2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: Inelegant Console Container Lid

October 14, 2011

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I have never liked this detail in our 2011 Infiniti M56. The car has a huge, dual-tray container plus padded armrest combo that spans the width of its wide center console. But it is the least elegant component in this cabin.

Infiniti designers put a powerful spring-loaded opening mechanism on it so that you wouldn't have to exert what little force might be necessary to lift the lid yourself. But it's a really fat lid and it lifts high to give you access to both tiers of the console, and no matter how many times I open, there's never a good place to put my right arm during the process so it always gets bumped. Also, the plastic release lever/latch feels flimsy when you press it (to execute the opening procedure) and when you go to shut the whole thing, the lid shuts with an unsatisfying clack.

Here's how to fix this: Make the console container narrower. Use a slightly less aggressive spring-loaded mechanism. Use higher quality plastic for the lever/latch and the lid itself. And while you're at, source nicer vinyl for the armrest part.

Erin Riches, Possible Senior Editor

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