This month Consumer Reports is reviewing mid-sized luxury cars, a segment of no small interest to me, and Infiniti’s revised M37 takes the top spot, though not by a lot. As usual, there are Highs and Lows for each tested vehicle, and one of the Lows for the M jumped out at me: “overbearing optional safety aids”.
Some of the commercial motor-noters have made similar remarks — “Will Big Brother please stand up?” asked Car and Driver — but I have to figure, if Consumer Reports thinks your safety features are “overbearing,” they must be miles beyond merely obtrusive: they have to be just this side of the Hand of God slapping you back into your lane.
If this is the way of the future, I offer a suggestion: a gizmo which detects your presence on an onramp, checks your speed, and if it’s under 30 mph, automatically turns the seat heater up to Stir-Fry. Barely a day goes by in this town when I don’t see the need for such a device.