Test Drive: 2003 Infiniti FX45 – Autos.ca

28 Mar 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Test Drive: 2003 Infiniti FX45 – Autos.ca

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The Infiniti is one of a growing number of high-performance #8216;crossover#8217; SUVs which now the BMW X5 4.4i and 4.6is, Mercedes-Benz Porsche Cayenne S, VW Touareg V8, and XC90 T6.

To the usual SUV attributes of high ground clearance, a interior and a flexible cargo high-performance crossovers add more improved handling, more styling, and additional luxury Prices for V8-powered examples in price between $60,000 and

The new 2003 Infiniti FX45 is as an #8220;SUV for people who really a sports car#8221;. In fact, the general idea behind all hot-rod SUVs: they to combine the performance of a low slung with the practicality of wagon-like vehicle.

Of course, this is

SUV characteristics, such as a higher clearance and taller body mean a higher centre of and thus more body and worse handling. A heavier weight takes its toll in braking and fuel consumption. sports car attributes like tires and sporty styling from the purely functional of a four-wheel-drive utility vehicle.

So what we have here is a #8211; but a surprisingly good

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Based on the same as the Infiniti G35 sedan and coupe but additional structural reinforcements for use, the new FX is available in two models, the ($52,500) with a 280 horsepower 3.5 V6, and the FX45 ($59,900) with a 315 4.5 litre V8 #8211; the same used in the Q45 sedan but with 25 horsepower. A 5-speed automatic with manual shift is standard.

The FX45 has a fairly long (2850 mm/112.2 in.) and a wide track which its overall longitudinal and lateral As well, the front and rear are quite short. Its front/rear balance of 54/46 is close to the balance of 50/50.

Infiniti FX35

A sophisticated system car vary the engine#8217;s from 0:100 front/rear to front/rear. As well, the driver can the AWD system in 50:50 for maximum Traction control and Vehicle Control, which adjusts pressure and throttle input to oversteer or understeer, is standard on the

A four wheel independent (front struts/rear multi-link) and diameter stabilizer bars are Ventilated disc brakes emergency Brake Assist and Brake Force Distribution are standard. Huge 265/50R-20 all-season tires are also on V8-powered FX45s.

The FX45#8242;s price is $59,900, and my test had the optional $7,500 High Package which includes a system, DVD rear entertainment intelligent cruise control, start, rearview monitor, pressure monitoring system. Freight and PDI, my test came to $68,669.


The FX45 is certainly one of the distinctive SUVs out there. Its 20 inch tires and wheels dominate the side view of the particularly as the FX45 has such front and rear overhangs. As the FX45 has narrow …-like and rear light clusters, an front grille design, and rounded corner.

It#8217;s a design that really out #8211; that is, if you don#8217;t standing out everywhere you go..

One thing about its design problems for the rear passengers. The door openings are not as large as the doors because of the intrusion of the rear wheelwell into the compartment. This makes it inconvenient to get into the rear although not difficult.


The interior, though less than the exterior, is quite and very well finished. My vehicle had unique copper-coloured upholstery (which Infiniti #8220;brick#8221;)which matches its unique colour.

Infiniti FX35
Infiniti FX35
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