Infiniti FX45 – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Infiniti FX45

An SUV that #151; and runs #151; a sports car.

The idea of an SUV that thinks it’s a car has always struck us as somewhat After all, if you want a that is quick and responsive, why with one that is heavy, its weight high, and punches a ragged hole through the air as it down the road?

The BMW X5, however, there is a market for SUVs put more emphasis on paved-road than on off-road sloggability. even found ourselves the X5’s combination of space, and responsiveness.

Now Infiniti is taking this to the next level with its FX45. Replacing the conventional QX4 in lineup, the FX45 is dedicated to the that an SUV can be successfully crossbred a sports car.

Based on FM chassis, which forms the for the 350Z and the Infiniti G35, the is blessed with the sophisticated independent rear suspension those cars, a new strut suspension, a rigid structure, and a light 4497-pound curb (A BMW X5 V-8 can weigh between 4800 and pounds.)

Powered by a 315-hp version of the Q45 V-8, coupled to a five-speed transmission with obedient override, the FX45 rushes to 60 mph in 6.3 and through the quarter-mile in 15 seconds at 93 mph. That makes the the quickest production SUV we’ve since the long-… GMC Typhoon. The is even able to show its fat to the BMW X5 4.6is and Mercedes ML55 AMG seconds each).

Handling and braking are similarly Thanks to firm springs, shocks, and thick anti-roll the FX45 responds with precision on a twisty road. roll is minimal, steering is excellent, and the overall handling is remarkably neutral when you start pushing its limits.

of the credit for the FX45’s balanced and feel goes to its ATTESA four-wheel-drive system. You don’t to know what the alphabet stands for, but what it is use a computer-controlled hydraulic clutch to the power seamlessly among an range of choices, from a front-to-rear split to all of it going to the axle. We haven’t tried the in the snow yet, but it sure traction on dry pavement.

With this system to 265/50 Goodyear Eagle gumballs mounted on standard wheels, it’s not surprising the FX45 generates serious grip. We measured 0.87 g on the And when you stomp on the ABS-equipped disc brakes, this helping of rubber brings the FX to a from 70 mph in just 160 feet.

Both of these figures are the we’ve ever measured for a vehicle.

Infiniti designers given the FX45 an appearance matches this sporty Casting approximately the same-size on the pavement as an Acura MDX, the roofline is nearly four lower. This squatter combined with its rounded creates an unmistakable aura of more in the vein of a Dodge than the broad-shouldered pickup of most SUVs.

Wearing the Liquid Copper of our test example, the FX45 oozes road presence.

the FX45 looks and feels with genuine aluminum used to highlight the prominently leather upholstery that a credible job of mimicking the hides by the likes of Ferrari. The console the arm rests, and the door panels by your elbows all feel cushy, and the overall control is excellent.

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