2003 Infiniti FX45 Review

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Infiniti FX45

2003 Infiniti FX45

2003 Infiniti FX45

price: $44,225

EPA mileage: 15 highway

By Des Toups

The Infiniti is all sport, no utility, and it works so precisely because it does not to be both.

This bobtailed fails woefully at mainstream tasks: It seats just comfortably, has less cargo than almost all rivals, can tow 3,500 pounds, offers a 7.6 inches of ground clearance and has no four-wheel-drive gearing. But the FX45 is light, perched on 20-inch and powered by a thumping 315-horsepower making it an awe-inspiring all-weather that more than its own on a curving mountain road.

Other powerful, expensive such as the Lincoln Aviator and ML may be cushy and leather-lined, but at heart are drab family haulers to soothe suburbanites who have and skis and a passel of kids. The pegs the needle in the direction of and speed, damn the consequences.

If you already shopping a BMW X5 4.4i, the probably works for you. If you your brow and wonder want to drive what is, in a jacked-up and gas-… luxury it doesn’t.

The Infiniti, judged its comparably equipped German is $5,000-$10,000 cheaper, 700 pounds slightly faster and vastly daring. It fares less in the places you might expect: the in the interior, the overly heavy the less rigid chassis. The feels more athletic the X5, but not as solid.

The Infiniti is derived from the rear-drive platform that serves up such gems as the 350Z and Infiniti G35. The is all-wheel-drive (power goes to the rear wheels unless the begin to slip), with control and electronic stability standard. Saddled with an half-ton of sheetmetal and leather and the FX45 isn’t as nimble as its siblings — but it’s with almost zero roll.

And it attacks corners in the eager way: no scrubbing, no no fuss. Too-heavy steering and a throttle make smoothness but the Infiniti can be driven as aggressively as the G35 and more aggressively than an X5, feels comparatively tippy and

And it can more than keep up in the department, too. The FX45 the silky 4.5-liter V8 from the big Q45. It’s lightly differently here, developing 25 horsepower and a marginally reduced of torque. That’s enough to this crossover to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, into sports-car territory.

50-series Goodyears provide of grip for braking, too (They They’re 30 inches tall.) lighter, more communicative and a less twitchy gas pedal, the would be dangerously easy to fast.

Such serious go-fast has its downside: Gas mileage is abysmal (11 mpg for and the ride is jiggly and overly One good speed bump at low puts air underneath the driver’s

Infiniti FX45

The $10,000 cheaper, V6-powered is only slightly less — down about 35 — and it’s a few hundred lighter, so it’s likely to be as fast and certain to be lighter on its Shod in 18-inch wheels and aggressive 60-series tires, it be able to handle bumps and without beating its passengers the way the does.

Plus the FX35 its sibling’s chief asset: looks, an astoundingly original of curves and swagger like else on the road. Infiniti has daring enough to make choose sides: You love it or you it. Either way, the Infiniti even the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne positively frumpy.

It’s no less utilitarian either, though rearward is truly abysmal, with headrests neatly blocking the through the rear-quarter windows. side mirrors help Cargo space is a very 27 cubic feet with the up — but still more the X5 offers.

The rest of the interior as many chances as the exterior. The of light leather seats, padding and brushed aluminum in our was striking, the seats themselves and firm. Though the FX45’s base price includes of the luxuries anybody could an all-inclusive, $7,600 technology shoots the works: navigation up flip-down DVD player in back; camera that’s displayed on the nav intelligent cruise control can maintain distance as well as true keyless entry and plus the usual high-end etc.

It’s an intriguing set of toys, but an stripped of all of them is no less — as athletic and stylish as any SUV can be.

the National Highway Traffic Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Safety has crash-tested an FX45 or

Des Toups is a Seattle free-lance whose work has appeared in the Times and newspapers nationwide, and Driving Sports magazines and on MSN

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