2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: Just Civil Enough

October 10, 2011

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Last night, I went out to dinner in our long-term 2011 Infiniti M56 with my boyfriend's family. There's just enough legroom and shoulder room for four adults to get comfortable in this car -- nobody had to scoot way up, but neither is there tons of room to spare.

His parents give me the benefit of the doubt in most areas, but I was still making an extra effort to be smooth with my inputs. I didn't even consider using the drivetrain's Sport mode. Still, the M's non-linear throttle response got me on two occasions, as the big V8 suddenly tugged hard on the leash as I was accelerating gingerly from a stop. "This car must have a lot of power," I heard from the backseat.

Uh-huh, it does. And that makes me want to cut the Infiniti some slack. This car is rated for 420 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque, and when you floor the throttle on a freeway entrance ramp, well, it gets exciting in a hurry... when did we start thinking of 400-horsepower sedans as docile creatures that should be as easy and smooth to drive as a Toyota Avalon? I think I'm going to blame Mercedes.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,765 miles

P.S. If you're in L.A. and hunger for Hakata-style ramen (wherein the broth is pork bone-based), Shin-sen-gumi is a good place to go.

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