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2005 Infiniti FX35

  • 2005 Infiniti FX35 Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      280/270
    • ENGINE
      3.5L V6
    • MSRP
      $35,100
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2005 Infiniti FX35 Review

Somewhat overpriced but a strongly-built vehicle that drives and handles like a sports car.

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Overview

The 2005 Infiniti FX35 is a midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) crossover manufactured under Infiniti luxury vehicle brand by Japanese automaker, Nissan Motors Company. Based on the Nissan FM platform, the first generation Infiniti FX35 was introduced in 2003. The FX35 model is available in two drive trains, all-wheel drive, and rear-wheel drive.

Infiniti has equipped the FX35 with generous list of safety, comfort, and convenience features. Majority of the features are standard. The company expects it will give the FX35 a standing ground in the overcrowded segment of SUVs.

The Range

Body Styles: five-door SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: five-speed automatic transmission with manual mode
Models: Infiniti FX35 Base model

What's New

Infiniti has not introduced any significant changes in the FX35 since its debut in 2003. Some of the new additions that are standard include roof-mounted side-curtain airbags with rollover protection, intelligent cruise control system, lane departure system, and a new intelligent key.

Exterior

The styling of FX35 is bolder than other SUVs in the market. It has a relatively long wheelbase, wider stance, and a long hood. The tapered back end gives the car a unique and distinctive look.

Built on a 112.2-inch wheelbase, the FX35 stands 65 inches tall and measures 189.1 inches long overall. The ground clearance of FX35 is around 7.6 inches. The 2005 Infiniti FX35 features 18-inch tires while 20-inch tires are offered optional. Equipped with long doors, the overall look of Infiniti FX35 is muscular that gives a clear impression of a sports car. The distinctive overall look of 2005 Infiniti FX35 is bound to attract attention.

Interior

The interior of FX35 is roomy for four occupants. The cabin of FX35 is plush with varied comfort features that include dual zone climate controls for driver and passenger, front and rear floor mats, elctrochromatic inside rearview mirror, dual illuminating vanity mirror, cargo area light, and several other features.

Infiniti has intelligently used a combination of alloy and leather in the FX35 interior. The 2005 Infiniti FX35 features alloy and leather trim on doors and center console, leather steering wheel, and leather trim on shift knob. The cargo volume of FX35 is 27.4 cubic feet that can be expanded to 64.5 cubic feet by folding the rear seats.

The SUV features AM/FM in-dash six CD player stereo with six speakers. The swoopy roofline of the FX35 cuts down the space in the rear. The FX35 also offers generous storage options to stash the driver's items while travelling. Storage space in the front and overhead consoles, front and rear cup holders, and door packets are some of the storage options included in FX35.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Infiniti FX35 is equipped with a powerful, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine generating 280 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is quite responsive and the handling experience affirms the company’s claim of FX35 being a near-sports car. The FX35 has a tenacious grip on the road that allows consumers to drive it comfortably even through demanding mountain curves.

The suspension comfortably absorbs majority of the shocks of the rough terrain and successfully renders a comfortable and satisfying ride. The wider turning circle of 38.7 feet can be a problem when parking the FX35 in tight spaces. Despite some drawbacks, the overall driving experience of 2005 Infiniti FX35 is a pleasurable

Safety

The 2005 Infiniti FX35 is equipped with a generous list of safety features that include four-wheel anti-lock braking system, dual front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, anti-theft alarm system, two front and three rear headrests, emergency braking assist, stability and traction control, front seatbelt pretensioners, electronic brake force distribution, and many more other safety features.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti FX35: 15/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Room interior that is spacious for four passengers
  • Powerful V-6 engine
  • Standout styling
  • Steering and handling
  • Long list of standard features

You Won't Like

  • Large blind spots
  • Minimal cargo room
  • No upscale feeling
  • Third-row seat not available
  • Tricky at-the-limit handling

Sum Up

Somewhat overpriced but a strongly-built vehicle that drives and handles like a sports car.

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