2009 Infiniti FX50 Review: Car Reviews

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Infiniti FX50

Is bigger better?

FAST

1. The all new 2009 FX50 replaces the and gets a 5.0-liter V8 engine 390hp and 369 ft-lbs of torque.

2. to a new seven-speed transmission the FX50 is of 0-60 mph runs of just

3. The FX50 comes standard 21-inch Enkei wheels and brakes.

4. A Sport Package is with continuously damping sporty front seats pneumatic bolsters and an innovative active steering system.

just stepped out of Infiniti’s I slide myself into the and I begin to wonder why the more version costs almost more (especially when the two only differ in price by in Canada). The interiors of the two SUVs are identical – that is, if you happen to the $2,350 Premium Package on FX35 that comes quilted leather seats are standard equipment on the FX50).

Not I’m knocking the interior… actually very impressive. You like you’re in a sports and all that quilted leather is Unfortunately wood trim standard on the FX50 and just out of place in the modern cockpit, with drilled aluminum and magnesium paddle shifters to through the seven-speed automatic

The interior of the FX50 continues to with standard equipment includes full leather, a climate control system, an Bose audio system, adjustable power driver and front seats, a sporty steering wheel with cruise control and audio and the Infiniti Intelligent Key with a button ignition. (Essentially all FX35 gear).

The FX50 comes standard with a tilt and telescopic wheel, controlled heated and cooled seats, a 2-position driver seat, an 8.0-inch LCD screen Navigation, Infiniti’s Around monitor (an optional extra in and a Bluetooth handsfree system.

All options retail as the $2,350 Package and $2,850 Navigation for the FX35.

My FX50 tester came equipped with the ($3,500 CDN) Technology which includes a long of safety and convenience features. In the category are rain-sensing wipers really should be standard on all FX Intelligent Cruise Control that maintains the distance a vehicle ahead, and Distance Assist (DCA).

DCA essentially works like cruise control but at low speed so you can drive in rush hour by just operating the gas pedal. The FX automatically keep a distance you and the next car, even the vehicle when necessary.

In of the safety features in this the list includes pre-crash Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision (FCW) that will the driver of an object or pedestrian in the path before and ultimately the brakes if the driver does not

To be honest, I’m not sure if I felt the vehicle apply the but on narrow roads or even cruising on the highway the system off a fair number of times. I it irritating in many circumstances, that really is the point, as it is to prevent accidents caused by fatigue.

One package not included on my tester was the ($3,500 CDN) Sport that includes Continuous Control self-adjusting shocks Auto and Sport modes, front lighting with headlights, sportier front with thigh support and a pneumatic bolstered driver’s The system also features innovative rear active that works with the ATTESA E-TS AWD system to maximum safety and performance.

All and done, when you consider the comes with standard that costs $5,150 on the then the difference between the two is whittled down to $9,600.

YOU’RE PAYING FOR: V8

So what else do you get for all that How about a significantly larger V8 engine that increases output from 303hp to Torque for the hefty V8 is rated at 369

Personally I was surprised to discover I preferred the V6 equipped SUV. it wasn’t quite as powerful, but it like power delivery was linear. The V8 also made the luxury crossover feel truck-like.

The V8 engine does add a bit of weight to the and gives it a slightly worse to rear weight balance of

Acceleration with the FX50 is an 5.5 seconds to 60 mph, and is faster the 35’s still-impressive low six-second It’s also roughly the time (if not a little faster) the $71,000 Porsche Cayenne

Where the V8 really seemed to however, was in highway passing, it showed an impressive amount of in the higher gears.

Infiniti FX50

As for the sound, the V6 is, surprisingly louder under with a nicer sound. The does have an awesome growl and a noticeable V8 wop-wop-wop as the turns over.

Regardless, the V8 is a for those who would otherwise look at a German SUV… and I do think they should this a try, as well as the V6 – even though probably wouldn’t buy it just its not a V8.

WHAT YOU’RE ALSO FOR: 21-INCH WHEELS

than the V8 engine, the other upgrade on the FX50 is the wheels. At corner you and everyone you pass crawling along in rush traffic can’t miss the 21-inch Enkei wheels.

has also equipped FX50 with a brake upgrade, four-piston front and two-piston calipers. And of course the FX has ABS with brake force distribution and assist.

Despite the insistence the wheels are ultra lightweight and the brakes are more powerful, pedal feel isn’t as inspiring as on the FX equipped with the 18-inch wheels. Still, the distance from 60 mph is rated at or under 120 feet… an impressive indeed!

NOT SO FUNCTIONAL

Much the FX35, the 50 suffers from a of functionality. Sure it’s for hauling your kids but cargo space is awkward and the cargo volume is not indicative of how you can (or can’t) fit in the back. As for towing the FX50 has what seems a decent amount of pull, a 3,500lb rating, but German range from 5,000 lbs to 7,000 lbs of towing capacity.

As for fuel economy, the FX50 a rating of 14/20 mpg (city/highway) a than average number, the performance.

THE VERDICT

With a list of standard features are offered as options on the FX35, the is really only distinguishable by its V8 and 21-inch wheels. Personally, I the drive to be less engaging the V6-equipped model, as it felt like a truck than a crossover. Still, without the V8 the FX doesn’t have a chance of German-buying customers.

The V8-powered has impressive power and performance and is a great-looking alternative to German

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