Infiniti calls the FX37 a crossover sport utility vehicle, but I am not really sure to be honest. It sort of looks like an SUV, but handles more like a sports car and it reminds me of a sports car when sitting behind the steering wheel.
My review vehicle is the 2013 Infiniti FX37 all-wheel drive version, and is the Limited Edition series. There was no big change in the body for 2013, the 2012 had a nice exterior refreshing. This is one of those vehicles that as soon as you see it, you know what it is from the arched roofline and aggressively-styled hood and fenders.
The big change for 2013 is under the hood. New for this year is the 3.7-liter V6 that is putting out 325-horses. It also has a smooth shifting 7-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually. This six-banger has an amazing amount of torque and power, I would have bet big bucks it was a V8.
The interior is very nice, although I find the dash layout to be slightly antiquated. Everything runs from an 8” color monitor mounted in the center above the center console, and operation of simple things like the radio can be confusing and causes you to think too hard. As with all Infinitis, the navigation and Blue tooth systems are top notch
Comfort and room is terrific for the front seat passengers, but that swooping roofline plays havoc for second row passengers that are over 5’8. Legroom in the back seat is limited too. The roofline and small rear glass give the FX somewhat poor visibility. Cargo room was shorted too with a high floor and a short ceiling.
This version comes with a lot of standard features like heated seats, HID headlights that adjust themselves, power moon roof, power lift gate, navigation system, push button start, and leather seats. It has a great Bose stereo and the best rearview camera system I have seen, giving you a 360-degree view of your surroundings.
Performance is strong, but we get back to that sports car feel when driving. Handling is awesome, Porsche-like actually, but many people will find the ride to be harsh. I think the perfect way to describe the ride is that it is “choppy” and you will feel every bump in the road. There are some people who will like that, I would prefer to have the option with a suspension setting like many of the SUVs today have.
I love the way this SUV looks, it has 21” graphite finish allow wheels that really set this Moonlight White colored SUV off. Besides the ride, I have some other issues with the vehicle. For the money, in my opinion this SUV should have air conditioned seats at minimum, and it does not have blind spot monitoring.
Bottom line, I give the FX37 a mixed review. Some things they did great, others are lacking, but one thing is for sure, it’s a head-turner.
What I liked most: Exterior looks and acceleration.
What I would change: Higher level of standard equipment, or lower price.
MSRP: $53,750 as equipped.
Fuel Economy: 16 City/22 Highway.
Warranty: 4 Year/60,000 mile bumper-to-bumper with roadside assistance and free loaner cars. 6 year/70,000 mile powertrain coverage.
2013 FX37 in a few words: Looks great, great performance.
Car Pro Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars.