2012 Infiniti M35h

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

Base RWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Front Left View
Infiniti's M sedan has finally come into its own with the current generation. Previous versions drove pretty well and had decent interiors, but were invisible on the street and in the marketplace. The current, curvaceous design is a head-turning standout. And Infiniti's interior designers have upped their game, creating a sumptuous new cabin. The car's chassis -- provided one sidesteps a few overly intrusive electronic aids -- has all the smoothness and poise a premium car should.
2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Rear Left View
Beyond all that, the other big change with the new M is the addition of a hybrid model. Situated in between the expected six-cylinder (M37) and V-8 (M56) versions, the hybrid claims to marry the power of an eight-cylinder with the fuel economy of a four-banger. That's a pretty big boast, but it's not necessarily trash talk.
Mechanically, Infiniti's hybrid system is a little different than most. The electric motor is sandwiched between the 3.7-liter V-6 engine and the transmission. Infiniti uses a conventional seven-speed automatic rather than a CVT -- less efficient maybe, but vastly more enjoyable to drive. The location of the motor allows the engine to shut down when you lift off the gas, even at highway speeds. A lithium-ion battery pack is recharged via brake energy regeneration.
The V-6 and the electric motor combine to produce 360 hp, which outmuscles the M37's V-6 (333 hp) but doesn't equal the M56's V-8 (420 hp). However, the hybrid has the advantage of the electric motor's 199 pound-feet of torque, which is available at a low 1770 rpm. Thus, the M hybrid lunges off the line, chirping its tires as the traction control system struggles to keep pace. It also rockets ahead during passing maneuvers. The car feels almost as frantic as the V-8, and definitely quicker than the V-6.
Even so, it's EPA rated at 27 mpg city, 32 on the highway. Its most direct competitor, the Lexus GS450h, is about to be replaced and maybe doesn't make for a very fair comparison, but that fact that the Lexus hybrid gets a comparably pathetic 22/25 mpg just shows how quickly hybrid technology is advancing. Unfortunately, I was only able to achieve an indicated 25 mpg in my week with the car, but that was almost all in-town driving, and with our steep hills here, it's not uncommon for cars to do worse than their EPA city estimates in my hands.
I might have done better had I engaged the Infiniti's "eco pedal," which is available in all versions of the M sedan, and is accessed via a drive mode selector dial. But this technology, wherein the gas pedal pushes back at you if the car decides you're driving too aggressively, is almost as annoying as having a hyperventilating mother-in-law smacking you with her purse whenever she thinks you're driving too fast. Better to leave the dial in normal mode, even at the loss of a few MPGs.
Even without a mother-in-law riding shotgun, the M hybrid does pack on an additional 276 pounds compared to the M37. But, at 4129 pounds, the total is still about the same as a non-hybrid BMW 535i. And the other good news is that much of the additional weight is due to the battery pack, whose location behind the rear seat at least puts the additional burden on the rear wheels, rather than the front. The hybrid version of the M sedan remains a very sweet-handling luxury car. In fact, I preferred it to the M56 that I drove, which was equipped with the sport package. That option (not offered here) includes rear-wheel steering, which makes for less predictable cornering response, as it gives you what feels like a second yaw moment after you turn the wheel. And speaking of steering, even though the M hybrid uses electric power steering instead of the hydraulic set-up in its siblings, the steering feel and linearity is undiminished, as this electric system is incredibly natural feeling.
So, what are the downsides? There are a few. Like most hybrids, the Infiniti suffers some non-linearity in its brake pedal modulation and in its throttle tip-in. Additionally, once or twice the system got momentarily tripped up, with delayed action and then an abrupt downshift. Overall, though, the issues aren't severe enough to spoil the driving experience.
Other negatives include a sacrifice of 4 cubic feet of trunk space to the battery pack, and the rear seatbacks no longer fold down. Also, there's no all-wheel-drive option, as there is with the V-6 and the V-8 cars.
Assuming you can live with rear-wheel drive, the M hybrid makes an awfully strong case. Compared to the M37, the hybrid costs $5000 more, but it trounces the M37 in fuel economy, besting it by 9 mpg in the city and 6 mpg on the highway. Driving an average of 15,000 miles annually, you save nearly $800 per year (with gas at $3.95/gallon) with the hybrid. So the payoff time is just over six years -- less if you factor in the hybrid's expected higher resale value. Oh, and the hybrid is way faster.
It's against the M56, however, that the hybrid looks even better. It drives with very near the alacrity of its V-8 sibling, but it's $5400 cheaper (although the M56 has more standard equipment). Additionally, the hybrid saves more than $1000 per year in fuel costs.
I'd love to see Infiniti engineers perfect the hybrid driving experience because, even as it is, the M hybrid seems very much like the high-performance sedan of the future.
2012 Infiniti M Hybrid
2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Interior Dash
Base price (with destination): $54,595
Price as tested: $65,395
Standard Equipment:
3.5-liter V-6 engine, electric motor, lithium-ion battery
7-speed automatic transmission
Infiniti drive mode selector
18-inch wheels
Leather-appointed seats
10-way power front seats
Heated front seats
Japanese ash wood trim
Entry & exit assist system for driver
Power sunroof
Power tilt & telescoping steering wheel
Memory system for driver's seat, steering wheel, mirrors, climate control, and audio system
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Intelligent key with push-button ignition
7-inch color display with multi-function controller
Rear-view monitor
Active noise control
6-speaker AM/FM/CD/XM audio system
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
HID headlights
Power adjustable/folding outside mirrors
ABS with brake assist
Vehicle dynamics control and traction control
Options on this vehicle:
Technology Package - $3000
- Blind spot warning system and blind spot intervention
- Lane departure warning and lane departure prevention
- Intelligent cruise control
- Distance control assist
- Intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning
- Front pre-crash seatbelts
- Active trace control
- Eco pedal
- Adaptive front lighting system
Deluxe Touring Package - $3800
- Japanese white ash wood trim with silver powder accents
- Semi-aniline leather-appointed seating
- Bose digital 5.1-channel 16-speaker premium audio system
- Forest-Air system
- Suede-like headliner
- Soft double-stitched meter hood
- Power rear sunshade
Premium Package - $3350
- Infiniti hard drive navigation system
- 8-inch touch-screen display
- Voice recognition
- XM traffic and weather
- Zagat Survey restaurant reviews
- Bose 2-channel 10-speaker premium audio system
- 9.3GB Music Box hard drive
- Heated and cooled front seats
- Heated steering wheel
18-inch wheels - $650
Key options not on vehicle:
Fuel economy:
27 / 32 / 29 mpg
3.5L V-6 hybrid
Horsepower: 360 hp @ 6800 rpm (engine + motor)
Torque: 258 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm (engine)
Torque: 199 lb-ft @ 1770 rpm (motor)
Rear -wheel
7-speed automatic
Curb weight: 4129 lb
Wheels/tires: 18-inch wheels, 245/50 R18 tires
Competitors: Lexus GS540h, Mercedes-Benz E350 Bluetec
2012 Infiniti M35h Review
2012 Infiniti M35h Review

There is no doubt hybrid models have come a long way since their first introduction to the automotive. They have become faster, more fuel efficient, and given powertrains that make them almost inseparable from their conventional cousins. This is especially true of the 2012 Infiniti M35h. So much like the M series models, the M35h features a well made and attractive body style with plenty of character. This car is sure to make an impression anywhere it goes. The high quality materials and design used in the cabin is worth taking a look at as well.

In test drives, the hybrid version of the M keeps up just fine with the rest of the crowd with its 3.5-liter V-6 engine, electric motor, and seven-speed transmission. This is a good option for anyone looking for a luxury hybrid sedan with plenty of standard and available features.

New For 2012

For the 2012 model year the only important change to the Infiniti M series is the addition of the hybrid model.


The 2012 Infiniti M35h is the company’s addition to the hybrid world. This car is considered to be a combination of sport sedan and luxury car. The M35h version rides around on 18 inch alloy wheels and has the same characteristics of the traditional versions of the M Series. The front end and grille are wide and imposing looking with a rectangular grille and the Infiniti emblem placed in the center of the grille. The headlights are uniquely designed and flank the grille high on the hood. The overall body design of this car features a balance of curves, rounded edges, and modern lines. The front fenders are stylish with well defined wheel wells. The doors and sides of the M35h feature a curved top near the windows that taper down to the distinctive lines along the bottom. The hood itself is unforgettable with details in the metal work. The roof sits high but slopes downward above the rear of the cabin for a decidedly sporty look.

Interior & Cargo

Even with the 2012 Infiniti M35h exterior design, the cabin for this hybrid is quite roomy and is loaded with a variety of high quality materials. Passengers in the front and back seat are sure to appreciate the generous amount of head and leg room. Additionally, the seats are very comfortable and supportive. With the Deluxe Touring package the M35h amps up the luxury with quilted leather seating complete with contrasting piping and wood trim. These extra touches easily take the M35h to the level of many of the European luxury sedans.

Passenger space certainly isn’t a problem in the cabin. Cargo space isn’t as spacious as most other cars of this class, but it is essential to take into account the space needed for the model’s electric engine. Still, the 2012 M35h manages to squeak out 11.3 cubic feet of space when the rear seats are in an upright position.

The new hybrid from Infiniti isn’t without its technology either. This car is equipped with navigation and audio systems with easy to use interfaces. Additionally, the M35h is also available with iPod input, satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity to complete the entertainment and information options.


In addition to good looks inside and out, as well as that very nice improved fuel economy, the 2012 Infiniti M35h has plenty going for it in the way of standard safety features as well. This model is equipped active front head restraints, stability and traction control, and a full assortment of airbags. Interested consumers will find airbags in the front side and side curtain positions. Anti-lock brakes are also standard safety equipment on this hybrid. Those who chose to add the Technology package have a lot to look forward to. This package includes intelligent brake assist with a collision warning system and a blind spot warning system as well.

Everyone wonders if a hybrid sedan can keep up with the big boys. In the case of the M35h the answer is yes. This model offers an amazing capacity for taking turns and curves in the road like a much smaller car. The ride is also undeniably comfortable. While the available Sport package has some benefits, the tighter suspension and larger wheels are likely to give passengers a ride that is too firm for most people’s liking.

Driving Experience

The 2012 Infiniti M35h is equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with the necessary electric motor. The engines make good use of the standard seven-speed automatic transmission. The two engines together work to give the M35h an impressive 360 hp. This model is standard with rear-wheel drive. Of course, the estimated fuel economy for this vehicle is outstanding, even with the large V-6 engine. Consumers can expect this model to get about 27/32 mpg city/highway.

Everyone wonders if a hybrid sedan can keep up with the big boys. In the case of the M35h the answer is yes. This model offers an amazing capacity for taking turns and curves in the road like a much smaller car. The ride is also undeniably comfortable. While the available Sport package has some benefits, the tighter suspension and larger wheels are likely to give passengers a ride that is too firm for most people’s liking.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Infiniti M35h

  • BMW 5-Series
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class


2012 Infiniti M35h Hybrid Front Three Quarters Static Driver
If there was ever a time to truly test the M35h's ability to sip fuel and run on electricity alone, this night certainly wasn't it. Temperatures plummeted, gale-force winds (30-40 mph) rocked southern Michigan, and for reasons completely unrelated to weather, my wife and I were running late for a hockey game located 53 miles away by freeway. Instead, this scenario allowed me to experience the other facet of the M35h's personality: power. This car moves at a fairly good clip when the drive selector is placed on "normal," but it's surprisingly potent once moved to "sport." That may not be too surprising when you view the net horsepower figure (360 hp), but you can't help be a bit startled when the car quickly jumps off the line. In this mode, the M35h feels more like the muscular M56 than a fuel-stingy, tree-hugging hybrid. Trying to keep the car in EV mode, even in "Eco" mode, can grow a bit tiring - no matter how finessed your right foot may be, any attempt to slowly increase your speed usually results in the reawakening of the V-6. I love this latest iteration of M; the curvaceous exterior, incredibly posh interior, and refined road manners are addicting, regardless of the powertrain selected. The hybrid certainly is an interesting choice: while more expensive than a six-cylinder M37 ($53,700 vs $47,700), it is considerably more powerful, and both less expensive and more fuel-efficient than the eight-cylinder M56. Apart from 60 horsepower and the availability of all-wheel-drive, you don't lose much by choosing the M35h over the M56.

2012 Infiniti M35h

Infiniti M35hL Front Three Quarter
Infiniti has been selling cars in China for five years, and now the Asian country is the second-biggest sales region for Infiniti cars. To appeal to the Chinese market even more, Infiniti is launching two long wheelbase versions of the M sedan: the M25L and the M35hL hybrid. In China, many drivers seem to want long-wheelbase versions of cars. Such models offer more rear legroom and prove incredibly popular on the streets of Beijing. Nearly every non-Chinese car around can be ordered in a longer form, from the Volkswagen Passat to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class -- and literally everything in between. In the case of the Infiniti M, choosing the "L" treatment lengthens the car's wheelbase grows by 5.9 inches to provide more rear legroom. In the process, the shape of the C-pillar changes and becomes a bit more curved. We think the M35hL's haunches and silhouette now almost resemble those of the Porsche Panamera sedan. That might not be a good thing, as the Panamera's styling remains fairly polarizing. The Infiniti M35hL and M25L will be built in Japan and are only slated for sale in China. They go on sale in June.
2012 Infiniti M35h Vs 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
Infiniti’s M hybrid earned a page in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s fastest full hybrid last year, and now the Japanese automaker is intent on letting everyone know about it – especially Porsche. In Infiniti’s latest commercial, the M35h takes on the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid in a Hollywood-style drag race. Any guesses as to which car wins?
2012 Infiniti M37 Front Three Quarter
Infiniti is looking to downsize its engines, and it looks like the first step the automaker will take is to slot a set of four-cylinders under the hood of its M sedan in Europe. But the new four-bangers won’t come from parent-company Nissan’s corporate catalogue, but from German rival Mercedes-Benz.
2012 Infiniti M35h At Santa Pod Front
Think all hybrid cars are slow and boring? Think again. Guinness World Records has certified the 2012 Infiniti M35h as the world’s fastest full-hybrid car. The car rocketed through a quarter-mile run in an average of 13.9 seconds over multiple runs. The M35h uses a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 302 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, as well as an electric motor rated for 67 hp and 199 lb-ft. Together, the motor and engine combine for a peak 360 hp. Yet even with all that performance on tap, the EPA rates the Infiniti hybrid at 27/32 mpg (city/highway). The record-setting run was driven by CAR Magazine associate editor Tim Pollard at Santa Pod Raceway in the U.K. Out of several runs, the quickest took just 13.896 seconds. Adjudicators from Guinness World Records were on hand to help verify the world record, which will be listed in the 2013 Guinness Book of Records. According to Infiniti, the quarter-mile time puts the M35h on par with the performance of a 1982 Lamborghini Countach S and 1998 BMW M3. Infiniti also says the M35h will hit 62 mph in just 5.5 seconds -- about as quick as a 2011 BMW 335i sedan. Source: Infiniti

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2012 Infiniti M35h Specifications

Quick Glance:
3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
27 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
32 MPG
360 hp
258 ft lb of torque
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
60,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 84 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
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