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Better and worse than an M45
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Blastphemy
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2011 Infiniti M56 4dr Sedan (5.6L 8cyl 7A)


Review

Infiniti has gone to great lengths refining many aspects of the M for 2011 but there are still many things that need improvement. While I enjoy my M56 a lot, there are features that worked better on my '08 M45 (such as XM NavTraffic, which is a disaster on the M56 and every other 2010+ Infiniti model). And there are features that are completely backwards, like the armrest button you press OUT to fold the side mirrors IN, and the song selection button you press UP to switch to the next song DOWN on the list. Doors lock automatically at 15mph and you can't do anything about it. And there is so little ability to customize the warning/intervention systems that one is inclined to leave them off!


Best Features

Blind-Spot Warning/Intervention; no more legal challenge from the navigation system every time you turn on your car; gorgeous interior; more-powerful engine with better gas mileage than M45; Forest Air; ventilated front seats; comfy front seats with Deluxe Touring Package; Malbec Black exterior.


Worst Features

The Around-View Monitor found on the FX, EX, and QX is the most egregious omission from the M. (The BMW 550i has it!) There isn't any form of visual/audible distance warning for the front end and four corners, which is ridiculous. Also, add a Valet Mode, and enable Bluetooth Call Waiting/Caller ID.


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Better and worse than an M45
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By Blastphemy
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2011 Infiniti M56 4dr Sedan (5.6L 8cyl 7A)


Review

Infiniti has gone to great lengths refining many aspects of the M for 2011, but there are still many things that need improvement. While I enjoy my M56 a lot, there are features that worked better on my '08 M45 (such as XM NavTraffic, which is a disaster on the M56 and every other 2010+ Infiniti model). And there are features that are completely backwards, like the armrest button you press OUT to fold the side mirrors IN, and the song selection button you press UP to switch to the next song DOWN on the list. Doors lock automatically at 15mph and you can't do anything about it. And there is so little ability to customize the warning/intervention systems that one is inclined to leave them off!


Best Features

Blind-Spot Warning/Intervention; no more legal challenge from the navigation system every time you turn on your car; gorgeous interior; more-powerful engine with better gas mileage than M45; Forest Air; ventilated front seats; comfy front seats with the Deluxe Touring Package; Malbec Black exterior.


Worst Features

The AROUND-VIEW MONITOR found on the FX, EX, and QX is the most egregious omission from the M. (The BMW 550i has it!) There isn't any form of visual/audible distance warning for the front end and four corners, which is ridiculous. Also, add a VALET MODE, and enable Bluetooth CALL WAITING/CALLER ID.


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Must be test driven
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Flans
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2011 Infiniti M56 x 4dr Sedan AWD (5.6L 8cyl 7A)


Review

This is my 3rd M and is the the best of the lot in all aspects except one. The transmission is a disaster. It has too many gears and is constantly searching for the correct one. Very annoying. It's a magnificent beast on the highway on a long trip. Not meant to be driven around town.


Best Features

"Blind Spot feature is fantastic. Very comfortable seating and plush interior. Sound system is unbeatable.


Worst Features

Motor locking trunk should be standard at that price. One of the 4 drive modes should be for city driving.


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Bravo!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By seattle
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2011 Infiniti M56 x 4dr Sedan AWD (5.6L 8cyl 7A)


Review

The only thing better than my M45, was the M45X I purchased, then along came the M56X - I got one of the first in the region. Nissan really listened when they built this. Everything has improved, and the additional horsepower puts it into a different league. I love the ride - feels more substantial, and corners like it's on rails with breathtaking acceleration. My wife says it reminds her of our BMW 750 - but more fun, with a sexier interior and exterior. Electronics, back up cam, sound system, etc. all exceptional. They even added a heated steering wheel and retractable outside mirrors. The dial-a-transmission is very clever. Bravo!


Best Features

Looks, reminds me a bit of the Maserati Quattroporte - photos don't do it justice. Power. Sound system. Handling. CD Storage capacity. Controls that allow access to electronics via touchscreen, console or on steering wheel.


Worst Features

I haven't run into anything yet as it's too new. Loaded a CD into memory that it didn't tag with a name, but think that is because it was home brew disk.


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From Lexus to Mercedes to Infiniti
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By LAS
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2011 Infiniti M56 4dr Sedan (5.6L 8cyl 7A)


Review

Just sold my 2007 Lexus LS460L and made a mistake in buying a 2008 Mercedes E350. Disappointed with the Mercedes, I went shopping and discovered the 2011 Infiniti M56. Great car all around. Fast, powerful, refined, comfortable and lots of bells and whistles.


Best Features

Comfortable yet firm ride, powerful engine, gorgeous interior, great radio, lane departure warning and blind spot detection, rear camera, 3D navigation


Worst Features

Park assist and push button close trunk are necessary components of this type of car at its price point


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