2011 Infiniti M56: Radio Presets + Much More
August 25, 2011
Last week I criticized the Hyundai Equus (and others) for lacking radio preset buttons. Well, the Infiniti M56 does have them and I like that. In fact, I like this entire set up. There are physical buttons, but they are well separated and there aren't too many (unlike Honda or our Volt). There is a multi-purpose knob, which is the best way to zoom in on the navi map or whip through iPod menus. What sets the Infiniti really apart, however, is that it has a touchscreen on top of all that. It's mounted high and thus not readily at hand meaning you don't use its functionality that often. But there are those times when it's quicker to just lean forward and press the screen -- like when wanting to switch to a North-up navi map orientation.
I really appreciate this redundancy because it allows you to choose your preferred method of controlling the car's myriad electronics features. I wish more cars were like this, and really, the Equus is only a touchscreen and six numbered preset buttons from being equal.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor