The Infiniti FX is a sports car trapped in a small truck's body. Even when Infiniti did a complete overhaul of the crossover awhile back, it didn't dare touch the car's dynamic ability. Sure, it's not your traditional SUV -- no low gear for off-roading, not a lot of rear-seat room, and limited storage capacity under its handsome hatch. But if you want to carve apexes and look good doing so, the FX might just be the best sport-utility vehicle out there. The FX35 and the FX50 have two different powerplants. The FX50 gets a high-strung -- but still highly polished -- 390-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. In the FX35, a 303-hp, 3.5-liter 24-valve V-6 does duty. It's less mellifluous but still strong. Both engines are paired with a standard seven-speed automatic transmission with available shift paddles (made of solid magnesium). All-wheel drive comes standard on the FX50 and is optional on the FX35, where rear-wheel drive is standard. Both models have double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspensions, and large four-wheel disc brakes. The driver-oriented cockpit with intuitive controls is one of Infiniti's best efforts, and that's saying something. The interior is richly appointed, and the available sport seats have good lateral support to hold you in place during hard cornering. Naturally, plenty of advanced audio, navigation, and technology is available as well. It may be one of the least practical SUVs on the market, but the FX is certainly an entertaining one.
Drive: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim levels: FX35 RWD, FX35 AWD, FX35 Limited Edition AWD, FX50 AWD
Body style: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger
Engines: 3.5L V-6, 303 hp, 262 lb-ft
5.0L V-8, 390 hp, 369 lb-ft
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 107.1 cu ft
Capacities: Towing 2000-3500 lb; cargo (rear seats up/down) 24.8/62.0 cu ft
Infiniti's performance crossover enters the 2012 model year with a redesigned front grille, headlights, and front fascia; revised meter illumination; and standard heated front seats on all models. A Limited Edition FX35 all-wheel-drive model is new, featuring an exclusive iridium blue exterior color; twenty-one-inch, ten-spoke aluminum graphite-finish wheels with all-season tires; and dark-tinted headlights.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. A blind-spot warning system; lane-departure prevention; distance control assist; intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning; and the Around View Monitor are optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
All: 14-16 mpg city/20-23 mpg highway
- Shapely styling
Tons of available tech
Athletic for an SUV
You Won't Like
- FX50 is thirsty
Stiff highway ride
New face, same fun.
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