2011 Infiniti M56: More On The Ride Quality
March 31, 2011
Back in January, James wrote a post about our M's ride quality. His basic premise was that luxury sedans like the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class are superior in the way they deal with bumps in the road. While I agree with that basic premise (and in general James and I have pretty similar takes on cars), my overall opinion on our M56's ride isn't nearly as negative as his was.
James wrote: "The M56 doesn't absorb impacts with the sophistication of a proper $50,000 luxury sedan. It hits a bump and it feels like the giant wheels are smacking against it, sending jittery vibrations throughout the car." I've been driving our M56 for a week straight and haven't noticed anything "jittery" about the ride. In my opinion, the car deals with bumps in a perfectly acceptable manner.
Again, I agree that our M56's ride isn't as good as a 5 Series or an E-Class, particularly if they're fitted with their optional adaptive suspensions. But my overall take would be that while the ride isn't quite as refined as what you can get from other mid-size luxury sedans, this deficiency is a pretty minor issue.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor