I just received the Sept 2005 issue of Consumer Reports and they just tested the Infiniti M35, along with the Audi A6, Cadillac STS, Acura RL and Lexus GS300.
Their final ranking of all "Luxury Sedans" (I assume those that are in the same price range, engine size, etc.):
1. Infiniti M35 X (V6, AWD)2. Acura TL3. Toyota Avalon XLS4. Mercedes-Benz E3205. BMW 530i6. Audi A6 3.2 (V6)7. Lexus ES3308. Cadillac STS (V6)9. Acural RL10. Jaguar S-Type 4.211. Lexus GS300 (AWD)12 Volvo S80 T613 Saab 9-5 Arc
The red bar for the Infiniti was almost at the top end of "Excellent".
Selected quotes from the summary section and the car-specific section:
"The surprise of this group was the Infiniti M35, which is now our top-rated sedan. It even outscores all of our tested full-size premium luxury sedans. This well-rounded car has a ride and handling suited for twisty roads as well as the boulevard."
"Unlike some competitor's controls, the M35's are mostly user-friendly, particularly the voice-recognition system."
"Braking performance was excellent, with dry stopping distances shorter than some sports cars."
"The M35 is our new top-rated sedan."
"The M35 was stable and secure at its limits and it posted one of our fastest avoidance-maneuver speeds."
"Interior finish is impeccable with matte wood and inviting leather."
"Its lane-departure warning system alerts when the car strays from its path, which is of particular benefit to fatigued drivers."
HIGHS: Acceleration, handling, braking, powertrain, interior room, optional backup camera, fit and finish.
LOWS: Low-beam headlights.
Yay!!!! More Infiniti M35 sales will result, I am sure!!