The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid sedan earned an verage Total Car Score, likely reflecting the sedan's higher purchase price when compared to the traditional gasoline model (which scored quite well).
The hybrid version of Infiniti's flagship sedan is noted for being the greenest model in the automaker's lineup. It delivers the identical high-quality interior and innovative electronics as its siblings, but with improved fuel economy — and with almost no concession to performance. Many who drive it offer kudos to Infiniti for retaining the traditional seven-speed automatic instead of a lackluster continuously-variable transmission (often utilized in hybrid models). The seven-speed retains the M's sporty driving experience, even in this hybrid version.
With a competent gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain there really are no downsides to the M Hybrid except for the loss of some loss of trunk space and a higher purchase price.
While the current, gasoline-fed M sedan debuted last year, its gasoline-electric hybrid variant is all-new for 2012.
The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid is a five-passenger four-door sedan offered in just one body style with only one powertrain. It is sold as the M35h.
Under the hood of the M35h is a standard 3.5-liter six-cylinder gasoline-fed engine boosted by a single 67 horsepower electric motor. Total system output is 360 horsepower. In a now-familiar arrangement, the electric motor is located between the engine and automatic transmission (in lieu of a conventional torque converter).
The M hybrid utilizes a 340-volt lithium-ion battery pack for energy storage. In a unique move, the transmission is a seven-speed automatic. While less fuel efficient than a CVT, the traditional transmission is much more engaging to drive. The 2012 Infiniti M35h is offered in only rear-wheel drive.
The M Hybrid sedan is very well equipped with an array of standard luxury equipment, including leather upholstery, active noise control — it digitally masks the ambient noise in the cabin — and a backup camera. Major option packages include navigation, lane departure control, radar-based cruise control and adaptive headlights. The Sport package is not offered on the M35h.
The 2012 Infiniti M35h earns 27 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 29 combined in EPA fuel economy ratings.
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