2011 Infiniti M56: Adaptive Cruise Control
April 29, 2011
I somehow ended up in the middle of the desert this week and had to drive back in our long-term M56 (notice the bug graveyard on the bumper). I'm usually not a fan of cruise control, but on a flat, featureless expanse of highway, I gave it a shot. The last time I tested an Infiniti QX56, I complained that the adaptive cruise control was far too abrupt. When traffic cleared in front, the QX felt like it almost hit full throttle to reach the target cruise control speed. When a car entered the same lane, the QX felt like it slammed on its brakes.
I expected the M56 to be similarly jumpy, but I was wrong
It was smooth -- a nice gentle ramp up to speed and a gradual coast to slow down. I'm glad Infiniti got it right on this one. Cooled seats also made the drive seem a lot shorter. There some things that I don't like about the Infiniti M56 (I'll save those for another post), but as a long-haul sedan, I admit, I'm a fan.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor