Infiniti’s next generation Hybrid M-Class is built to compete with top-level Luxury vehicles, like the BMW’s 7 series or Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class. Although less powerful and less luxurious than the before mentioned type of models, it is a lot less expensive, thus making a choice worth considering if you’re looking to buy a luxurious, eco-friendly vehicle.
The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid’s power comes from two engines: an electrical one, which produces 67 horsepower, and is able to run the car solely on electricity, and a gasoline 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 293 horsepower.
This car features brake charging, as most of the hybrid vehicles these days. The lithium-ion batteries take up some of the trunk’s space, making it small and unpractical. Sadly, there isn’t any plug-in capability.
The acceleration is very good while in sport mode. When the throttle is pushed, the car starts going on electricity, and the gasoline engine is only used when needed, or when the battery is empty. Thanks to this system, the M35 Hybrid goes 30mpg (combined). The Eco mode, though, decreases both top speed and acceleration, while increasing fuel economy.
The M35 features multiple driver assistance features, making it easy to drive: adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring and Distance Control Assist. This model comes with 16 speakers, including four of them on the shoulders of the front seats. The internet radio, iPod integration, Bluetooth audio streaming, USB drive and 3D navigation system are also included in the base version.
The base cost price starts at $53,700.