High H Point - 2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56: High H Point

September 20, 2011

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Our 2011 Infiniti M56 has some seriously comfortable seats. They're well trimmed, have nice thigh support and are pretty stylish, too. If not for one little thing, I could sit in these for hours and hours on end.

Unfortunately, there is one little thing that keeps this from being an Infiniti seat love fest: the high H (hip) point.

Like a number of men, my +- 6-foot frame is made almost entirely of torso and when I sit in the M56, I feel like I'm sitting ON the car and not IN the car. It's a small but crucial difference, especially in a sport sedan. Reclining the seat back doesn't really help and makes me look foolish, so that's out. The low roof ( thanks sunroof) doesn't help, either.

Now, it's understandable why they do this: People (mostly women if we're being honest) want a tall, commanding view of the road ahead and the more they get this from a sedan, the less they need an SUV. Feeling small does not encourage shopping. Still, in a sport sedan, there should be some sense of being one with the vehicle.

Me? I just want the 9,054-way power seat to go down another 2-inches so I don't feel like I'm riding a stool on top of a rocket ship.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com @ 15,998 miles

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