The cabin is absolutely luxurious, with a very sporty feel. All of the materials feel wonderful (I got the Premium and Deluxe Touring packages, which add a little to the experience). It is whisper quiet, has LOADS of power, and an amazing array of gizmos. In searching, I ended up visiting dealerships in two different states, and they were both really great. I bought it at Cochran Infiniti in Pittsburgh, and they include a pick-up service where they'll drop off a loaner Infiniti and take your car to service (even though we live 80 miles away!).
Just bought a certified 2012 Infiniti 37x AWD off lease a few months ago and honestly it is the best decision I made. After looking at lower than expected consumer ratings for BMW, Audi A6's minimum $5,000 more price tag and Lexus ES350's nice but favorite drive of gray haired folks, I gave Infiniti a try and honestly I couldn't be happier. The overall value of the car is bar none the best out of all mid-sized luxury models. As a previous Maxima owner, I was looking for a more luxurious but sporty vehicle that doesn't look like a Nissan Altima and this car must be seen and driven in person. The performance is a mix of both BMW and Acura, while the cabin's interior cannot be compared to anything but Lexus all with all wheel drive with the bells and whistles to boot. The body will grow on you and the best part is the car is that it's uncommon and looks 100% better than the previous and more box-y M35. Once you consider the high ownership costs of a German car and reliability of Nissan/Infiniti, you will hopefully come to your senses and seriously consider the M37.
Bought this after reading reviews . I also liked the increase in HP. Owned BMW for past 10 yrs - two 3 series cars. This car cannot hold the road on curves. With the great hp - cornering needs to improve. I have driven 5 series BMW as well (same size as the M) and they hold the road. The blue tooth decides when to work or not work, phone is always connecting and disconnecting. If you get a call when its acting up, it will lock your phone up. Stereo system is terrible. All the speakers rattle, dealer said it is a common problem. They attempted to fix but to no use. I do not blast my radio at all. The auto seat back and steering wheel raise upon exit will just stop working and in a few days start working again - no i did not turn off the feature. For straight open roads it does very well, except you cannot set the cruise control when going over 85 - I live in Texas the speed limits in West Texas are 85. The navigation system is not user friendly,to many screens to go through to set destination. The voice system is not much help. It"s just easier to use my phone. The car looks nice, I have the Malbec black - it looks great in the sunlight. The seats are big and comfy and the heat and cooling work quickly. I just expected better handling and sound system. My son's Ford Fiesta sounds better than this. Needless to say i wont by another Infiniti. To those saying they compare to BMW, but you have not owned one or driven one for more than a day or two - don't tell people that. They do not compare. Now to Cadillac, Lexus etc I cant say because i never drove one of those cars for more than a day or two.
Technology Package ($3,000 -- includes Intelligent cruise control, Lane departure warning and lane departure prevention, Distance control assist, Intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning, blind spot warning and blind spot intervention systems, front pre-crash seat belts, active trace control, eco pedal, adaptive front lighting system with auto-leveling headlights); Premium Package ($3,350 -- includes Infiniti hard drive navigation system with 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, lane guidance and 3-D building graphics, Infiniti voice recognition for audio, navigation, and vehicle information systems, XM NavTraffic with real-time traffic information, XM NavWeather with real time weather and 3-day forecast, Zagat restaurant guide, Bose 2-channel, 10-speaker premium audio system, single in-dash CD/DVD player, 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, streaming audio via Bluetooth wireless technology, climate-controlled front seats, heated steering wheel); Deluxe Touring Package ($3,800 -- includes Bose studio surround sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding, 16-speakers, Forest Air system with advanced auto recirculation, Breeze mode, Plasmacluster air purifier, and Grape Polyphenol filter, power rear sunshade, semi-aniline leather seating, unique quilted seat pattern with contrast piping and additional seat bolstering, White Ash silver-powdered wood trim, suedelike headliner, premium soft touch material for armrests, door inserts, center console and knee pads, premium stitched meter hood).
Naturally aspirated, port-injected, V6, gasoline with auto-stop/start
This car is fast! All acceleration runs were made in Sport. I could feel the torque immediately from launch and it maintains it throughout the run. Upshifts are quick and smooth. Turning off traction control only works up to a point and it intervenes with too much wheelspin. For the best run, I woke up the engine prior to releasing the brake.
Very effective brakes, especially from 30-0. Distances grew shorter for the later stops, but then the brakes began pulling to the right. Overall, very good performance aside from the pulling/drifting.
Skid pad: With ESC off, this car has good balance between understeer and oversteer where the rear steps out slightly just before the front understeers. Good setup with ESC on: a combo of throttle and brakes limits speed and disallows the rear from slipping at all. Either way, the steering is springy and only slightly informative. Slalom: ESC off, just as on the skid pad, the rear slides just enough for confident rotation but now the steering remains effective to catch it. Very good balance and precision in transition. With ESC on, corrections occurred before the rear could rotate, but returned control to driver readily.