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The Infiniti M37, Hyundai Genesis V8 and the BMW 5 Series were tested in the latest issue of Consumer Reports, and the results were fairly predictable. All three vehicles received ratings of "Excellent," though each vehicle's road to the top came from a different direction.

The newly redesigned M37 remains CR's top-rated midsize luxury sedan for its combination of performance, luxury and comfort. CR chief David Champion credits the M for combining "agile handling, a taut yet comfortable ride, and a beautifully-finished interior." Solid praise, indeed. The BMW 535i's top rating comes on the heels of a test that revealed the new sedan as quick, luxurious and fuel efficient. Interestingly, CR believes that the new 5 Series has lost some of its trademark agility for 2011.

While the M37 is the top-rated midsize luxury sedan the V8-powered Hyundai Genesis could be the big winner of this test. South Korea's best nailed the test with the most power of the three vehicles tested and the lowest price tag of the group. We're not talking a couple thousand bucks, either. The Genesis was $10,000 cheaper than the M and $15,000 less than the BMW. The dark-horse luxury sedan was called spacious and smooth, though the 'built for comfort' chassis was called out for being "not that sporty." Both the M37 and Genesis have been granted the coveted CR "Recommended" label, while the 5 Series doesn't have enough reliability data available to qualify just yet. Check out the official press release after the jump.

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Redesigned Infiniti M37 Gets Highest Score among Luxury Sedans

Hyundai Genesis provides similar performance for thousands less than M37; CR also tests Mustang GT coupe & convertible

CR Nov '10 Cover YONKERS, NY - The redesigned Infiniti M37 posted an "Excellent" score in Consumer Reports' ratings, as part of a test in the November issue that featured three luxury cars. The M37 remains Consumer Reports' top-rated midsized luxury sedan.

Much like the previous Infiniti M, the new car delivers a great combination of performance, comfort, and luxury. The test group also includes the redesigned BMW 5 Series which also posted an "Excellent" score and was luxurious and quick, as well as surprisingly fuel efficient, but has lost some of its agility. The Hyundai Genesis V8 which also had an "Excellent" road test score and is the bargain of the group, costing thousands less than any of its 6-Cylinder powered competitors.

"The Infiniti M37 combines agile handling, a taut yet comfortable ride, and a beautifully-finished interior," said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports' Auto Test Center in East Haddam, Connecticut.

While both the Infiniti M37 and Hyundai Genesis are Recommended, the BMW 5 Series is too new for Consumer Reports to have reliability data. CR only Recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on CR's Annual Auto Survey of its more than seven million print and Web subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

The Infiniti M37 and BMW 535i were both redesigned for 2011. CR previously tested a Genesis with a V6 engine which scored very well. Since the V8-powered version is even more aggressively priced compared to luxury sedan competition, CR wanted to see how it would stack up.

The issue also includes reviews of the new Mustang GT, in both coupe and convertible models which received "Excellent" and "Very Good" scores respectively. In addition, the November issue rates the Honda SH150i and Aprilia Scarabeo scooters and car batteries. The Honda outscored the Aprilia scooter, and both had very high fuel economy, with 82 mpg overall and 68 mpg overall respectively. CR's tests found that inexpensive car batteries often perform as well or better than those that cost more than twice as much. EverStart Maxx batteries, which cost just $75, were particularly impressive overall; nine of them were CR Best Buys.

Full tests and ratings for all the vehicles appear in the November issue of Consumer Reports, which goes on sale October 5. The reports are also available to subscribers of www.ConsumerReports.org. Updated daily, ConsumerReports.org is the go-to site for the latest auto reviews, product news, blogs on breaking news and car buying information.

The Infiniti M37 has strong performance and a smooth and quiet highway ride. The M37 ($53,825 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 330-hp 3.7-liter V6 engine that performs adequately and gets 21 mpg overall in CR's own fuel economy tests. The seven-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. Braking is Excellent. The opulent interior features thickly-padded surfaces on the dashboard and doors, and nice detailed stitching. The trunk is large, but liftover height is a bit high.

The Hyundai Genesis has a spacious interior and a smooth powertrain, providing most of the luxury of sedans that cost thousands more. Handling is fairly responsive, but not particularly sporty, and it rides well enough, though it doesn't feel like a true luxury car. The Hyundai Genesis 4.6 ($43,800 MSRP as tested,) is powered by a 378-hp 4.6-liter V8 engine that provides smooth and strong acceleration and 20 mpg overall. The six-speed automatic transmission works well. Braking is Very Good. The well-finished interior features high-quality materials and nicely stitched leather. The trunk is large.

The total driving experience of the BMW 535i favors a refined, quiet ride over handling prowess and finesse. On the surface, the 535i seems taut and agile, but the new electric steering doesn't transmit feedback well. The BMW 535i ($58,375 MSRP as tested), is powered by a 300-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that is smooth and responsive and gets 23 mpg overall on premium fuel. The new eight-speed automatic transmission shifts imperceptibly. Braking is Very Good. The interior is luxurious, beautifully finished, and quiet with soft-touch materials and rich-looking wood. The trunk is roomy.

With more than 7 million print and online subscribers, Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services. It conducts the most comprehensive auto-test program of any U.S. publication or Web site and owns and operates a 327-acre Auto Test Center in Connecticut. The organization's auto experts have decades of experience in driving, testing, and reporting on cars. To subscribe, consumers can call 1-800-234-1645 or visit www.ConsumerReports.org.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if they will update the Genesis interior to the likes of what they are doing with the new Hyundai Azera which is a step forward given the Genesis was designed back in 2003-2004.

      They should offer a performance version of the Genesis with a tauter suspension.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually think they might have softened up the suspension on purpose...there were a lot of complaints about the ride on the 2009 model, particularly for rear seat passengers-just go to any Hyundai Genesis forum. They changed it up for the 2010 model year to try and address complaints but I'm wondering if maybe they did something further for 2011.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah the new Infiniti M blows the BMW 5 series and Lexus GS out of the water....

      The Genesis is nice, but for a little more money you can get the Infiniti M56 which is supremely better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^ I don't care for the new M either, too melty and oddly shaped.
        • 4 Years Ago
        For a lot more money; the M37 is $10,000 over the Genesis, and the M56 is another $10,000 on top of that (or $20,000 more than the Genesis).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw a New M on the road... BORING. Maybe its the pics.. but in real like the rear end of the car is boring and its huge. Ever seen one with the base wheels on ? eww

        I would take a GS ova this M anyday... The interior seems good tho... but it isn't fair to compare a brand new car to a GS that's been out for a while now.. and IMO the current GS looks more elegant and smooth compared to this new M.


        Lets see you talk this same crap when the GS-F come out ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed.All three are great cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah BMWs really been going down hill the last couple years...I wouldnt trust one of their cars on the road over a Kia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not mentioned here is that the V6 Genesis scored higher than the V8.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know why CR bothers reviewing scooters. They really aren't qualified, and they are semi-oblivious to the totality of what's available on the market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The koreans aren't playing around anymore, I was blown away by their new sonata, really considering the turbo when its out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm surprised the BMW made the list at all.. German Luxury cars are unreliable crap machines! You have to take your BMW to the dealer just to change the damn battery... UGH!

      Genesis and Infiniti F.T.W
        • 4 Years Ago
        While I disagree with giving Hyundai and Infiniti a "F.T.W." it cannot be argued that he is not right to some degree. BMW continues to make larger, more complex, less reliable machines every year. At some point it's going to reach critical mass and it will become public knowledge that they've become unreliable mobile computers. Their resale value will plummet as nobody will want them second hand, preferring not to dump huge hunks of cash into a hole. This is sadly apparent to many of us who've loved the brand for a long, long time.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        The quality of the posts on this website is rapidly approaching the levels of those on Engadget... sad times, indeed.

        All 3 of these are phenomenal vehicles.
        The 5 just oozes luxury, the M is a great combination of sportiness, luxury, and attractiveness, and the Genesis is all of these (minus the sportiness) for much less.

        I'd choose the M over any of the others, but its all a matter of personal preference. But my opinion is biased due to my great experience with my G37 over the last 3 years.. How I love my car
        • 4 Years Ago
        (but at least Engadget has commenting system that works)

      • 4 Years Ago
      wooo!!! lets go nissan! finally infiniti is getting the resoect it deserves..but sorry i hate hyundai.. they steal everything and then builds them with half ass parts..you can see nissan and benz all over their cars
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, b/c Infiniti didn't "borrow" the Hofmeister kink C-pillar from BMW, as well as the center stack "shelf."

        And let's not forget the Jaguar/Buick inspired vertically slatted grills on "classics" such as the G20 and Q45 (the last iteration of the Q45 was Buick all over).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just basing my judgement on the interiors. The Infiniti is gorgeous, it looks like you can sink right into it. You can tell where the $15k didn't go in the Hyundai's interior.

      And the BMW's interior is so...... German. I'm sure its comfortable because I'm falling asleep just looking at it (yawn~).

      • 4 Years Ago
      Id pick the Genesis or the 5 series, The infinity is Tasteless.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think that the Hyundai is a good car but the Infiniti and BMW are great cars.

      It all comes down to if you think the price difference is worth it.
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