Monday, September 20, 2010
Infiniti M37 Improves on its Greatness
The M37 replaces the previous M35 model, and as such comes with a heartier 3.7-liter V-6 engine that makes 330 horsepower. There is a seven-speed automatic transmission, with paddle shifters.
But the added power does not hurt fuel economy; gas mileage for this model actually improves to 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
The M37 is a rear-wheel drive model, but another model, the M37x, comes with all-wheel drive.
Infiniti,Nissan's luxury brand, has taken a far more creative approach to styling the M37. There is now a chiseled hood, a fancier grille and rear fascia and swooping lines that run the length of the car.
Also, check out the dual exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The M37 now looks like a performance car, in addition to driving like one.
Infiniti offers five option levels from which to pick: Premium, Deluxe Touring, Sport, Sport Touring and Technology.
The great styling extends to the interior, where you'll find top-notch materials and superb fit and finish.
Infiniti says that the M37 offers dual zone climate control, 10-way power driver’s and front-passenger’s seats, leather-appointed interior with Japanese Ash wood trim and backup camera as standard features.
Depending on the package you choose, you can also get heated seats, updated navigation system with 8-inch touch-screen display, Lane Guidance and 3-D building graphics and XM NavTraffic with real-time traffic information.
The Premium Package lets you really enjoy your music with a 10-speaker Bose premium audio system, 9.3GB Music Box hard drive and in-dash DVD player.
Infiniti takes safety seriously, packing the M37 with six airbags, an electronic stability system with traction control, antilock brakes and active front head restraints, all standard. Infiniti also includes its Lane Departure Prevention system, which beeps if you drift outside of your lane, and Blind Spot Intervention system, which warns you when a car is in your blind spot.
The test drive model, which came with the Sport Touring package, had a sticker price of $59,660.
The sensational driving performance and great new looks of the M37 make it a very worthy competitor in the midsize luxury sedan market.