2012 INFINITI M vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

At a base price well under $50,000 and a top end higher than $60,000, the 2012 Infiniti M37 and M56 compete with the Audi A6, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW 5-Series, the Lexus GS, the Jaguar XF, and even the Hyundai Genesis and Lincoln MKS—but it’s the E-Class, 5-Series and XF that find themselves outgunned in many ways by the new M. The Audi A6 was just redesigned for 2012, with a plush, well-detailed interior and advanced interface shared with the A7; but its interior is quite conservative.

The BMW 5-Series was also new last year, and it has better handling than the previous version and even more safety tech.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has 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.

The Jaguar XJ can't be forgotten either; especially in 510-hp XFR form, it's almost exotic-quick while drawing looks from all kinds; but its tight backseat remains a major drawback.

Also, the Lexus GS has been completely redesigned for 2012, with better performance and a sharper look.

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Quick Specs
The 2012 Infiniti M sedans are true super-sedans, delivering sharp handling, scorching performance, and impressive comfort, with a beautiful but not overwrought design inside and out.
It's the same V-6 blast to drive as the far more sexy A7, which makes the 2012 Audi A6 a little irrelevant for those not fixated on five seats or four cylinders.
The 2012 Audi A7 is a tech powerhouse and design standout, showing that hatchback practicality can indeed be sexy.
The 2012 BMW 5-Series appears somewhat conservative on the outside, but it packs an armada of advanced-tech firepower, and new fuel-efficient engines, without interrupting its sport-sedan mission.
Scorching acceleration, nimble handling, and true luxury-car refinement complement style and fashion to swoon over in the 2012 Jaguar XF; backseat space remains its only reality check.
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Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V8
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Midsize CarMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMid-SizeMidsize Car
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan FrontTrak 2.0T Premium4-Door HB quattro 3.0 Premium4-Door Sedan 528i RWD4-Door Sedan
Rear-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4-Door SedanSedanSedan4dr Sedan4 Door Sedan
AutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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