I really enjoyed test-driving the new 2011 Infiniti FX50! I am not sure what it is, but it’s a nice one! Some say it is a sports car with a SUV body and I cannot argue with that, it is unique in just about every way.
My test vehicle has the standard 5.0 liter V8 that puts out 390 horses. That much horsepower is very unusual in a Crossover SUV. Acceleration is swift and sure and very reminiscent of the vehicle the FX is based on, the Infiniti G37. The 2011 Infiniti FX50 comes standard as all-wheel drive and with a 7-speed automatic transmission.
The Silver one I have has the Sport AND the Technology packages. The Sport package adds tinted headlights, side air vents, lower side trim, active rear steering, adaptive two-mode suspension dampers, paddle shifters and sport front seats. The Technology package includes adaptive front headlights, a lane-departure warning and prevention system, adaptive cruise control, intelligent brake assist and rain-sensing front wipers.
Make no mistake, besides being a very quick SUV, the FX is also a luxury SUV and that is evident the minute you open the door. The leather seats and dashboard are striking and the carpet is as plush as you have ever seen.
For me, Infiniti has always been on the cutting edge of technology. I recall some years ago declaring the Infiniti navigation system to be one of the best in the industry, that is still true today. It was an Infiniti that I was driving the first time I experienced lane departure warnings, telling me I ventured outside the white lines without signaling. The FX has this feature and makes you realize how many times you don’t signal a lane change.
Talk about incredible! The Infiniti adaptive cruise control is nothing short of phenomenal. On the day of this writing, I got on LBJ Freeway at 5 PM in Carrollton, and drove all the way to Garland and never touched the brake or gas pedal. And yes, it was stop and go. The old system would cut off when you got to slow speeds, but not this new system. It stops and starts as needed and it is flawless! It makes driving a total no-brainer. Even without the cruise set, the vehicle will stop itself if a crash is imminent.
The list of standard features and safety features goes on and on, but suffice to say, the FX50 comes very loaded. The Sport package I have even has 21” wheels that as you know, I am a huge fan of.
The one drawback to the FX is its lack of cargo room, especially with the second row seating up. If you need a lot of cargo space, this may not be the SUV for you. But if you want a tight, fast, sports car dressed up like an SUV, the FX is for you!
What I liked most: The bold looks and aggressive styling.
What I’d change if I could: Give it a little more cargo area.
Price as tested: MSRP $65000 completely loaded.
Fuel economy: 14 City/20 Highway but remember, it’s FAST!
FX50 in a few words: It’s a wolf in wolf clothing!