114.2-inch wheelbase. It’s 1.5 inches wider, slightly longer and slightly lower. That translates into plenty of room for four adults, and a fifth on occasion.
It’s an exceptionally comfortable place to ride, in front or in back. Both driver and front passenger get 10-way power seats, and the front cabin has good head and shoulder room, minus a little width for the thicker center console.
The back seats' high, supportive cushions felt fine, but the tall doors and rear deck gives the rear seat a closed-in feel. Back-seat comfort is tops in its class, however–the seats truly are sculpted to a human form. The tallest passengers might find it a little light on headroom, but the 2011 M doesn’t sacrifice rear-seat comfort for its looks, as do the Jaguar XF and to some degree, the seat-on-the-floor Audi A6.
The M's trunk is usefully large, though not all that long; cabin storage is fine, with a shallow-ish console augmented by a deep glovebox.
It's hard to find fault with the 2011 M's interior space or its fit and finish.