2012 INFINITI M37

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Key Specs

of the 2012 INFINITI M37. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    330-hp, 3.7-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

  • Impressive technology
  • User-friendly navigation system
  • Performance potential
  • Reputation for reliability

The Bad

  • Smallish trunk
  • Short backseat cushions

Notable Features of the 2012 INFINITI M37

  • 330-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
  • RWD or AWD
  • Seven-speed automatic
  • Available Blind Spot Intervention system
  • 420-hp M56 also available

2012 INFINITI M37 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Infiniti redesigned its M sedan last year. Inspired by the Essence concept the automaker revealed at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show, the five-seat M is available in two iterations. The M37 uses a 3.7-liter V-6 while the M56 has a 5.6-liter V-8. Both come with rear- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The M37’s styling combines the taller presence of the previous-generation M with some of the curves seen on the current G37 sedan. A large front grille sits low on the M's face, recalling the grille on the Essence. In back, the tail rises slightly at its center. Exterior features include:

  • Eighteen-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Available 20-inch wheels
  • Available darker grille, darker headlights and unique bumpers


Interior

Like before, the M's dash falls away from the driver, resulting in a spacious, open cabin. A wide panel with controls for the navigation and climate systems sits closer compared with the prior M, while the transmission retains its short, leather-wrapped gearshift. Upscale available materials include a suede-like headliner, faux-leather-stitched dashboard panels and wood trim with interlaced silver-powdered accents. Optional semi-aniline leather feels similar to a leather sofa, Infiniti says. Interior features include:

  • CD stereo with si...
Vehicle Overview

Infiniti redesigned its M sedan last year. Inspired by the Essence concept the automaker revealed at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show, the five-seat M is available in two iterations. The M37 uses a 3.7-liter V-6 while the M56 has a 5.6-liter V-8. Both come with rear- or all-wheel drive. Competitors include the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The M37’s styling combines the taller presence of the previous-generation M with some of the curves seen on the current G37 sedan. A large front grille sits low on the M's face, recalling the grille on the Essence. In back, the tail rises slightly at its center. Exterior features include:

  • Eighteen-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual exhaust pipes
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power-folding side mirrors
  • Available 20-inch wheels
  • Available darker grille, darker headlights and unique bumpers


Interior

Like before, the M's dash falls away from the driver, resulting in a spacious, open cabin. A wide panel with controls for the navigation and climate systems sits closer compared with the prior M, while the transmission retains its short, leather-wrapped gearshift. Upscale available materials include a suede-like headliner, faux-leather-stitched dashboard panels and wood trim with interlaced silver-powdered accents. Optional semi-aniline leather feels similar to a leather sofa, Infiniti says. Interior features include:

  • CD stereo with six speakers
  • USB/iPod connectivity
  • Power front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Moonroof
  • Push-button start
  • Backup camera
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Bose stereo
  • Available heated steering wheel and heated and cooled front seats


Under the Hood
The M37's 3.7-liter V-6 makes 330 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque; it pairs with a seven-speed automatic transmission. A knob controller, dubbed Infiniti Drive, allows drivers to program drivetrain settings — including accelerator sensitivity and transmission shift points — to Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow modes. Eco mode provides accelerator resistance to the driver's right foot if it detects inefficient driving habits; it also includes a yellow-to-green gauge indicator to show how efficiently you're driving. Mechanical features include:

  • Available sport-tuned suspension
  • Available four-wheel steering
  • Available 14-inch front and 13.8-inch rear disc brakes


Safety
Blind spot and lane departure warning systems are optional on the 2012 M37. So is Infiniti's Lane Departure Prevention system, which uses light braking to keep the M37 from drifting into an unintended lane. Safety features include:

  • Standard six airbags
  • Standard active front head restraints
  • Standard antilock brakes
  • Standard traction control
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Optional Blind Spot Intervention system, similar to Lane Departure Prevention
  • Optional adaptive headlights
  • Available collision warning system

Latest 2012 M37 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Solid Car @ at great value

by lscreen9987 from Chicago, IL on August 21, 2018

Sporty, roomy, super comfortable, and very reliable. Also, low cost to maintain. This is my third one. I traded my second one in for a Lexus lease, and couldn't wait to end that lease and get back ... Read full review

(5.0)

My second Infiniti. Most Reliable cars I?ve owned.

by LBM from Nipomo,Ca. on May 1, 2018

Fantastic car with great features and ride. It gets around 21 MPG, Very comfortable and quiet. Has a lot of safety features and a beautiful interior. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 INFINITI M37 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 INFINITI M37 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by INFINITI
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 model years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain warranty

    72 months/70,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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 M37 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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