2011 Infiniti M56: Not a Very Firm Handshake
June 08, 2011
I've heard car designers refer to a car's "handshake" on various occasions. It's designer speak for the way a car introduces itself to the driver. It can refer to everything from the feel of the seats to the sound of the warning chimes. It can also be something as simple as the thump of the door closing or, in this case, the feel of the door handle.
Our M56 has fairly elegant looking handles with an easy to use keyless entry button. They deliver a good first impression -- at least until you reach out and grab one. You expect something solid, mechanical and precise. Instead you get a handle that feels hollow and made of plastic.
To its credit, it is precise. The handle fits and moves with zero freeplay, but given that it's the first thing you touch every time you get in the car, it always leaves me a bit cold. And for the record, the handle on our BMW 528i isn't much better in this regard.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com