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Infiniti M35 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 7-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 303 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Infiniti M35

  • With an appealing trifecta of performance, luxury and technology, the 2010 Infiniti M35 is a solid choice for those looking for a luxury sport sedan.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Excellent handling, luxurious and comfy interior, tons of tech amenities, cutting-edge safety features.

  • Cons

    Stiff ride for a luxury sedan, busy center stack controls, not as quiet as some competitors.

  • What's New for 2010

    In its last year of its production cycle, the 2010 Infiniti M35 sees no major changes for the new model year, with only a few tweaks to option packages.

Full 2010 Infiniti M35 Review

What's New for 2010

In its last year of its production cycle, the 2010 Infiniti M35 sees no major changes for the new model year, with only a few tweaks to option packages.


A car heading into the last year of its product cycle is a bit like a lame-duck politician: It has nothing left to prove, and very few radical changes can be expected. And if it hasn't yet proven that it can perform, it probably won't get another chance. While the 2010 Infiniti M35 is anything but lame -- and the company's flagship sedan series will be back bigger and better for 2011 -- the analogy holds true since this swan song model sees no major changes. Plus, the current version of the M35 has nothing to prove since it's already a competent competitor in the midsize luxury class.

The M35 already has a vivacious V6 and adept handling abilities that will please more performance-oriented buyers, while also sporting an elegant interior and ample convenience features that will lure the luxury car crowd. Its 3.5-liter V6 produces a stout 303 horsepower, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission on rear-drive models. With the AWD version, the engine is matched with a five-speed automatic. And like other Infinitis, the M35 offers cutting-edge safety, conveniences and tech amenities.

As good as it is, the M35 does fall short in some areas when compared to the competition. It doesn't quite measure up performance-wise to the BMW 5 Series, nor does it match the road manners of the Lexus GS 350 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. And in terms of price, the M35 costs considerably more than the segment-spoiling Hyundai Genesis. Still, the differences among these contenders are subtle and largely subjective. So for anyone shopping for a midsize luxury sedan, the 2010 Infiniti M35 is still worth a look.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Infiniti M35 is a midsize luxury sport sedan available in two well-appointed trim levels. Standard features on both the base model M35 and the all-wheel-drive M35x include 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, keyless ignition/entry, 10-way power heated/ventilated front seats with driver memory settings, Bluetooth and a six-speaker audio system with a CD/MP3 changer, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio jack.

Options packages for the M35 and M35x are identical, with the exception of the Sport package, which is only available on the RWD version. That package includes 19-inch alloy wheels, rear active steering, a sport-tuned suspension, sport body styling, bolstered front seats and interior aluminum trim that replaces the standard wood accents. The Technology package available on both models includes a hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic updates, an upgraded eight-speaker Bose sound system with a single-CD player that replaces the standard six-disc changer, 9GB of digital music storage, iPod connectivity, a rearview camera and voice-activated controls.

For even more bells and whistles, an Advanced Technology package adds a Bose 14-speaker surround-sound system, adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning and prevention system.

Powertrains and Performance

The 3.5-liter V6 that debuted on the 2009 M35 produces 303 hp and 262 pound-feet of torque remains for this model year, as do the seven-speed automatic transmission on the RWD model and the five-speed on the M35x AWD version. Both transmissions offer manual shift control and rev-matched downshifts. The EPA rates fuel economy at an estimated 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 19 mpg in combined driving for the M35 and 16/22/18 mpg for the M35x.


Standard safety features of the 2010 Infiniti M35 include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The Advanced Technology package adds such safety features as a lane departure warning system that signals when the driver inadvertently drifts out of a lane on the highway and lane departure prevention that lightly applies brake pressure to specific wheels to automatically steer the car back on track.

This package also includes automatic pre-pressurizing of the brakes to improve stopping power in an emergency braking situation when sensors detect that a crash could occur. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the M its highest mark of "Good" for protection in frontal-offset and side-impact collisions.

Interior Design and Special Features

The spacious interior of the M35 has room for five passengers and can comfortably accommodate four adults. Luxury touches include soft leather seating and tasteful wood accents. The buttons arrayed around a central control knob in the center stack give the dash an overly busy look and feel. But we've found that between the center stack controls, the touchscreen controller in the dash and the steering wheel buttons, aspects of the M35's extensive tech and convenience features are easier to operate than most competitors.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Infiniti M35's V6 should provide ample power for all but the most demanding drivers. For them, there's the V8-equipped M45. Even though the M35 boasts excellent handling, ride quality doesn't suffer because of it and is actually quite comfortable. But buyers looking for a softer full-luxury feel may find the M35 a bit too stiff, particularly when paired with the Sport package. Road noise at highway speeds is acceptably quiet, although not as attenuated as in such competitors as the Mercedes E350 or Lexus GS 350.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Good overall, but small details

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti M35 x 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

1. Climate control - it relies on outside sensor to adjust the heating/cooling, which often produces bad results. 2. Rear view mirror - manual, so not remembered by memory settings. 3. My car has a rattle from the rear subwoofer, due to low quality child seat cover plastic, which they can't fix; 4. My car has a badly fit panel, which I plan on having them fix soon; 5. Fuel economy is sub-par (partly due to 5-speed, the new 7-speed addresses that somewhat, and heavy weight of the car); 6. When braking, auto transmission tries to "engine brake" which is supposed to save some fuel - good idea, however, in 1st and 2nd it causes uneven braking experience; 7. I would've preferred the auto transmis

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Incredible performance, solid ride, great

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti M35 x 4dr Sedan AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Just purchased a 2010 M35x, Solid through and through. Incredible performance for a sport sedan. Interior is well made, with African rose wood trim. back seat in very spacious. Bose stereo sounds great. have the techno package. Driving the car feels very stable and quiet. Seats are very comfortable. Interior materials are high quality. If 303 HP doesn't move you, nothing will. Best car that has ever been part of my fleet. Looked at BMW and Mercedes. Reliability is much better with the infiniti

2010 m 35 acceleration/braking defects

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti M35 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A)

I leased a new 2010 M 35. This was my 9th Nissan/Infinity vehicle since 1996. This vehicle has been a huge disappointment. The vehicle has demonstrated low speed and high speed rpm increases while downs shifting. At high speeds, this is causing additional wear and tear on the drive train as evidenced by a large clanking noise. At low speeds, this is causing excess wear and tear on brakes. In both situations, it poses a safety hazard. Nissan/Infinity claims this is within the normal operating range, but the problem is significant and widespread as evidenced by Nissan/Infinity's own service people and engineers. Infinity will be forced to address this very soon or face a Toyota situation.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

M35 resolution to rough down

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti M35 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A)

In regard to the post below: Infiniti released a reflash for the Transmission Control Module (TCM) to resolve this issue. (7 SPEED A/T; HARSH 4-3 DOWNSHIFT ON DECELERATION; ITB09-032) The software patch made a world of difference in the shifting of my M. No more 4-3 downshift problems and much better shifting in all gears as well as Gas mileage improved!!! I'm happy now and have gained acceptance once again in Infiniti.

Breaking problems

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti M35 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A)

While I had great hope for my 2010 M35, it has serious breaking and down shifting problems. This must be addressed by Infiniti. Even service reps have reported "problems with the 7-speed transmission." While it looks great and drives superbly on a highway, the can is like a bucking- bronco when braking and decelerating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

M35 is a competitive winner

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti M35 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A)

Carefully reviewed, tested, and analyzed Toyota Avalon 2011 Limited, Hyundai Genesis, Acura TL, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes Benz C class, and Infiniti M35. Purchased the Infiniti M35 because of these four advantages (ranked in order) Price (less than $39,000 with $11,000+ incentive), exterior/interior design and fit, visibility/safety, and driving comfort/performance. In first 1,000 miles of city/highway driving MPG is 24.6. Its turning circle and panic braking capability are excellent. Instrument panel is easy to read both day and night; blue-oriented night feature is a nice touch. Only negative: Noise from engine acceleration -- this is no silent hybrid powering up when the light turns green!

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