2011 Infiniti M56: Watches the Weather
February 09, 2011
I'm a seriously addicted surfer and snowboarder. So for me, watching the weather is akin to a compulsive gambler checking the odds in Vegas or reading a racing form. While I can appreciate that the 2011 Infiniti M56 would let me know that there's a high surf warning -- although I'm sure Surfline.com would have tipped me off to a big swell long before -- the car's nanny-like weather alerts quickly start to sound a lot like Chicken Little.
I've driven variations of the Infiniti M in three different locations -- LA, Detroit and the Pacific Northwest -- and each time the various vehicles issued some type of audible weather warning. In Motown it was a flood warning on a sunny summer day. In the PNW it was something to do with thunderstorms, and recently in LA it was because of high winds -- mild Santa Anas one day, and a stiff sea breeze the next.
I obsessively stay on top of the weather, and appreciate that the M56 can give me current conditions, warnings and forecasts -- not only for my area but across the country. But the audible weather reports get tiring and, fortunately, they can be easily turned off.
Bob Dylan famously sang "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows." And if you own an Infiniti, you don't even need a Brick Tamland. Though using Brick's voice in the M would be a big improvement.
Doug Newcomb, Senior Editor, Technology