2012 Infiniti M35h

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2012 Infiniti M35h

For many people, the word “hybrid” is often associated with boring, slow, uninspired and (let’s face it) less-than-cool cars. Even the newer hybrids have been exercises in compromise – lacking horsepower or fuel economy or, in some cases, both. In the M35h, Infiniti set out to change this equation and has succeeded in building the first hybrid with almost no compromises: a luxury vehicle with the performance of a V8, but the fuel economy of four-cylinder engine.

Infiniti’s M-series sedans are on a winning streak, with sales more than doubling and best-in-class residual values. The marque is now a serious contender in the premium segment. And the M35h brings a brand new sense of dominance to the Infiniti range.

The special nature of the M35h lies in its schizophrenia. With a combined output of 360 horsepower from a 3.5-liter V6 mated to a 50-kilowatt electric motor, there is no other car currently on the road that can get from standstill to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, but can also return 32 mpg (highway). The M35h delivers the serious poise and restraint luxury customers demand in daily use, but, when needed, is able to outperform the V6-powered M37. [read the entire review @ AutoTrader.com]