2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56: How Low Can You Go? Not Low Enough.

January 06, 2011


My first impression of our 2011 Infiniti M56 is generally quite positive. Besides looking gorgeous on the outside, I find the interior to be simultaneously beautiful, well made and utterly functional. In motion, it's quick, balanced and responsive. Infiniti puts out some quality stuff.

But I may never drive it again. Why? It's the driver's seat. I can't stand sitting in it.

Oh, It's comfy enough as far as the shape goes, the leather is nice and it has heating and ventilation. But none of that matters because I simply cannot make the seat bottom go down far enough to suit my 6' 2" frame. I feel kinda like I'm sitting on a high perch, looking through the windscreen's tint band and peeking under the sunvisor, or something. It's not a headroom issue, it's a seeing-out-the-front-properly issue.

Yes, the power adjustable seat cushion can be adjusted up and down both at the front and back ends, but it's that back edge -- the business end cradling my "sit-upon" -- that stops well short of low enough. And I can crank myself down a little farther by lowering the front some more, which, unlike the back, has plenty of range. But when I do that I lose all thigh support and start to feel like I'm sitting at the top of a slide, waiting to hurtle over the edge.

OK, I probably will drive it again. But there's no summer Oregon trip in this one's future -- short hops only for me.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,649 miles

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