Luxury and performance coexist delightfully in the 2012 Infiniti M37 sedan.
This car’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine makes 330 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque and provides more than enough power to accelerate smoothly and with good pace. The rear-wheel drive and seven-speed automatic transmission ensure a steady yet assertive ride quality. If you want all-wheel-drive, check out the M37x.
The M37 offers settings to customize your driving experience, including Standard, Eco, Sport, and Snow. Eco allows you to keep a close eye on fuel economy by presenting a gauge that indicates efficiency, and it can dial down the accelerator a bit if you are getting a little lead footed.
Sport mode takes advantage of the performance tuning in the suspension, to let you really have fun with the M37, while Snow mode increases traction for challenging road conditions.
Fuel economy numbers are adequate, at 18 mpg city and 26 highway.
Appearance-wise, the M37 offers attractive, if not dramatic, styling. In the prior model year, it got an updated look which carries over to the 2012 year and includes a bigger grille, standard dual-exhaust pipes, 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and power-folding mirrors.
As options, you can select an alternately styled bumper, a darker front grille and 20-inch wheels.
You’ll find the interior to be quite comfortable and full of convenience features.
Leather seating, power front seats, backup camera, USB/iPod connectivity, moonroof and push-button start are all standard features.
As options, you can select heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, 16-speaker Bose Studio Surround system and a hard-drive installed navigation system.
One of the best safety features, and one that we hope will become standard on all vehicles, is the blind spot detection system, which lights up on the side view mirrors when there is another vehicle in the adjacent lane.
There is also a lane departure system, which beeps if you inadvertently drift into another lane (you can turn it off if it gets to be too much for you).
Other safety features include six airbags, traction control, electronic stability system and antilock brakes.
The M37 starts at just under $50,000 and ranges to around $60,000.
If you like a smooth but performance-oriented ride, comfortable interior and a plenty of convenience features, the Infiniti M37 is a fine choice.