Two powerful engine options lend the Infiniti FX exceptional prowess on the road. The mid-size luxury crossover SUV, which comes with a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift, has been enthralling drivers since 2003. Whether it is fitted out with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the FX boasts nimble handling and a truly top-notch ride. The only area in which this feisty CUV doesn't excel is interior space. When its rear seats are up, there is only 25 cubic feet of storage space; even when they are folded down, only 62 cubic feet are made available. Compared with other vehicles in this class, that is decidedly small.
Production of the Infiniti FX takes place in Tochigi, Japan; it was also designed in that country. Its two trim levels correspond to its two available engines; the FX35 features a 3.5-liter V6 that gets 303 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The FX50 has a 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 390 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive versions of the FX35 have fuel economy ratings of 16 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined; AWD versions of the FX 50 have fuel economy ratings of 14/20/16. The Infiniti FX is not designed for towing.
2003 marked the debut year of the FX. During its first generation, the two available trims were the FX35 and the FX45. A face-lift in 2006 brought a newly designed bumper and grille into the mix; three new exterior colors were also added. The second generation of the FX premiered at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008. The FX50 replaced the FX45; longer headlights and a trapezoid-shaped grille with wavy designs were also added. The interior received a complete redesign that incorporated stitched leather accents.
Throughout its history, the Infiniti FX has been known for its exquisite styling. Its interior abounds with luxurious materials; gleaming wood trim adds sophistication. The FX50 comes standard with a bevy of key features including a cargo cover, an air filtration system, and 20 wheels. As far as options go, there are several options packages available. The Sport Package, which is only offered for the FX50, ads active rear steering and paddle shifting. The Technology Package adds adaptive cruise control and a lane departure warning system.
Thanks to its rather high price tag, the Infiniti FX has been left out of the spotlight on many occasions. The April 2009 issue of Cigar Aficionado, however, listed it as one of the top cars of the year. In 2011, Intellichoice named the FX as a "Smartchoice Repair Costs" award winner. Those who can afford the price tag that goes along with this impeccably-designed crossover are sure to be pleased.
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