October 25, 2007

Infiniti M35 retains top spot in Consumer Reports’ test of six luxury sedans

Yonkers, New York – The Infiniti M35 retained its spot as the class leader in Consumer Reports’ latest test of six luxury sedans, but two versions of the freshened Mercedes-Benz E-Class are close behind, with overall scores of “Excellent”. The E-Class models tested were the diesel-powered E320 BlueTec and the gasoline-powered E350.

The other vehicles tested were the BMW 535i, the gasoline/electric hybrid Lexus GS450h, and the Volvo S80. All were rated “Very Good”.

The diesel-powered E320 delivered excellent fuel economy of 8.0 L/100 km, comparable to that of a small sedan, such as the Toyota Corolla. Fuel economy for the other vehicles in the group ranged from a high of 10 L/100 km for the GS 450h, to a low of 12.1 L/100 km for the M35.

The rear-wheel drive M35 was tested as an update to the all-wheel drive M35X which was previously tested, and which was Consumer Reports’ 2007 Top Pick in the luxury car category. The M35X received an overall score of 97, while the M35 rated 95 points.

The BMW 535i, Infiniti M35, Lexus GS 450h and Lexus LS 460L are “recommended” by Consumer Reports. The Mercedes E-Class and S-Class have sub-par reliability in subscriber surveys, while the refreshed Volvo S80 is too new for reliability data. Consumer Reports only recommends vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

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