2011 Infiniti FX35 RWD: RideLust Review

26 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 2011 Infiniti FX35 RWD: RideLust Review

In the gospel to gearheads, it is written that all vehicles must be blandly-styled with no more driving than a four cylinder LaCrosse. Crossovers, after are the new station wagons: designed to families and their stuff place to place, with focus on making the drive for the person behind the steering

While most can be ordered rear-entertainment systems to keep the pacified, most do nothing at all to the driver.

Infiniti’s FX series of on the other hand, are living that not all crossovers are boring, and some are actually built the driver, not just passengers, in Infiniti builds two versions of the FX the FX35 comes with a V-6, good for 303 horsepower, the FX50 comes with a V-8, good for an impressive 390 Either will do nicely, and the feels a bit more nimble to its lower weight.

It certainly doesn’t feel

Another departure the FX series from the norm is styling: certainly not your average design, and that’s where the FX attracts buyers or repels Not many people are indifferent the FX’s styling: my wife, for isn’t a fan. I, on the other am, and I’ll be up front about else: if I needed a crossover the Infiniti FX is probably the one I’d buy.

I the muscular front fenders and scowl of the grille. I like the use of chrome as an accent (although I the darkened trim on the FX50 S and I like the gently sloping that carries over a pronounced rear decklid. The FX can’t be mistaken for anything on the road, and in these days of styling, I say that’s a good

Infiniti even goes on the paint choices available. My fleet tester, for example, was in a color that Infiniti “Midnight Mocha,” which from dark brown to to eggplant, depending upon the I’ll admit that the wouldn’t have been my choice, but at least it was bolder the traditional black-white-silver-red-beige that manufacturers reserve for minivans and

Climb inside, and it’s that this isn’t average grocery getter. leather seats are the order of the and opting for the Premium Package you climate controlled (heated and front seats. There’s of adjustability and ample lumbar so the FX is a pleasant place to eat up highway

There’s some seat bolstering and a reasonable amount of back bolstering, which is all you need for a crossover with intentions.

The dash is a complex of colors and shapes, and in the case of my fleet tester, those were brown (Java, in black, aluminum, chrome and wood. While the maple was a touch, the rest was a bit busy for my but that’s why Infiniti offers so interior color combinations. For and infotainment, there’s an eight-inch screen display that the Infiniti Controller input for easy and intuitive data

There’s also redundant for climate and audio, so there’s no to scroll through screen screen to change radio or lower cabin temps.

Infiniti FX35

will be familiar to anyone ever driven an Infiniti You’ve got a temperature gauge and on the left, a brightly lit information in the middle and a speedometer and fuel on the right. Both the tachometer and are accented in Infiniti’s trademark lest you forget what of vehicle you’re piloting.

seats feature adjustable backs, ideal for long-distance Rear seats are neither nor cooled, but rear-seat occupants do get own climate control vents. The gives rear-seaters a decent of leg room, but the sloping roofline that headroom is somewhat

If your rear-seat passengers are six feet tall, this is a if they’re over six feet expect them to be arguing the shotgun seat.

The dropping rear ceiling means that cargo especially cargo height, as good as you’d find in crossovers. Unless you routinely bulky or tall items is a non-issue, but be sure to take a at the cargo area with the seats folder before you to buy an FX.

The FX35 is powered by a variant of the 3.5-liter V-6 engine that / Infiniti uses across product range, and it comes only to a seven-speed automatic The engine makes plenty of (303 horsepower and 262 ft-lb of to be exact) to yield brisk even with the FX35’s weight of 4,158 pounds. to see zero to sixty times of six and a half seconds, which is nearly bordering on sport territory.

If you can resist the urge to mat the the FX will deliver reasonable economy; expect to see 16 mpg city and 23 mpg

The FX35 may give up some to its big brother, the FX50, but the tradeoff is a front end and a more nimble The steering is nicely weighted and the tires deliver more than you’d expect your average grocery-getter, but the of physics still apply. the FX35 hard in a corner and body roll, though than you’d expect.

Understeer is the order of the day, and worth noting that the FX35 is more engaging most crossovers, it’s a crossover. It may be entertaining enough on a road, but you won’t be bringing any Solo championships behind the

Opt for the Technology Package, and there’s a amount of safety equipment comes with it. You’ve got cruise control, which across the FX35’s entire range. There’s both departure warning and lane prevention, which will steer you back between the lines should your wander.

In the event of an imminent crash, there are seat pre-tensioners, a forward collision and intelligent brake assist pressurizes the braking system for stops. The package also adaptive headlights and rain wipers, and I’m sure that has a near 100 percent take on this option.

Infiniti provided me with a fleet loaner vehicle for evaluation. The base sticker on my 2011 Infiniti FX35 RWD was including a destination charge of Option packages included the Technology Package (detailed the $2,700 Deluxe Touring (maple wood accents, pedals, tonneau cover, wheels with V rated all tires) and the $4,800 Premium (climate controlled front front seat memory, entry assist, quilted seats, power tilt / steering wheel, Bluetooth streaming, 9.3 GB hard drive for files, navigation system, touch screen display, View monitor system front and rear sonar, tilt-down outside mirrors, rails), for a total sticker of $52,875. For comparison, a similarly front-wheel-drive Lexus RX350 list for $54,525 and a comparable Mercedes-Benz ML350 would at $59,320.

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