The redesigned M37 brings sharper looks to a pleasant, civilized luxury car. Nissan’s luxury Infiniti division has never enjoyed the cachet or sales success of Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, but not because the cars as lacking: The mid-sized G sports sedan has topped our ratings in its category since 2007 and the slightly larger M has been our top-rated sports sedan since 2006.
Nissan hopes the redesigned 2011 M will draw more interest with its curvier styling and lower stance. We recently bought a rear-wheel-drive M37, which stickered for $53,825. A V8, called the M56, tops the range. All-wheel drive is available for both.
Driving Impressions: The new M37 is quick, responsive, and comfortable, but it’s not as spacious inside as the previous generation and the plush cabin is not as quiet as most competitors’. The ride is firm yet supple. The suspension mutes most impacts well and body control is quite solid. Moderate wind and road noise penetrate at speed,but the cabin stays quiet overall.