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Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti has upped its game this year by completely redesigning its M-series midsize sport sedans. Have these new cars won the approval of reviewers and drivers?

If you’re considering buying and insuring an Infiniti M, you’ll want to to know the answer to that question as well as what to expect regarding safety, insurance costs and features.

Before you enter your zip code to find competitive insurance quotes from major car insurers, read on to learn more about what’s new with Infiniti’s flagship sedans.

Three Generations of Infiniti M

Making its debut in 2003, the first Infiniti M shared a 340-horsepower V8 engine with Infiniti’s old Q45 flagship sedan. This early M45 was not especially well-received, and by 2006 it was completely redesigned.

These second-generation cars, the V6 M35 and V8 M45, became Infiniti’s new top-of-the-line sedans after the Q45 ended its run in 2006. They inspired some positive reviews and even a few best-in-class awards, however, the M35 and M45 faced heavy competition from Mercedes, BMW and Lexus among others.

Significant updates in 2008 and 2009 rendered those years worth considering if you’re looking for a recent-year M35 or M45. For new car shoppers, the Infiniti M’s third generation catapults into another sphere of quality altogether.

The newly-redesigned 2011 Infiniti M series includes the M’s first hybrid, a 360-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that yields impressive 27-mpg city and 32-mpg highway fuel numbers.

The rear-wheel drive M Hybrid has a seven-speed automatic transmission and the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector with Standard, Sport, Snow and Eco settings.

Reviewers are impressed with the M Hybrid’s marriage of power and fuel economy. Starting at a competitive $53,700, it delivers exactly what all luxury hybrids ought to deliver — a sizable improvement in fuel economy with no compromises in comfort and performance.

The other new M-series models, the M37 and M56, both come with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and feature the same adaptive seven-speed transmission and Drive Mode Selector as the hybrid.

The M37 gets a 3.7-liter V6 engine delivering 330 horsepower, while the powerful M56 boasts a 5.6-liter V8 whose 420 horsepower yields 0-to-60 mph acceleration in about five seconds flat.

Fuel economy is respectable with 16 to 18 mpg city and 23 to 26 mpg highway depending on the model and drive type. Prices are reasonable for its class, with the M37 starting at $47,700 and the M56 at $59,100.

The new M series were singled out by Popular Mechanics and US News as top luxury sedan choices for 2011.

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Infiniti M Features and Options

To say the 2011 M series has an impressive array of standard and optional features is an understatement.

Standard equipment includes 10-way power driver and passenger seats with two-way lumbar support, USB/ipod interface, XM Satellite Radio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, power tinted moonroof with tilt, remote power windows, wiper rain sensors, power folding reverse tilt-down side mirrors, push-button ignition, generous leather and wood interior finishing, dual-occupant memory settings for driver’s seat and much more.

The Premium Package, standard on the M56 and optional on the M37 and Hybrid for $3350 extra, adds touch-screen navigation, voice recognition, real-time traffic and weather, up-to-date Zagat restaurant information, a 10-speaker Bose upgraded sound system, a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, heated and cooled front seats and heated steering wheel.

The Deluxe Touring Package and the Technology Package are likewise loaded with fine touches for $3800 and $3000 respectively, and the rear-wheel drive models offer optional sport packages.

Reviewers are especially impressed with the technology offerings and with the upgraded leather and silver-powdered wood trim available in the Deluxe Touring Package.

Safety Equipment and Crash Evaluations

Let’s start with what’s optional for all models: Blind Spot Warning and the innovative Blind Spot Intervention, which helps guide the driver back toward the lane center when blind spot activity is detected; Forward Collision Warning; Intelligent Brake Assist; and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Departure Prevention, a package that warns the driver of lane drift and then uses light selective braking to help ease the vehicle back into its lane.

Apart from these, the standard menu of safety equipment is as comprehensive as it gets, including state-of-the-art airbags and seat belts, reinforced construction with crumple zones, LATCH system for child safety seats, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Brake Assist, anti-lock brakes and dynamic stability and traction control.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded most of the 2011 lineup its top safety award, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has thus far tested the M37, giving it four out of five stars overall with five for side impact.

How much is car insurance for the Infiniti M Series?

As a fully-loaded luxury sport sedan, the M series is more expensive to insure than affordable counterparts like its cousins the Nissan Altima and Maxima. Annual insurance costs nationwide average from around $1750 for the M37 to approximately $1950 for the M56.

These prices are well below the cost of insuring a true racing-style sport coupe or convertible, and are comparable to the Mercedes Benz E-class, the Lexus GS and other luxury sedan competitors.

Your specific insurance cost will change according to where you live, your annual mileage, your credit score, your age, your driving record and other significant variables.

To illustrate one extreme, drivers in states such as Vermont, Maine or South Carolina may pay on average less than half what drivers in other states like Michigan, Louisiana or Montana are charged for car insurance.

How do you get the best rate on car insurance for an Infiniti M? Enter your zip code and begin shopping for your best price today!

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