2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: Practically Drives Itself

February 15, 2011

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If you're like me the idea that a modern car, through its numerous and often imposssible-to-defeat electronic controls, is practically driving itself is an infuriating concept. Just the notion makes me want to punch whoever thought this was a good idea. Let me drive. Believe it or not, I can actually do it. And I enjoy it.

However, there is one thing which boils my blood even more than a car which doesn't do what I want.

LA traffic.

Kyle Reese said it best: It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead."

Unless, of course, you drive a car with various electronic controls which make it more bearable. Like, say, our long-term M56. As you might have already read, the M is capable of covering serious miles in bumper-to-bumper traffic without the driver ever touching a pedal. In fact, I can make the majority of my 55-mile commute home -- inlcuding a 200-degree transition ramp -- without touching the pedals once.

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And, combined with technologies like Blind-Spot Warning (pictured in the top photo) and Blind-Spot Intervention, which subtley keeps the car in its lane at the hands of a wandering driver, I'm finding I can get along with the idea of otherwise intrusive electronic controls. Plus, Inifiniti was smart enough to put the on/off button for Blind-Sport Warning within easy thumb reach on the wheel (pictured above). Don't like its warnings? Disable it in a nanosecond.

Let's face it, there's no glory to be had sitting in traffic at four mph. That's not driving, that's insanity. And I'll take every bit of help I can get.

Some days, that commute isn't so bad.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor

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