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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Good," frontal offset; "good," side impact; "poor," rear crash protection
Lane Departure Prevention...applies individual brakes to nudge the car back on course
Steering-linked xenon headlamps are standard on M45
Except for rear crash protection, the 2008 Infiniti M receives top scores in crash tests. Unique safety technologies help prevent accidents from happening, and Ms offer a bevy of standard safety features.
Though the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not tested this Infiniti, 2008 Ms were tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and received "good" scores for both frontal offset and side impact tests. The Infiniti 2008 M35 rated an overall "poor" rating for rear crash protection: "poor" dynamic rating and "acceptable" seat/heat restraint geometry.
According to Cars.com, on the Infiniti M "standard safety features include six airbags, with side-airbags for the front seats and side curtain ones for both rows, as well as four-wheel-disc ABS, traction control and en electronic stability system. Front seat occupants have active head restraints and pre-crash seat belts."
Some of the unique safety features of the 2008 Infiniti M are in the optional Advanced Technology Package, as described by Cars.com: "you get adaptive cruise control, Preview Braking and Lane Departure Warning. Adaptive cruise control uses a laser beam to judge the distance to the car ahead and apply modest gas or brakes to maintain a proper distance. Preview Braking uses the same lasers to sense any oncoming obstructions, including a rapidly slowing vehicle...and it will alert the driver with an audio chime and pre-load the brakes for sharper response. Lane Departure Prevention...applies individual brakes to nudge the car back on course."
For drivers with car-seat attachment requirements, J. D. Power notes, "Rear seats are fitted with the LATCH system" on the Infiniti M.
Visibility from the driver's seat of the Infiniti M wasn't addressed much in reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, save for Cars.com's mention of the RearView Monitor, which "shows the view behind the car when the transmission is in Reverse." Kelley Blue Book claims, "Bi-xenon adaptive front lighting is optional in the M35x but standard on all other M models...[and] their brilliant blue-white beams...provide an even better look at what lies ahead."
Standard equipment on the 2008 Infiniti M covers all the bases, while optional equipment makes it safer than the competition, save for rear impacts.