2. Smooth Power Delivery
Hammer down and the M35h gets up and runs with haste thanks to a Infiniti’s 3.5-liter V6 combined with a 67-hp electric motor. The brakes are consistent and powerful, the throttle response is sharp, and best of all, there is no lag or any indication that anything but a naturally aspirated engine powers this car. An available Eco mode does a lot to dull that response, but that can be changed to suit the driver’s liking. Returning those fuel economy numbers with this much kick under the hood is a compelling argument in favor of M35h.
In comparison, we found that BMW ActiveHybrid 5 to have some inconsistent brake pedal feel, constantly reminding the driver what is at work under the hood. In the Infiniti, all that technology is hidden thanks to the smooth nature of the controls.