Infiniti FX35 Road Test | CarParts.com

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The competes in the medium luxury utility market. It vies the Acura MDX, Lexus Mercedes-Benz ML320, BMW X5 and even the new Cayenne.

Prices for this of vehicles range from the low $40 on up to within spitting distance of six Depending on what you want in mid-sized SUV, you can spend about anything.

The first thing that you about the FX35 is its styling. Far futuristic looking than its – even the redesigned – the FX35 draws eyes to it. A sloped, rounded end with almost-too-small headlights, back to a cabin that over the inhabitants, then to the rear deck.

The rear-end is as striking as the front.

I liked the the first time I saw it. But when I a thumbs up from a passing driver, I knew my opinions off base. And then when my said she liked it, I knew Infiniti had a winner, because my is definitely a fan of conservatively styled

A comment here on Infiniti and company Nissan styling. brands have shown recent years that can knock your socks off their designs. If you see a car moving the road and like the way it looks, are it’ll have either a or Infiniti badge on it.

Their design studios are at the forefront, in the same way Chrysler was just a few back.

Under the hood of the is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that is a of the engine in the Nissan Z350. advertises that it has been one of the world’s 10 Best Engines, and true. We’ve driven vehicles with derivatives of the and they’ve all shown great

The engine is hooked to a five-speed transmission with a manual We had zero opportunities to try the FX35 on roads, so the manual mode untested. But the automatic did its job well, 18.7 mpg in mostly highway

Sure, it would be nice to better economy – during a week when the of gasoline went over a gallon – but 18.7 is for an SUV.

While it may not look it the outside, this vehicle was with interior space. We the Thursday morning golf in the FX35, fitting four golfers and their bags into it. There was more adequate rear-seat legroom, and was room in the cargo area for golf bags as well.

In addition, the HVAC system all four passengers comfortable, the rear passengers having own controls.

At the other end of the spectrum, I was called on to baby sit over the we were able to fit my grandson’s car in the back quickly, and remove it as quickly. The sunroof provided entertainment for him.

The front were power adjustable, unique seat top-mounted controlling height, fore and aft and seat back angle. The seats were also – a bonus.

Infiniti FX35

In between the two seats was an arm rest/console that was confusing. On top were two arm rests were adjustable fore and aft for the comfort. These could be lifted individually to provide storage areas.

Both could be lifted to a larger storage compartment that was large enough to a CD collection, for example.

I liked the panel on the FX35. The dials white on black with markings. In the center of the dash was an panel that provided a of information, but our tester did not have the navigation system.

The non-navigation was lighted in orange, and we learned to use it and through it easily. The optional replaces this screen a full color display

In the were two large cupholders would accommodate Big-Gulps or bottles of water, and of course in the of the console was Infiniti’s trademark clock.

Handling and steering feel first rate with cornering and excellent tire This was due to fairly stiff rates which gave our car a firm and, on some surfaces, a hard ride

FX35 has tough competition in field. But there is no doubt in my that it is the equal of current both in styling and performance.

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