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2012 INFINITI M35h - Review


From the outside, the 2012 Infiniti M35h hybrid looks just like any other model of the large luxury sport sedan. Only some subtle badges--one on each front fender, one on the trunk lid--denote its hybrid powertrain. It's the first hybrid for Infiniti, that gives the M35h the title of "fastest hybrid sedan" sold this year. Infiniti is proud of pointing out that it's the only car sold that has both 350 horsepower and a highway gas-mileage rating of more than 30 mpg.

The M35h pairs a 302-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 with a 50-kilowatt (67-horsepower) electric motor sandwiched between the engine and a version of the company's seven-speed automatic transmission modified to maintain pressure even with the engine switched off. The maximum combined output of the entire powertrain is 360 hp. The motor can power the car alone, drawing energy from a 1.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack in the trunk, and it can contribute torque along with the engine to power the car. It also recharges the...

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