Welcome to Underappreciated, a showcase for outlier vehicles from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, cars that presented fresh ideas or innovative technologies but failed to connect with consumers then and remain undervalued read: bargains today. Infiniti was a bit troubled at the end of the s. In an effort to boost its fortunes and image, the brand added the midsize M45 internal code Y34 sedan in The M was intended to patch a medium-size hole in the Infiniti sedan lineup, slotting between the smaller G and the larger Q. Like similar vehicles from its German and Japanese brethren—E-Class, 5 Series, GS—it was a step up from entry level and a step down from top tier.
Underappreciated: 2003-2004 Infiniti M45
Road test: Infiniti M45 | Driving
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This page is for personal, non-commercial use. The new Infiniti M45 is a great piece of equipment. It's very well engineered, and may be the highest combination of smooth and fast in a mid-size luxury car ever to come down the pike. The Infiniti M45 plays its dual role well, but we have trouble deciding whether it is a luxury car or a sports sedan, Its styling doesn't help, offering little distinction.
Once upon a time, the marketing mavens at Infiniti spotted a gap in their lineup. To their amazement, the mavens saw a grand gap, big enough to tempt existing lower-end Infiniti car owners off to other manufacturers when they get The Big Promotion. Said the mavens, "We can't have that, can we?