Today’s midsize luxury sedan market is filled with stiff competition that funnels down into two categories. One in which a more composed and comfortable ride is emphasized while the other is a more aggressive and engaging driving experience. The M37x falls much more heavily in the latter pool.
From ground up, the M37x was built to bring jaw dropping smiles thanks to its powerful V6 engine and sharp handling. Complement to its aggressive performance and handling, the M37x is still complemented well with a soft and luxurious cabin space embodied with high tech features. Its caliber of comfort still falls short of comparable midsize luxury sedans such as the Lexus GS series, but for the price point and performance features, the M37x is difficult to beat, even in its competitive market it resides in.
For 2012, the Infiniti M37 is propelled by a 330-horsepower 3.7 liter VQ37VHR engine mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. Both the standard M37, and M37 sport come standard with rear-wheel drive, while the M37x model had all-wheel drive.
The features in our tested Infiniti M37x defaulted with a plethora of goodies such as 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, fog lights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery and a BOSE six-speaker sound system.
Other upgrade options and safety features include 20-inch alloy wheels, upscaled leather upholstery and interior trim, heated and ventilated front seats, a premium surround-sound audio system and a navigation system. Also on offer were a whole host of electronic gadgets such as auto leveling headlights, adaptive cruise control, blind spot and forward collision detection system, and a lane-departure warning and prevention system.
We conclude the Infiniti M37x to be an awesome midsize luxury sedan that offers state of the art high-tech safety, a classy cabin space, and aggressive power and handling. However, due to its stiff sport tuned suspension and large 18″ wheels, the ride quality can be somewhat stiff. The steering is also quite heavy and requires extra effort to keep the car strait. There is also a fair amount of tire rolling and wind noise leaked into the cabin space. The vehicle acceleration in response to the gas pedal is also very sudden and abrupt, even on standard drive mode. As much as we appreciate the shear level of joy and excitement the M37 brings, the comfort level and ride quality falls short for its class.