It may not have any aesthetic modifications for 2013, but the range of Infiniti M sedans has one important difference from 2012 to 2013: it has now achieved a five-star rating in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's New Car Assessment Program crash testing.
NHTSA upgraded the NCAP test for 2013 models, making it harder to get the five-star top rating. However, the changes to the test meant that all 2013 Infiniti M models now receive a five-star overall crash test rating. Thanks to a combination of a raft of available crash avoidance technology, a five-star side crash rating, and four-star ratings in frontal crash and rollover testing, the new test added up to the five-star achievement for Infiniti's largest sedans. Previously the Infiniti M had a four-star overall rating.
To help the M sedans get a better scoring, NHTSA's revised test now takes crash avoidance technology into account. Stability control and six airbags are standard on M models, while forward collision warning, lane departure warning and prevention, blind spot assist and intervention are all optional.
On sale now, the 2013 Infiniti M lineup consists of the M37, M56 and M35h hybrid. Pricing starts (including destination) at $49,095 for the M37, $61,495 for the M56, and $55,095 for the M35h, respectively.