Fuel Economy Edition - 2011 Infiniti M56 vs. 2012 Infiniti M35h Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56 vs. 2012 Infiniti M35h: Fuel Economy Edition

August 12, 2011

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Last week we brought you a track tested shootout between our Long Term 2011 Infiniti M56 and the hybrid-powered M35h.

The M56 with the big V8 walked away with a decisive win in the performance category, but that was to be expected. The M35h, though, held its own.

So now we turn the tables and look at the two from a greener POV to see how each stands up in real world driving.

The EPA says that the 2011 Infiniti M56 should get 16/25 with an average of 19.

The M35h, should manage 27/32 with an average of 29 mpg.

But do they?

2012 Infiniti M35h 24.4
2011 Infiniti M56 19.2

So we didn't hit the EPA numbers on the Hybrid, but we've pretty much nailed them for the M56. This could be due to limited miles compared with the thousands and thousands we've logged in the one we own, or it could be because the hybrid is a blast to drive and has a ton of torque and we got carried away.....

Either way, 5 mpg is a significant increase. Is it enough for you to consider the hybrid?

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Edmunds.com


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