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SAFETY | 9 out of 10
Four stars overall; four stars frontal; five stars side
'Good,' frontal, side, and rear impact; 'good,' roof strength; Top Safety Pick
...Outward visibility is refreshingly panoramic, at least from the front chairs.
In a quick test of the [blind-spot] system, it worked unobtrusively but is easily overridden or turned off should you be in the mood to pit-maneuver yourself into someone else’s car. We think it’s great. BSI, that is, not the suicidal pit maneuver.
Intelligent Brake Assist (IBS)...uses the radar cruise control system to detect an obstacle in front of the car and then gently moves the accelerator pedal up against your foot. Again, it sounds frightful, but in the real world it works well, essentially nudging your foot from the gas to the brake.
Just as much as the BMW 5-Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the 2012 M sedans are a rolling showcase of some of the world's most sophisticated, radar-driven safety technology.
Dual front, side and curtain airbags are standard, along with anti-lock brakes; active headrests; and traction and stability control. A rearview camera and parking sensors are standard.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the M sedans have earned top 'good' results in every category, and they've also earned the Top Safety Pick accolade. And in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing, they've been given four stars overall, including a great five-star rating for side impact.
As for safety options, dynamic cruise control will be offered, along with adaptive headlamps. There’s also an advanced, optional blind-spot and lane-departure warning system designed to alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in an adjacent lane during an intended lane change, and then help assist the driver in returning the vehicle toward the center of the original lane of travel.
The 2012 Infiniti M sedans offer strong safety—including some advanced accident-avoidance options.