The 2011 Infiniti M pits itself against some of the best-selling luxury sedans in the world.
The Audi A6 is in its final year of production, yet still offers a balanced ride and handling package, a well-fitted cabin, and choices of engines, transmissions and front- or all-wheel drive.
The BMW 5-Series will be new for 2011, and a more cohesive look will put its recent styling troubles in the past--though electronic systems could overwhelm its essential driving characteristics.
The Benz E-Class arrived new for the 2010 model year, with a sharply pressed new suit and an upgraded interior--and a newfound sense of the road ahead, with sharper, quicker steering and a hot AMG-powered E63 four-door version.
Also revamped this year: the Jaguar XF, which gets a 510-hp V-8 as its most powerful offering while its rejuvenated body still draws stares and its gimmicky interior still wows first-time passengers.
Two dark horses in this race are the turbocharged Lincoln MKS, which marries Volvo-style dynamics with a brilliant powertrain and a distinctive, chrome-lined interior, and the Hyundai Genesis--a dead ringer for the former Infiniti M, down to its leather-trimmed dash and its rippling V-8 option.
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|2011 INFINITI MBrowse Used Listings||2011 BMW 5-SeriesBrowse Used Listings||2010 Audi A6Browse Used Listings||2010 Hyundai GenesisBrowse Used Listings||2010 Jaguar XFBrowse Used Listings||2010 Lincoln MKSBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|N/A||Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V8||Gas V6|
|N/A||Mid-Size||Midsize||Large car||- TBD -||Large|
|N/A||4-Door Sedan 528i RWD||4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 3.2L Premium||4-Door Sedan 3.8L V6||4-Door Sedan Luxury||4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD|
|N/A||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|N/A||4dr Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|N/A||Automatic w/manual shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|
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|2011 INFINITI M vs. 2011 BMW 5-Series||2011 INFINITI M vs. 2010 Audi A6||2011 INFINITI M vs. 2010 Hyundai Genesis||2011 INFINITI M vs. 2010 Jaguar XF||2011 INFINITI M vs. 2010 Lincoln MKS|