SUM UP (3 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for FX50 in 2013

Besides the new engine for FX37 models, Moving Object Detection is added to the Around View monitor. Iridium blue paint is now available on all models except the Limited Edition, which is only available in moonlight white. The Java interior color is now available with liquid platinum and graphite shadow exterior colors. ..more

An excellent choice in a luxury crossover vehicle, the Infiniti FX50 delivers a top performance and comes loaded with a great host of standard features, befitting its status. The FX50 has some of the best performance in its class. A fast vehicle that handles like a champ, the FX50 brings the luxury crossover to whole new level. Phenomenal safety options help ensure a safer ride, and add an extra sense of security behind the wheel. Its great performance is perhaps only marred a bit by its poor fuel economy, getting the gas mileage of the average larger SUV rather than a typical crossover’s numbers, though this might not be missed considering its thrilling experience on the road. Offering all the performance, features, and options one could want from a luxury crossover vehicle, the FX50 delivers in all categories and carves out a nice little niche for itself in this competitive market.

Exterior

Bearing beady headlights and a profile looking somewhat like a coupe, the 2013 Infiniti FX50 is a sporty, midsize crossover with a distinctive and modern design. Curvy from head to toe with a tapered rear, the FX50 is a handsome, somewhat muscular-looking vehicle. Air vents on the sides reduce lift, and also provide a stylish touch. Equipped with standard 20-inch alloy wheels and available 21-inch alloy wheels, the FX50 also features bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights and privacy glass. A roof rack, rear spoiler, and power glass sunroof are also included. Exterior options include roof rail crossbars, splash guards, and stainless steel rear bumper protector. The optional Technology Package adds adaptive headlights and automatic wipers, and the Sport Package includes dark-tinted exterior trim. A choice of eight body colors is available for the FX50, including Midnight Mocha, Umbria Twilight, and Iridium Blue.

Interior & Cargo

Made of rich, high quality materials, the interior of the 2013 Infiniti FX50 features a high dashboard and lots of well-placed controls. Premium leather seating is very comfortable and supportive, and the front seats include eight-way power adjustments. Loaded with brushed metallic trim and rich wood accents, the FX50 is more luxurious than its competitors, offering simple and intuitive functioning of its various controls. Seating up front provides plenty of head and legroom, however taller passengers might be a little cramped in the back seats due to the vehicle’s sloping roofline. Rear seats also decline, for some added comfort. The FX50’s roofline also limits cargo space a bit, which comes in at 25 cubic feet. The rear seats can be folded down, accomplishing a reasonable 62 cubic feet of space, which isn’t nearly as ample as its major competitors. Standard interior features include speed-proportional power steering, dual zone climate controls, and audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel. One advanced feature included as standard with the FX50 is a front, side, and rear view with simulated aerial camera. Entertainment comes well-equipped in the FX50, featuring an AM/FM sound system with CD player and MP3 playback, eleven Bose premium brand speakers, and a DVD player with video monitor. Sirius XM satellite radio with NavTraffic also comes standard. A host of options area also available to spruce up the vehicle, including a Sport Package, which adds adaptive two-mode suspension dampers, solid magnesium paddle shifters, and sport front seats.

Safety

The 2013 Infiniti FX50 includes all the basic safety features one would expect, included a few advanced pieces of technology not found in many of its competitors. Basic safety features which come standard include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, front seat side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags in the front and rear. Advanced options available for the FX50 include lane departure warning and prevention, cross-traffic alert system, adaptive cruise control, and intelligent brake assist. In brake testing, the FX50 came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet, which is about luxury for a vehicle of its class. The FX50 received the highest rating of ""Good"" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its frontal impact protection.

Driving Experience

The Infiniti FX50 delivers a smooth and confident ride on curvy roads, with responsive steering and excellent brakes. Driving on the highway, however, produces a somewhat stiffer ride, though its engine provides more than adequate power to accelerate the vehicle quite well. The FX50’s stellar acceleration is enough to surpass nearly any other SUV on the road. The seven-speed, automatic transmission with manual shift control delivers smooth shifts that adjust to the driver’s style. An all-wheel drive system comes standard, and when properly equipped, the FX50 can tow up to 3500 pounds. It is powered by a 5.0-liter, eight-cylinder engine that produces a hefty 390 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The FX50 can go from zero to 60 mph in a swift 5.5 seconds. Fuel economy is not phenomenal, getting 14/20 mpg city/highway and 16 mpg combined. Worse than many other crossovers, the FX50’s high performing engine sacrifices a bit of its fuel economy to deliver such ample power.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Infiniti FX50

  • Acura ZDX
  • BMW X6
  • Porsche Cayenne
  • Range Rover Sport

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