2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: Easy to Park

May 31, 2011

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That's a shot of the Casahashi backyard. Getting into the spot where the Infiniti is pictured is pretty easy for smaller cars (Cruze, Mazda 2, Fiat 500), but larger cars like the 5 Series and even our Kia Optima require a bit more work. The smaller cars slot in there with a 6-point-minimum turn. The last time I got the BMW 528i in there, it needed a 10-point turn. How did the Infiniti fare?

Surprisingly, the M56 got into the spot requiring only a 6-point maneuver. Impressive, considering its size, but even more so in terms of the ease in which it did it. The light steering made lock-to-lock turns a cinch and the turning circle seemed well-suited to tight spots. The rearview camera with the predictive lines was also a welcome addition and eliminated any need for parking sensors.

I experienced the same thing with our FX50, so now I'm wondering if this is an Infiniti thing. If it is, color me impressed.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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