Car Review: 2013 Infiniti M holds its own as a midsize luxury car

The 2013 Infiniti M qualities definitely stand up to the competition. Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, February 25, 2013 — Taking a look at the 2013 Infiniti M luxury sedan, one is left to wonder what are the very best qualities since there are quite a few. Performance, and that includes handling, can’t be argued against. Then of course there are also the many technology components and an interior and exterior that also gets higher than average marks as well.

The luxurious Infiniti M series.

The luxurious Infiniti M series.

In the 2013 Infiniti M model, changes are minimal with the Sport package being made available in all-wheel-drive and features that have been added like auto-dimming mirrors on the exterior as well as a power soft trunk.

Competition on the 2013 Infiniti M includes the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes Benz E-Class, Lexus GS350, and the Audi A6, all offering a variety of “best of bests,” with the Infiniti standing proudly alongside.

Trims for this midsize luxury sedan include the M37, M35h and M56. The M37 offers 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, fog lights, power-folding heated and auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, sunroof, the aforementioned power soft-closing trunk lid, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, heated power front seats with a power lumbar support, and a rearview camera.

The M35h has all the M37 offerings with an added hybrid element and unusual control instruments. On the M56 you get additional rear parking sensors, a navigation system, voice recognition, heated and cooled front seats and a heated steering wheel as well as a top-of-the-line, 10-speaker audio system. The additions on the M56 can also be added on to the other two trims in the Premium package.

On the packages, the options are bundled together and in addition to the Premium package there is also a Deluxe Touring package with a power rear sunshade, air purifier, upgraded leather upholstery and interior, and the Technology package that has additional adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning and prevention system, a blind-spot warning system, a forward collision warning system, adaptive headlights, and an eco pedal.

The M37 and M56 have specific Sport packages depending on trim with the M37 offering 20-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension and brakes, four-wheel active steering, and sport seats and steering wheel.

There are also a variety of options that come individually like a rear deck lid spoiler and the aerodynamic body kit.

Under the hood, the 2013 Infiniti M37 has a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque and that also includes the standard seven-speed automatic transmission with the four different shift modes of Standard, Sport, Snow, or Eco.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for the M37 and M56 trims.

For the engine on the M56 you get a 5.6-liter V8 engine with 420 horsepower and 417 pound feet of torque. The M35h hybrid has 360 horsepower and a gas-fueled 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor.

The safety features on the 2013 Infiniti M includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front side and side curtain airbags, active head restraints, a rearview camera, and, depending if the Technology package is added, extra safety in the lane-departure warning and prevention system, blind-spot warning system, plus a forward collision warning system with intelligent brake assist.

Inside the Infiniti M there is nothing to disappoint, neither with the high-quality design nor the material used. The Deluxe Touring package even takes it a step further with diamond-quilted leather seats and silver-powdered wood trim coupled with faux-suede, all about the perfection of touch.

There is also plenty of room inside and easy visibility all around. Kudos goes to the M for its entertainment and high-end audio offering, which is easy to use as well. The trunk offers 14.9-cubic-feet of space, with the exception of the M35h with 11.3 cubic feet.

This car is an all-around good drive with easy steering and handling with lots of power to get you into or out of whatever you need to do in comfort and style.

Should You Need to Know: With an impressive zero to 60, the M37 takes it in 5.9 seconds and the M56 and M35h in just 5.2 seconds.

Miles Per Gallon: On the 2013 Infiniti M37 that I drove, mileage per gallon came in at 18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: The 2013 Infiniti M37 carries a price tag of $62,095.

Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1300 articles to her credit in the past 15-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a national radio show called “The Duva Show” where her “The Insider Mag’s” I’m Standing Here segment can be heard weekly between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. Monday evenings.

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and the North Texas Film Critics and writes for the Dallas Morning News, Focus Daily New, Living Magazine and Valley Scene Magazines as well as www.greensourceDFW. She also spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book release is “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma” from www.historypress.net and she will be publishing her ninth book this spring about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.

 


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.

 

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