2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: Cedric and Gloria

December 12, 2011

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Although the current Infiniti M56 is based on the Japanese market's Nissan Fuga it wasn't always that way. The first generation "M", made from 2003-2004 and called the M45 at the time, was based on the Nissan Gloria, which was the sportier sibling to the Nissan Cedric. In naming its cars for the Japanese market, Nissan has a thing for personal names (Silvia, Serena, Sunny, etc.)

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I came across a 2003 Infiniti M45 when I was at Carmax last week and thought that it would be a fun used luxury car to own. The 2003 M45 was a rear-wheel-drive sedan powered by a 4.5-liter V8 that made 340 horsepower. The styling is a bit polarizing and the car kind of looks like a Ford Crown Victoria, but it I like it. Carmax was asking about$14,000 for this one, but I found one for $8,000 on AutoTrader. Talk that person down to $7,000 and the M45 is a great bargain luxury car.

M45 Int.jpg What do you think of the M45?

Nissan Gloria commercial with Richard Branson

Nissan Cedric commercial with high-powered lawyers

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 19,382 miles

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