2008 Infiniti M45x Video
2008 Infiniti M45x Video Transcript
>> What are we to make of the Infiniti M45X? It's a biggish car, all-wheel drive, but by no means an SUV, has a big payload of tech, but it's not a luxury barge. What is this thing? Let's check the tech and see if we can find out en route. ^M00:00:16 [ Music ] ^M00:00:20
>> The main screen is a biggie and that's I think an 8-inch LCD. Pretty good quality, although it's not the best in the industry, I've seen jagginess on the streets especially with the little diagonal like that, they get that weird stair-steppy thing that just is inexcusable in this day and age. Other car makers do it better. Now this is definitely a B-plus interface. I do find this interesting, I can't reach it, but it is a touch screen -- what's that all about? Instead, you'll end up using this controller up here a lot. This is Infiniti's signature controller, which has a roller knob, a central push button, the compass indicator is all around it for north, south, east and west and then a Back, a voice-command thing and an Enter way up here on the top, which is usually redundant given the center Enter button. This is a hard-drive-based navigation system by the way, which gives it in large measure very good response and of course updatability without having to put up a whole new DVD in the data drive somewhere. And since this is a hard-drive-based navigation system, they've carved out a little over 9-gig for you to use to store music. There it is right there. They call it the Music Box. Album, artist, track information are really easy to get to and of course 9-gigs is a decent amount of space. You've also got the CD, in this case a six-disc internal. We have a Compact Flash card reader, okay. We've got a DVD player for video and we also have an Auxiliary set of jacks, plus, a true iPod connector that lives here in the console. You can also option a rear seat entertainment system with a big 8-inch LCD, DVD drive, wireless headphones or more of that stuff. My gripe is when you do get it, it mounts up here in the ceiling and drops right down in the view of your rear view mirror. And also as you might expect in a car of this class, Bluetooth, hands-free is also standard. Now, because this is an M45 and not a 35, the power train is rather inspiring. A 4.5- liter, dual overhead cam V8, 325 is the horse power, 336 is the foot-pounds, with some torquey old stumper and it hooks up to a one-choice only five-speed automatic, which has shiftability over here in a gate around the stick. A combination of under the hood and transmission is going to give you zero to 60 around 6-seconds depending whose reviews you trust, which is pretty good for a biggish car like this. But the mileage is el sucko, 1420, which would have been bad 6 months ago, but in this post $4-era, you're gonna think twice. And yes, it does get hit with the gas guzzler tax -- 1300 bucks when you buy one new. The overall feel of this car is pretty buttoned down, not as firm as a German car, particularly a BMW. Our vehicle also has the Lane Departure warning system. So if you drift at highway speeds, it will beep and let you know, you're sliding into another lane. We also have Lane Departure Prevention. So if you ignore the beep. It will apply the opposite rear break to yow the car back from the direction of the drift. Pretty amazing stuff. ^M00:03:19 [ Music ] ^M00:03:21
>> Okay, let's price this tech-laden, high-powered, ball buster of a four-door. Starting off at about 53 grand for this 45X with the all-wheel drive, but that doesn't include destination or the gas guzzler tax. That's 1300 by itself. If you want the tech toys and you really wanna go nuts, get what's called the Premium Package. It has everything in it for about 9600 bucks. Well, everything except the rear-seat entertainment, that's 1500 more. ^M00:03:50 [ Music ]
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2008 Infiniti M45X Review
The good: Cabin technology in the 2008 Infiniti M45x includes a hard-drive-based navigation system with traffic reporting, a great-sounding stereo with many digital music options, adaptive cruise control, and an innovative lane departure system.
The bad: The engine doesn't strike a great balance between economy and power, excelling at neither, and the five-speed automatic transmission didn't feel particularly modern.
The bottom line: The 2008 Infiniti M45x offers some of the most cutting-edge cabin tech at a rock-bottom price, compared with the competition. The car is a good luxury cruiser with some performance aspirations.
2008 Infiniti M45X Specs
Part number: 100959726
- Product Basic Spec