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2011 Infiniti M56S – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Infiniti M lineup was thoroughly made over for 2011, with new technology and new engines packing more power and resulting in better fuel economy. As you could surely assume, all those improvements came at a cost, and Infiniti passed along some of the pain to customers. For example, the starting price of M56 variants were edged higher by $5,750 compared to the outgoing M45 and M45x. The price spike apparently wasn't enough money, though, as Infiniti has again upped the MSRP of all 2011 M models.

Effective immediately, the M56 and M56x are up by another $350, with a sticker price of $58,775 and $61,275, respectively. The M37 and M37x received a $250 bump, with a new starting price of $46,500 and $48,650, respectively. We're not exactly sure why the price of the M jumped, but it could have something to do with the fact that sales of the flagship Infiniti are up 45 percent on the year, with August 2010 sales more than doubling compared to the same month in 2009. Not a bad problem to have.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Has significantly more to do with the USD:JPY exchange than anything.
      Why take the FX haircut if you sales are good?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's way too close to the 550i for comfort. I'd just go with the BMW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, if it costs the same, BMW is the better choice. Of course, get rid of the BMW once your free maintenance is up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why? Its inferior in well...everyway.

        The new Infiniti M series has finally passed up the 5 series in performance/luxury/quality and for a lower price to boot.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Some people just like paying more for maintenance. See, that's the trickle down effect ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Middle way im sorry but that was hilarious, made me lol irl. And the thing I love about Jap luxobarges is their japanese reliability. You can get a 97 ls400 and spend much less on maintenance than on a 2006 745
        • 4 Years Ago
        For many, the German marque is enough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just don't raise the prices on the G. I plan on trading my G37S for the convertible variant next year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I want a $ 60,000.00 Eqqus compared with this car. Hyundai is never compared with
      car at their same price level.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i'd take teh M56 over the equis anyday

        the eqqus is not a car you'd like to drive, it's one you should be driven in

        so comparing the two would not make much sense since the M will be the sport's car of the two and the eqqus will be the Cadillac of the late 90's

        the M would walk all over that thing in every category besides space, more specifically rear seat space
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everything keeps going up, up up.. I can't think of a car that has dropped in price recently. Other than the Jetta with that terrible 8 valve 2.0L motor option.

      We looked at a Ford Fiesta Sedan with a sport package yesterday. Friggin' thing was $17.5k. Then add $1000 worth of fees, one of them being a $299 VIN etching fee.

      And the recession isn't helping either. I wonder why more automakers haven't offered decontented cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see what you are saying, but the Fiesta isn't the greatest example. Ford didn't want the Fiesta to be a cheap econobox, so they spent quite a bit of money on it. I believe they said something about having the quality of a Golf in the size of a Polo. And that's really what it is. A very well-built and more expensive vehicle than competitors, but so much higher quality in terms of at least feel. But like I said, there is no reason you should pay the $1k of dealer crap that comes with a car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Recession is still on, but that recession is only seriously hurting 20% of the country. The other 80% are still buying their iPhones, iPods, Xbox's, PS3's and everything else they should (could?) be saving money on.

        I tested the M37. Nothing in here I feel is worth $60,000 unless you are buying the V8. The V6 is more than adequate with the most powerful naturally aspirated engine I've seen yet. http://www.epinions.com/content_510359473796
        • 4 Years Ago
        You don't have to pay that $299 fee.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sport package? You mean the SES upgrade package? You shouldn't knock a car's price for dealer add-ons. Those aren't part of the MSRP and you can easily argue with the dealer about getting it taken off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, i think that's what was on it.

        I guess it's the ~$1k of extra fees that sucks the most. And the fact that everything has gone up by a few thousand dollars in the past 5 years. Seems like a nasty trend that affects all cars, from bottom feeder all the way up to supercars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      For 60 grand i'd be getting myself the base model cadillac cts V.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The price bump may be due to the yen-dollar exchange rate, the yen being in unfavorable position.

      1 USD = 85.42 JPY as of Sept 16, 2010
      I have not seen this kind of exchange rate since 1995.

      Normal levels used to 1 USD = -/+120 JPY a few years ago.

      As you see, the Japanese is (above) is stronger than the dollar, and is bound to get stronger now that the Chinese gov are now buying/stockpiling Japanese yen which will only drive yen higher, making Japanese goods less competitive with China.


      • 4 Years Ago
      Ever consider the price hike might have something to do with the historically high value of the Yen vs. the Dollar?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This may very well be a great car but the initial impression of style isn`t too intriguing. Looks like a late 90`s bloated Buick Park Avenue mixed with a little Taurus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems to be a trend that Nissan is raising all its prices.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Germans definitely have something to learn from their Japanese counterparts. This interior completely blows away most interiors offered from BMW, MB, and Audi.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wouldn't say blows away. But it does look sexy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The interior is nice, but not better than most germans, that's laughable to suggest Japanese interiors are better. Look at the Audi A7, kills the M. And the exterior is a fail. I saw one in person and I like it even less. It doesn't look like a car, it looks too big, too camel-like with the twin humps and Infiniti fails on front ends that don't look like cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Amark

        I've been saying that for years. The Japanese Lux offerings have much nicer interiors than those Grandpa Inspired German Cabins. Sitting inside the Infiniti M, you feel like you're actually in a Luxury Sedan. Mercedes, Audi, and BMW have yet to create an interior that I find visually pleasing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have to say that the M-series redux has to be one of the all time great jumps in style.

        The last version reminded me of a Crown Vic, design wise. This one, I'm in love with, cant get enough of.
        betweeen this and the G-class, Infiniti has it going on
        • 4 Years Ago
        The interiors are great but the four M class cars that I looked at while the dealer was servicing my 07 Altima 3.5SE had terrible paint jobs. There was orange peel all over the car especially the black ones. It completely turned me off possibly buying one. Nissan is going to have to do some quality control on the paint, and fast.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was at the dealer checking the new M out and the interior is definitely light years above that of the new E-class, and the A6. the new 5-series is very good and I can't pick one over the other

        the A7 like someone said is not yet here and I have not seen in or sat in it so I can't say anything about it just yet

        the exterior of the M is awesome with the taillights being the only thing I like to see updated
      • 4 Years Ago
      For people that can afford a car in this price range the bump is no big deal.

      That being said in my opinion Infiniti makes more compelling cars than BMW and Mercedes-Benz at a better price. Would I take a BMW for free? Sure, but I find those brands to be asscociated with "old money" or people that need to show they 'made it'. Infiniti's have a younger customer base that look beyond the badge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except almost all of my friends, young professionals with degrees and good jobs, would be able to afford to pay for a beemer, in cash, after two-three years of work and saving a little. Not that it would be a sensible thing to do, of course...

        What I'm saying is that driving a BMW or a Mercedes, unless you get the M/AMG package or one of the 70K models, is not as much of a status thing. For all I know, you're leasing the damn thing.
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