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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
Steering-linked xenon headlamps are standard on M45
Lane Departure Prevention...applies individual brakes to nudge the car back on course
Good," frontal offset; "good," side impact; "poor," rear crash protection
2009 Infiniti Ms offer an abundance of standard safety features and unique safety technologies, along with mostly good crash-test results.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded "good" scores for both frontal offset and side impact tests of the Infiniti M. The Infiniti 2009 M35 rated an overall "poor" rating in the IIHS’s seat-based rear-impact test, however. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not tested this Infiniti.
Visibility from the driver's seat of the Infiniti M isn'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."
Some of the unique safety features of the 2009 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."
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."
The 2009 Infiniti M35 and M45 are safe, secure sedans—especially when you factor in all of the available active-safety options.