2008 INFINITI M vs. Its Competition

2008 Infiniti M35
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

When it's time for you to step out of the smaller entry-level premium sedans to something more serious (kind of like buying your first dark suit), the list of cars easily stratifies.

The traditional German brands naturally slot in thanks to their reputations.

However, the 2008 Infiniti M (either the M35 or M45) tend to be friendlier, more involving drives with a sportier personality--this especially applies to the Mercedes and Audi.

The Acura RL is completely incapable of hitting the performance marks achieved by the 2008 Infiniti M cars, but is OK otherwise.

Boldly storming into this category is the new Cadillac CTS.

Especially with its 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6, this car is a solid performer with a lot of really good moves.

The CTS could be the best deal in this group.

2008 Infiniti M35 2008 INFINITI M
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2009 Cadillac CTS RWD w/1SA2009 Cadillac CTS
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2008 Acura RL 4-door Sedan (Natl) Rear Exterior View2008 Acura RL
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2008 Audi A6 4-door Sedan 4.2L quattro *Ltd Avail* Side Exterior View2008 Audi A6
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2008 BMW M52008 BMW 5-Series
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2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class 4-door Wagon 6.3L AMG RWD Angular Front Exterior View2008 Mercedes-Benz E Class
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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2008 Infiniti M Series has everything needed to be contender, no mistake.
8.6
The 2009 Cadillac CTS continues to compete with the best from Mercedes and BMW with a distinctly American approach, boasting some of the top tech features in its class.
8.2
The 2008 Acura RL is a fine luxury sedan, but others offer V-8 power and more distinct styling.
8.6
The 2008 Audi A6 has plenty of competition, but its graceful look and feel set it apart from more brutal German and more clinical Japanese iron.
8.0
The 2008 BMW M5 has electrifying performance, but is saddled with an overdose of technology and a body in need of a few nips and tucks.
8.0
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
MSRP From     
$43,900$36,560$46,280$42,950$44,600$51,200
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeMid-SizeMid-SizeMidsizeMid-SizeMid-Size
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan RWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan (Natl)4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD
Drivetrain     
Rear-Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
AutomaticManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic CVTManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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