Not the Best Choice - 2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test

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2011 Infiniti M56: Not the Best Choice

November 11, 2011

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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.

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"We need to pack the Exersaucer (giant green thing) too." Still, I thought I was ahead of the game. I slid the exer-thingy in the back seat next to the child seat. Food, diapers and the sort were packed into the immense trunk. Plenty of room for the 3 of us.

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But the cascade continued, "Don't forget the bathtub. Here are my bags. And some snacks for the drive." Once it spilled into the front seat I knew I was in trouble. I kept packing, even buckled the bags into the seat, before the inevitable reached my ears. "You expect me to ride back here? I like the car, but not enough to ride like a sardine for an hour. Let's take my Journey."

I didn't have much ground to stand on. It was cramped in there. I didnt realize this kid had so much stuff. My home is being overrun with plastic. Now the car. And now I had to drive an old Journey on my vacation. I was bummed.

Any other weekend the M56 would be a great road tripper. Not this time. But I can't really fault the car for being too small. My life has just become too big.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 18,189 miles

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