2012 INFINITI M35h

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Key Specs

of the 2012 INFINITI M35h. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    29 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Combination of power and mpg
  • Cabin dimensions unchanged vs. gas models
  • Minimal trunk shrinkage vs. gas models

The Bad

  • All-wheel drive not offered

Notable Features of the 2012 INFINITI M35h

  • Infiniti's first hybrid
  • 360 horsepower
  • Estimated 25/30 mpg
  • Seven-speed automatic
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Gas-only M56 and M37 also available

2012 INFINITI M35h Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Due at dealerships in spring 2011, the 2012 M35h is Infiniti's first hybrid, and parent company Nissan's first homegrown hybrid technology after many years of selling a Toyota-derived system in Nissan Altima Hybrids in limited markets. According to Infiniti, the sedan will achieve 25/30 mpg city/highway, though official EPA ratings aren't available as of this writing. The midsize luxury hybrid's main competitors are the Lexus GS 450h and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

Exterior
Apart from badges, the M35h has no features to distinguish it from the gas-only M37. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust pipes, xenon headlights and power-folding heated side mirrors are standard.

Interior
When compared with the gas-powered M37 and M56 sedans, the M35h's cabin dimensions are unchanged. Through the use of a compact lithium-ion battery pack, a type that remains rare in hybrids, the M35h sacrifices minimal cargo room: 11.3 cubic feet of trunk volume versus the gas-only M's 14.9 cubic feet — though the trunk isn't exceptionally large in this vehicle class to begin with.

Standard interior features include leather upholstery, ash wood trim, keyless access and start, Bluetooth connectivity and moonroof. XM Satellite Radio is standard but requires a subscription. A navigation system is among the available options.

Along with the usual power-flow display and charge-assist gauge, the M35h debuts a unique feature, the first audible pedestrian-war...

Vehicle Overview

Due at dealerships in spring 2011, the 2012 M35h is Infiniti's first hybrid, and parent company Nissan's first homegrown hybrid technology after many years of selling a Toyota-derived system in Nissan Altima Hybrids in limited markets. According to Infiniti, the sedan will achieve 25/30 mpg city/highway, though official EPA ratings aren't available as of this writing. The midsize luxury hybrid's main competitors are the Lexus GS 450h and the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

Exterior
Apart from badges, the M35h has no features to distinguish it from the gas-only M37. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust pipes, xenon headlights and power-folding heated side mirrors are standard.

Interior
When compared with the gas-powered M37 and M56 sedans, the M35h's cabin dimensions are unchanged. Through the use of a compact lithium-ion battery pack, a type that remains rare in hybrids, the M35h sacrifices minimal cargo room: 11.3 cubic feet of trunk volume versus the gas-only M's 14.9 cubic feet — though the trunk isn't exceptionally large in this vehicle class to begin with.

Standard interior features include leather upholstery, ash wood trim, keyless access and start, Bluetooth connectivity and moonroof. XM Satellite Radio is standard but requires a subscription. A navigation system is among the available options.

Along with the usual power-flow display and charge-assist gauge, the M35h debuts a unique feature, the first audible pedestrian-warning system on a hybrid. Inspired by a similar feature on the Nissan Leaf all-electric car, the M hybrid emits "distinctive synthesized sounds" once the car takes off, up to 20 mph, to warn pedestrians that the otherwise quiet car is approaching.

Under the Hood
The Infiniti hybrid system combines a 302-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with a 50-kilowatt electric motor and 376-volt lithium-ion battery pack for 360 net horsepower, and it drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Using a single electric motor and two clutches, the Direct Response Hybrid system's mileage characteristics are closer to those of Honda and Hyundai, whose higher mileage comes in highway driving. Competitor Lexus' hybrids get better city mileage.

Infiniti says the car can drive on electric power alone up to 62 mph and as far as 1.2 miles. In mixed driving, the car runs in electric mode as much as 50 percent of the time.

Safety
Like the gas-only M sedans, the M35h comes with six airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system. Blind spot and lane departure warning systems are optional. So is Infiniti's Lane Departure Prevention system, which employs light braking to keep the M37 from drifting into an unintended lane. New this year is an optional Blind Spot Intervention system, which attempts to keep the M in its own lane — using similar braking techniques as Lane Departure Prevention — should it detect the car moving toward traffic in the driver's blind spot. Optional adaptive headlights can swivel a few degrees in the direction of a turn. The adaptive cruise control system can warn the driver and pre-load the brakes for faster response, should it detect rapidly slowing traffic ahead.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Amazing combo of performance, luxury, and value

by Deepie Wahoo on May 17, 2018

I've owned the M35h for just over four years now and it has not disappointed. I originally was a little skeptical about the exterior styling. It's a bit bubbly and rounded in strange places. Still, ... Read full review

(5.0)

Fast, fun and reliable!

by Cartstein from EL CAJON on March 8, 2018

One of the best cars I've ever owned. Fast and luxurious with lots of space in the front and rear seating areas. Heated and ventilated seats a must. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 INFINITI M35h currently has 1 recall

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 INFINITI M35h Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
4 Star
Overall Front
4 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
3 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
4 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
Side Pole
5 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
4 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by INFINITI

Program Benefits

Free Carfax report and 3 Year CARFAX Buyback Guarantee, first year basic maintenance, SiriusXM 3-Month trial, Infiniti Elite Extended Protection Plan available, 24-hour roadside assistance, lockout assistance, repair at authorized Infiniti dealerships or facilities and Infiniti courtesy vehicle.

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / Unlimited mileage warranty

    Vehicles < 15K miles: 6 Yr./75K mileage warranty from the vehicle's original ISD. Vehicles > 15K miles: 6 Yr./Unlimited mileage warranty from the vehicle's original ISD. Vehicles > 15K miles and outside new vehicle warranty: 2 Yr./Unlimited mileage warranty from CPO sale date.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 70,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 167 point vehicle inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M35h received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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