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Infiniti FX

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.

COMPETITORS

Acura ZDX

BMW X6

Porsche Cayenne

Range Rover Sport

new for 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.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

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.

MPG

CITY 14–16

HWY 20–24

PRO

Shapely styling

Tons of available technology

Athletic for an SUV

CON

FX50 is thirsty

Stiff highway ride

Base Price Range: $45,195–$61,545

SPECIFICATIONS

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

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