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Infiniti FX35 Review: In its second year after a major redesign, the FX35 model offers you lots and lots of, well, everything. This tall wagon / crossover piles on the luxury, safety, and high tech features, while treating you to true comfort and upscale aesthetics.


Infiniti vehicles celebrate enthusiastic design. The restyling of the 2009 FX series last year retained the compact greenhouse but added some dramatic new lower body styling. The face features a mouth that, with its twisted, black chrome bars, looks about ready to consume the car in front of it while its eyes stare intensely ahead at its prey.


A silvery functional scoop behind the front wheels adds engine cooling. The taillamps, etched into the body, extend out from it too, helping reduce the coefficient of drag. This is no wallflower, and looks like no other crossover on the road. Inside are swirls of leather and real maple trim on the dash, doors and console.


My testerís optional quilted leather seats were especially inviting. I enjoyed the hidden USB port for my iPod, which let me cruise through my thousands of stored songs as easily as selecting a radio station. And the sound from the 11-speaker premium Bose system, with not one, but two, subwoofers, was crystalline and sublime. Sometimes it was hard to leave the car when I got home.


The dash-mounted seven-inch display was especially easy to use and let me view my musical information in the top half and my fuel economy on the bottom, or a map anytime, in rich colors. Thatís a pretty nice touch.


The FX comes in three forms: The FX50 AWD (all-wheel drive) with its 390-horsepower 5.0-liter V8, the FX35 AWD and the FX35 RWD (rear-wheel drive). The FX35s have a 303-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 under their curvaceous hoods. My Midnight Mocha test car was a FX35 RWD, but, with nearly $11,000 worth of options, it was fully loaded.


The FX35 gets EPA fuel economy ratings of 16 City, 23 Highway. All-wheel-drive models get 16 and 21. I averaged 18.1 mpg. The Green Vehicle Guide numbers are 6 for Air Pollution and 4 for Greenhouse Gas.


The FX appears to be aimed at successful folks who are old enough to be making good money, but young enough to appreciate high technology. The Technology Package on my car added numerous features that made beeping sounds, warning me of lane departures (even ones where I didnít actually depart) and impending crashes (closing in on the car in front in a way that the system thought was too quickly).


Thereís also Intelligent Cruise Control, which helps you keep a safe distance from the car in front of you automatically, and Distance Control Assist, which does it when youíre not in cruise control mode. If your footís not on the gas, it will actually brake for you, to keep you safe.


Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning adds more electronic nannies. While welcome from a safety standpoint, I begin to wonder if this car is designed with the assumption that I will be (illegally) using my cell phone, doing my work, or perhaps finishing my personal grooming on my commute. Itís really halfway to autopilot.


That said, driving the car is a real pleasure. The 303-horsepower engine sings as it pulls the two-ton wagon along the road. Steering input through the leather-wrapped wheel is sufficient to make you feel like youíre controlling the car. Iíd rather participate in driving than worry about the activities mentioned in the previous paragraph. I only wish I spent more time with the FX on country roads than on major freeways.


Besides the Technology Package, my tester featured the Deluxe Touring Package, which contributed 20-inch alloy wheels (the standards are 18ís), those lovely maple trim accents, aluminum pedals and a cargo cover.


The Navigation Package provided a full-featured system that was not only intuitive to use, but gave clear graphics and a natural-voiced narrator. You could hear the switch from the standard messages to the specific street names, however, and not every location was perfectly pronounced.

Maybe someday they will get that figured out.


One really cool feature of the Navigation Package is the Around View Monitor (AVM). It uses four small super wide-angle cameras mounted on the front, side and rear of the car to provide a virtual 360į view of objects around the car. Advanced image processing combines the images from the cameras to provide a birds-eye view, and very helpful when youíre maneuvering the FX in tight spaces.


The FX starts at $43,515 for the model like mine, minus the packages. My test car came to $54,076. The FX50, which includes the three packagesí contents as standard equipment, starts at $59,805. All prices include shipping. Thereís little you canít have and enjoy with this car. Load it up with features, and your stuff, and go have some fun.

By Steve Schaefer © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco


The Bottom Line: The new 2010 Infinity FX35 is one of the nicest crossover vehicles on the market today. With a base price of around $44,000 it comes with everything you need for a nice, pleasant, upscale ride with several option packages that can put the vehicle into the high tech arena, and the price into the $60K range. You can order the FX35 anyway you want, with the options you want, for the price you want, and thatís a good thing.

Bottom Line Review provided by: Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net


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