2007 Infiniti M35x - Base
Pros: Navigation, rear view camera, acceleration
Cons: Voice control is not accurate
Advice: Don't get lured into buying brand names like Lexus and BMW.My wife wanted a luxury car but I wanted a sportier drive, when we test drove the M35, we both agreed that this was the ONE. BMW 5s has such a stiff old fashion interior with anemic power when compared this M and cost more! We ended up with a M35x with a premium package (still cheaper than the 5s), all my passengers were impressed with the roomy interior and I was just thrilled when I reached 120km/h before I reached the end of entry ramps.
2005 Infiniti Q45 - Base
Cons: 5-speed transmission vs. 6 or 7 speed in others
Advice: Try it - you'll love it.Extremely quiet and responsive. Premium Package adds some great features like laser guided cruise control, reclining rear seats & rear seat climate and sound system control. Best car in its class for quality, value and performance.
2002 Infiniti Q45 - Base
Pros: Motor performance
Cons: Electical system
Advice: Don't buytFor a luxury auto , this car is a disappontment . The sensor light on the wheel for showing 'flat ' comes on and the dealer has never been able to fix it. In addtion shortly after the 60,000 mile guarantee was up , the sturts on the trunk wore out, the ignition switch was faulty and now it needs a new starter . Further the motor for the window on the drivers side is faulty and needs repalcement . Worse , when you take the car in for repairs many of the parts are on 'back order.' After this expierience , I question the quality of any Infiniti product.
2006 Infiniti QX56 - 4x4
Pros: Performance, room, price, a lot of standard goodies, great third row seating
Cons: No auto lock, more wood , locking fuel cap
Advice: Great SUV for the money if you are looking for a lot of room and the best tow this is itThe Best SUV for the price. Before I decided I test drove the 07 Escalade , GL450, 06 Navigator, and Lexus LX470. Escalade -- GM did a good job on the new model, but the third seat was horrible also no real wood and no auto windows, cheap plastics and carpet for the price --not worth the almost 20k over the QX GL450- great engineering, not enough room, everything extra, NO leather- you have to pay $1,600 extra. To get the same options as the QX it will cost around 72k. Too much for a first year car.. Navigator--nice but after driving it for a day the QX felt better with more low end power and better handling, also the navigation was a pain( the screen was smaller as well) and finally- what's with the fake aluminum look on the dash for 67k they can’t afford the real thing? LX470--was my last test, after driving all the others I can honestly say that I would never buy the LX-- No power - compare with the others, unusable third seat ( even my kids didn’t' like sitting back there) they also do not fold flat, the ride felt like i was driving an electric car.. As far as looks--it seems that it came back from the 60's. I did like the interior but for the price it did not even make the list. I really do not understand all the good reviews that this SUV gets from all the 'experts'.
2005 Infiniti FX45 - Base
Pros: love 'em all
Cons: bumpy ride
Advice: drive it like you stole it!I love the way the FX45 looks coming down the road, super sexy. The performance is impeccable. My FX45 has all the bells and whistles, and they are great, somewhat intuitive though I've had to pull out the manual a few times (there are 4 -5 of them!) The ride is a bit jarring, you definitely feel every bump in the road. I'll sacrifice comfort for the safety, speed, and cool points!
2006 Infiniti M35 - Sport
Cons: Gas mileage.
Advice: Don't be too quickly seduced.Having thought about moving up to a 'luxury performance sedan' (LPS) for a couple of years, I drove and walked around and read about Audi, Lexus, Mercedes, BMW. It was confusing. Into this confusion, the M35 burst upon me like an automotive epiphany: 'Wow! No need to even choose or think about it. There is only one LPS.' Reality: glamorous and comfortable interior with loads of 'cool' Japanese technology. Worst gas mileage of any car in this category. The 'wow' acceleration comes from reaching into the high rpm range to get torque, thus using a lot of fuel. There is not even a sixth (overdrive) gear, so that, during test drives, you can accelerate all the time easily, but the car is straining to do what it does and breaking through to 19 mpg even on long straight 65 mph drives is unlikely. Also, very bumpy, even in 'luxury' (non-sport) model. Does not corner 'on rails' like Audi or BMW. Loud because exhaust system is tuned to provide 'boy racer' sounds, the joy of which wear off quickly.
2006 Infiniti QX56 - 4x2
Pros: Theater system
Cons: nissan's navigation system - horrible - Lexus seems to have all others beat.
Advice: Great vehicle - also look at Lexus LX470 though this one is larger - handles snow great but I haven't had it back to west virginiaThis is a large, comfortable people mover. The vehicle is finished nicely, great paint, great comfort inside. This vehicle handles like a truck - remember this is a very large SUV it's not going to handle like a MB S Class. This is the worst navigation system that I have ever had. It's slow, no touch screen and data input is a task. The theater system is great, but to be honest never use it - I have no children. If I did - they better love it for the price Infiniti charges. All in all - nice vehicle, great for long trips.