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2004 Infiniti FX35

  • 2004 Infiniti FX35 Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      280/270
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $34,550
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2004 Infiniti FX35 Review

A stylish combination of function and form with carlike handling.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2004 Infiniti FX35 is a luxury crossover SUV with a difference and was introduced to the market in 2003. As a luxury division of Nissan, the idea behind the FX35 was to produce a car, which gave the flexibility of an SUV combined with the performance of a sports car. Unlike most cars in its class, this isn't really meant for transporting the kids around or for going camping on the weekends. Most SUVs can trace their roots back to minivans, trucks, or sedans. In comparison, its roots lie in the Nissans Z sports car. It's a stylish and head-turning luxury car with the emphasis very firmly on sport rather than utility. Unlike a lot of SUVs you don't need a stepladder to get in.

The 2004 Infiniti FX35 is known for having numerous luxury features fitted as standard, making it a delight to drive. In fact, it handles very much like a car, but its engine provides more than enough power for what is really quite a large and heavy vehicle. It's a very distinctive-looking vehicle, and although most people like its styling it might not appeal to everyone's tastes. It's not a great car for taking offroad a lot, and it is known for having a lack of cargo space in comparison with its competitors. In comparison, a lot of smaller models offer considerably more space. It's the perfect choice for anyone who is more concerned about luxury than function. As it is a Nissan underneath, it's a very reliable and well-made vehicle, which should give thousands of miles of trouble-free driving.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti FX35

What's New

The 2004 Infiniti FX35 obtains suspension revisions, power seats, and air filtration. New optional features include chrome-plated wheels and snow mode for additional traction in icy conditions.

Exterior

The 2004 Infiniti FX35 is an extremely good-looking car, and the styling looks much more distinctive than most SUVs, especially as it sits on a relatively long wheelbase of 112.2 inches. It measures 189.1 inches long and 65 inches tall, with a ground clearance of 7.6 inches. It comes with alloy wheels and 18-inch tires, although 20-inch tires are available as an optional extra.

Interior

The 2004 Infiniti FX35 is very luxurious and designed to fit five people, although whoever sits in the middle of the back seat will find it uncomfortable over longer journeys as it feels rather on the firm side. The back seat splits 60/40 and folds flat rather easily. With the back seat up, cargo volume totals just 27.4 cubic feet, but with the seats folded flat it expands to 64.5 cubic feet. All models come with leather seating with automatic dual-zone climate control, and heated seats in the front ensure both the driver and passenger stay warm and comfortable. In fact, the front seats remain extremely comfortable and supportive, even over longer journeys.

The 2004 Infiniti FX35's optional extras include an 11-speaker, 300-watt Bose audio system, and a technology package includes a rearview monitor, intelligent cruise control, and a DVD-based 3-D navigation system. A DVD entertainment system for rear-seat passengers is optional as well. The cockpit is designed to wrap around the driver, ensuring all the controls sit within easy reach, and everything is intuitively located. The steering wheel and gauges can be moved up and down, and the pedals are made out of drilled metal. Aluminum accents highlight features within the cabin.

Performance & Handling

The 2004 Infiniti FX35 is powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine capable of producing 280 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, and it uses a five-speed automatic transmission. It's a beautiful car to drive and hugs the road very much in the same way as Nissan sports cars, and it can handle the steepest gradient and curves with ease. Its steering feels extremely responsive, and the suspension ensures passengers have a comfortable ride as it manages to absorb the majority of bumps and lumps in the road. Its acceleration is admirable, especially for such a large car, and there really is no need to choose something with a larger engine which would be even thirstier. It handles very well in the wet and dry conditions and can even cope with rough weather. It makes the perfect choice for anyone who wants a sport utility vehicle, but who doesn't want something with enormous cargo space. Above all, it's a lot of fun to drive, and as it's basically a Nissan, it doesn't cost a fortune to service.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2004 Infiniti FX35 include roof-mounted side-curtain airbags, vehicle dynamic control, anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, and electronic brakeforce distribution. It scores very highly on crash tests as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti FX35: 15/21 mpg city/ highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful V-6
  • Numerous standard features
  • Spacious interior
  • Carlike reflexes
  • Dynamic styling

You Won't Like

  • Styling may not please all
  • Minimal cargo room
  • No true off-road capability

Sum Up

A stylish combination of function and form with carlike handling.

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