Infiniti M35h is a modern major hybrid

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2012 Infiniti M35h hybrid.

2012 Infiniti M35h
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Last year, Infiniti released the M56x , its top sedan loaded with a big displacement V-8. That car offered the power one would expect from a luxury sedan, but the engine was caveman technology. This year, Infiniti shows it can do high-tech motive power equal to the level of tech in its cabins. The M35h hybrid couples Infiniti's tried and true V-6 with a next-generation hybrid power system using lithium ion batteries.

The M35h drives exceptionally well, running in EV mode over a wide range of speeds. The hybrid system boosts power substantially over that of the gas engine alone. Although fuel economy doesn't reach the highs of a Toyota Prius, it is exceptional for a luxury sedan. Add to that Infiniti's innovative driver assistance features, and the car is one high-tech roller.

Read our review of the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid .

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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