2006 Infiniti FX45 Crossover – Test drive and new SUV review

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Infiniti FX45

The Crossover Muscle Car

Get ready for superlatives. I’m going to them willy-nilly during review of the 2006 Infiniti Crossover. I love this I love the way it looks.

I love the way it I love the way it feels. I even the way it smells — really. The Nissan FX45 Crossover a base price of $49,750 as tested with $650 charge), a 4 year/60,000 mile warranty, a 6 year/70,000 mile warranty and an EPA estimate of 14 mpg city/18 mpg It’s packed with and it is fun, fun, fun to drive.

hit the road.

First Glance

The is a true crossover vehicle it’s not a car, and it’s not an It has some of the capabilities of each; of the drawbacks, too. While manufacturers are building vehicles would have been station wagons or even in another day and age, the FX45 is another class of vehicle

It’s a more athletic a roomier, more capable

The FX45 looks like a scarab, shaped by the wind and of nature. Its body is all bulging, shapes that project and strength. A rising beltline is met by an roofline, resulting in a teardrop and a bulbous rear end. Big Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights give a bug-like to the front, and multiple array LED aid visibility in the rear.

The fixed window in the tailgate is a little bit of a slot — cool-looking, but it make for much of a view backing up.

Fit and finish on the FX45 are Deep rich paint, shine chrome accents, seams and gaps everywhere you The attention to detail is impressive, and the is eye-catching because of it.

You may love the of the FX45 or you may hate it — you not overlook it.

Continued below.

In the Seat

Infiniti’s dash and design is excellent — I the use of real rosewood and aluminum throughout.

Photo #169; Jason

Infiniti has got a real handle on seats. They must be their leather from the suppliers who sell baseball material to Rawlings. Thick, leather that feels it will age beautifully covers the which are padded just You know what they say a comfortable rear end is a happy end.

Mine was very thank you very much, in the and electrical heating elements toward that end. adjustable steering wheel and adjustment on the driver’s seat me find the sweet spot for A big … pedal (a resting for your left foot driving) helped with comfort as well — why is a luxury feature?

Infiniti’s layout and design is excellent I commend the use of real rosewood and trim throughout. The FX45’s stack looks almost a piece of fine furniture, so are the materials. Infiniti’s trademark analog clock sits low at topped by a big LCD screen that as a command center for heat/air audio and navigation controls, as as a much-needed rear view

The FX45’s design compromises directly to the rear and to the rear the one big flaw with this design.

The FX45’s rear is set up for two passengers, three only in a There’s plenty of leg room, but passengers complained a little the height of the windows — couldn’t see out the window when sat back in their seats. not short, and don’t spend time in the back seat, so I care.

On the Road

Here’s why I care — the FX45 is a 4.5 liter V8 under it’s a potent powerplant that out 320 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque. Mated a five-speed automatic transmission manual shift mode, spells F-U-N.

Add in 4-wheel suspension, full-time all-wheel four wheel anti-lock with electronic brake traction control, a low center of and a wide wheel base, and got a Crossover vehicle that like it’s glued to the There’s no body roll to of, and with all that horsepower, the just begs to be tossed the curves.

Handling is positively confidence-inducing, and is like a mule kick, by sweet, throaty music the exhaust note. The FX45 is a car in Crossover clothing.

Infiniti FX45

I don’t if I’d elect to take the on a road trip, however. are a couple of penalties for all that and style. The big one, of course, is 14 mpg mpg highway — awful even though they are in line with the power to ratio on display.

Cargo is just okay — the of the FX45’s sloped rear eats in to the cargo hold. You up with a space behind the seat that, at 27.4 feet, is smaller and less than the luggage space in a Escape (29.0 cubic Add in the horrible sightlines to the rear, and the is more fun around town on the road.

That said, I loved the FX45. The sound, the speed, the and the overall feel of the Crossover is to beat.

Journey’s End

The fixed window in the tailgate is a little bit of a slot — cool-looking, but it make for much of a view backing up.

Photo #169; Fogelson

So, I said I was going to around a few superlatives, and I have. But you shell out 50 grand for an FX45? before making that there are several other to check out.

First of drive the Infiniti FX35 and AWD — cosmetically very to the FX45, but with a smaller liter V6) powerplant under the You’ll get better mileage and a lower buy-in — and slightly less fun. You also check out the Nissan which shares a platform and styling cues with its cousin.

Starting under it can save you a lot of money, and still get you the genuine crossover field.

Infiniti isn’t the only in the sports luxury field. Q7 is an excellent vehicle.

So is the VW Touareg and the Cayenne, though all three will run you a little more than a comparably equipped Lexus’ RX350 is more less sporty, and the RX400h a hybrid to the party. Acura’s RDX a turbo into the mix, and X5 is a sporty entry to the field.

The R-class, Chrysler Pacifica and Freestyle are out of their league in competition, tending more minivan-dom than fun.

I dream of a crossover vehicle, the FX45 that fills my Part muscle car, fashion statement, it projects the of athleticism and charm that I I could muster. And isn’t what your daily should do?

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