November 11, 2011
I chose our 2011 Infiniti M56 for a peaceful drive up the coast last weekend. I thought I had things all figured out. Well, my plan backfired.
The M56 was a great choice for the wife and I to make the trip. It was not the best choice considering we had to drop off the kid and associated paraphernalia at the grandparent's about 60 miles into our drive. At this age, he doesn't travel light...
The trunk was already loaded with the high chair, stroller, playpen and various plastic distraction devices when the word came down that there was more.
May 23, 2011
It's baaack. After a brief hiatus, our "Does the Bike Fit?" series has been renewed for a second thrilling season. Popular demand (meaning no more than one Edmunds staffer expressed interest. And no, it wasn't Jacquot; he already thinks he knows all there is to know about bicycles) pretty much required we keep it going.
Today we examine the Infiniti M56. So, does the bike fit?
As you can see, yes, the bike does fit. But it's a bit of a squeeze-fest to stuff a mountain bike with cheater 29-inch wheels into the back seat, despite the fact the M56 is actually a good-sized sedan.
May 16, 2011
The specs on the Infiniti M56 says the cargo area is 14.9 cubic feet with all seats in place. I can't believe that is all, not that that would be particularly small.
I went shopping this weekend and bought bulky things like pillows and door mats and also stopped for groceries in the same trip. The M56 trunk seemed so huge to me. It swallowed up everything and still had room for more.
I was very surprised when I looked up the actual measurement. I thought it would be at least 16 cu.ft.
Have a look at the photos and tell me if I'm crazy.
February 10, 2011
"Scott, we've got an assignment for you down in Orange County. Can you drive the M56?"
Being that I've never driven our M56, or any M56 for that matter, I enthusiastically said yes. Then it struck me: I'm setting up lights for this shoot. How am I supposed to fit all my gear, especially the c-stands into this thing?
Well, it doesn't have fold down rear seats which really is a bummer for my mass of gear. I'm a little fearful to place my stuff on the rear seats. I don't want any damage done to the leather seats or door trim from hard case corners and metal components shifting around as I drive down to the OC.
Thankfully our M56 does have a pass through so I was able to fit my c-stands in the trunk. The rest of the trunk, while fairly large, does have some pretty good intrusions from the rear wheels; something you'd naturally expect for sure, but with my inflexible large gear bags it was a little tricky. With a little wiggling and a couple of tries I was able to get all of it in.
I was pretty surprised but very happy. I was able to fit all my junk inside that trunk.
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 4,140 miles