Passenger Point of View - 2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56: Passenger Point of View

August 08, 2011


I, too, spent a lot of time on the 101 this weekend, more than I should have had to. But that's life in sunny southern California. Traffic jams on the freeways even on the weekends.

The girls and I headed north to the outlet stores in Camarillo. Lots of good shopping, lunch, talk -- you know, girl stuff. As always I'm the designated driver and my friends look forward to seeing what car I'll turn up in. My passengers were very pleased with the Infiniti M56. It has a spacious interior, soft touch surfaces, and lots of comfort features like heated/cooled seats and a strong air conditioning system with rear vents for backseat passengers. Satellite radio provided uninterrupted entertainment, an insulated quiet cabin didn't interfere with good conversation, and a roomy trunk held all of our goodies.

My friend Bonnie really liked the paint color. It's silvery gray but she detected a touch of a brown undertone to it. She thought it was unusual and that the interior color of the leather was also an interesting combination that made for an elegant presentation.

I ended up not using the navigation system. It is easy to use but slow going when inputting your destination. It tries too soon to guess what you are typing and is often wrong. No, I don't want to go to Ventura Blvd in Oxnard, I want to go to Camarillo. You also can't use it while the car is moving, so my shotgun passenger couldn't work it on the fly. And it gave us strange directions. So I cancelled the route guidance.

The placements of the seat heater/cooler controls could be better. I accidentally bumped on the seat heater with my purse. You know I like my heated seats but not on a hot sunny day. And my passenger accidentally bumped on her seat cooler. It kind of freaked her out a little until she realized what it was.

All in all, it was a good day and we got loads and loads of new clothes. As a bonus, here is a picture of Bonnie's beautiful puppy, Mickey.


Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 14,214 miles

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