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The Worst Car I Drove In 2012

Posted on 28 January 2013 by Adam Kaslikowski

Worst Car In 20122013 is still fresh and wet behind the ears, and all the definitive lists of the “best” of 2012 are still trickling in. Well I have no interest in telling you what was the greatest of last year. What I want to relay is what you should avoid like your mom’s underwear drawer – the worst car I drove in 2012

Let’s not pander about any longer – it was the Infiniti M56. Boy howdy did I not like this car, but it is not so much that I hated my time in it. No, it just left me with a confused feeling while I drove it. The car is very schizophrenic – never quite deciding what its personality is or how it should drive. “I’m a big cushy sedan! Oooo no, I’m a muscle car! Maybe a sports sedan!” No. None of these, and all at the same time.

This is a vehicle attempting to be many things to many people, and as is often the case with such goals achieving none of them. This car would be a great grand tourer if it decided to be. Same goes for being an executive-shuttling sedan. If the design brief had not consisted of checking every available box the M56 would have been a formidable vehicle.

Instead what I drove was a massive soft driving boat with numb beyond Cadillac of the 70’s steering and the ability to shred it’s tires at any moment. And I can’t forget the Eco setting that attempts to turn this whole circus into a Prius. Yes, this car has a personality disorder (or two).

I was almost distracted enough by the cars enormous helping of horsepower and torque coming out of that honking 5.6 liter V8, 420 and 417 respectively, but the steering and suspension made it all but unenjoyable on anything other than a straight line.  This is another example where horsepower does not solve any problems, and actually makes them worse. Given my time with the M56, I had the feeling that the smaller M37 was probably quite good. A smaller engine and a less aggressive personality was all this car needed to be a competent commuter.

It didn’t help that I got a speeding ticket while testing this car, but that only reinforced my loathing. I had already decided that this was a bad car. As it turns out, the Infiniti M56 was the worst car I drove last year. What was the worst car you drove last year? Let us now in the comments below and peruse the gallery of the M56.

– Adam Kaslikowski