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A sexy luxury sedan that's better than its sales figures indicate, the 2011 Infiniti M offers a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines, and rear- or all-wheel drive. It's a leader in on-board technology for safety and entertainment, and after all these years it's resuscitated some real Japanese styling flair into its sheetmetal and interior.
For those reasons, we're giving the 2011 M a rating of 7 here at FamilyCarGuide. It's expensive, seats five at most, and hasn't received all its test scores from federal crash testers, but it's a nimble, quick-footed big sedan, and finally, a true competitor to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-Series.
The striking M56 and M37 sedans have shapes that make us think Porsche's Panamera could have been this smooth. The M sits tall, but the aesthetic ushered in by head designer Shiro Nakamura is elegant and effortless. The fenders swell suggestively, the tail tapers and kicks up in a beautifully organic way, and the M's cabin has a center console that's treated like a jewelry box--especially so when the wood trim's dusted with real silver, an outrageously glam option in the otherwise subtle M.
The tall shape helps preserve all the interior space and trunk room to qualify the M as a large sedan. About 1.5 inches wider than before, with an overall length in the same range as a Ford Taurus or Honda Accord, the luxe M sedans have ample interior room in the front or back seats. A sunroof trims headroom somewhat, but unlike some other luxury sedans, the tallest drivers won't have to adopt the laid-back driving position just to see out of the windshield. Two adults can ride comfortably for hours in the back seat, and a third adult will fit for occasional short trips. In front, passengers get power seats with ventilation and heating on some models, and all are upholstered in leather. In back, the trunk is usefully large, though it's not as deep as it is wide. There's a deep glovebox inside the cabin, and a shallow center console.