2009 INFINITI M vs. Its Competition

2008 Infiniti M35 4-door Sedan RWD Side Exterior View

With its 3.6-liter direct-injected V-6, the 2009 Cadillac STS is a solid performer with decent comfort, and it’s one of the closest rivals to the Infiniti M in offering a compromise between sport and luxury.

The new 2009 Acura RL takes off in a new direction stylistically—which might appeal to some and repel others—and the primarily front-wheel-drive RL is at its best in all-wheel-drive (SH-AWD) form.

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

However, the 2009 Infiniti M (either the M35 or M45) tends to be a nicer combination of comfortable appointments and a charismatic driving personality, leaving the Mercedes and Audi feeling perhaps overly conservative and technical.

2008 Infiniti M35 4-door Sedan RWD Side Exterior View2009 INFINITI M
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2009 Cadillac STS2009 Cadillac STS
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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
The 2009 Infiniti M Series represents a compromise between sport and luxury—but a pleasant one that many shoppers should contemplate.
The 2009 Acura RL tops safety rankings and bristles with technology, but its detached driving feel and over-the-top front-end styling remove it from the best-in-class competition.
The 2009 Cadillac STS isn’t a standout for looks, but you’ll appreciate the way it drives.
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.
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.
If you appreciate luxury and complex engineering solutions, then you'll love the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
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14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6
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4-door Large CarMid-SizeMid-SizeMidsizeMid-SizeMid-Size
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4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan (Natl)4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan 3.2L FrontTrak4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan Sport 3.5L RWD
Rear-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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4-door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic CVTManualAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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