One new powertrain, one proven powertrain.
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 FX has two different powerplants. The FX50 keeps its high-strung — but still highly polished — 390-hp, 5.0-liter V-8. The smaller-engined FX had a 303-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 last year, but it’s now powered by a 325-hp, 3.7-liter V-6, hence the name change from FX35 to FX37. Both engines are paired with a standard seven-speed automatic transmission with available shift paddles (made of solid magnesium). All-wheel drive is standard on the FX50 and optional on the FX37, 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 is one of Infiniti’s best efforts, and that’s saying something. Naturally, plenty of advanced audio, navigation, and technology features are available as well. The FX might be one of the least practical SUVs on the market, but it is certainly an entertaining one.
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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.
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.
Tons of available technology
Athletic for an SUV
FX50 is thirsty
Stiff highway ride
Base Price Range: $45,195–$61,545
DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
TRIM LEVELS: FX37, FX37 AWD, FX37 AWD Limited Edition, FX50 AWD
BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger
ENGINES: 3.7L V-6, 325 hp, 267 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