2011 Infiniti M56: ECO is ODD
December 30, 2010
I'm with Hellwig when it comes to the Sport setting. I'd just set it there and forget it. I tried out the Eco mode on the way into the office today and it's just plain odd.
Besides neutering a good chunk of the M56's performance, it also engages the EcoPedal, which pushes back when you start applying more throttle. You can push past it with enough leg pressure, so at least you can get a good blast of power if needed. It takes some getting used to, for sure, but I'm beginning to see its merits. I'd prefer something like the EcoPedal to the usual efficiency meters that require more attention. This means you can keep your eyes on the road, and that's always good.
Whether or not this kind of system sees widespread acceptance is anyone's guess. I think with some fine tuning, it has potential.
What do you think? Is it just a novelty?
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor