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2006 Infiniti FX35 Review
Carlike handling and super capabilities.
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Crossover SUVs long filled the gap between those wanting a car with a high performance engine and those that have a practical mindset. Most crossover SUVs bridge the gap between desire and need. Then the Infiniti FX35 comes along. This vehicle gives some of the practicality of the crossover but puts performance and style above practicality. The big V-6 engine and funky exterior styling puts this crossover in a different class altogether. The Infiniti is an all-weather thrill fest and on-road monster.
The Infiniti FX35 shares the same platform as the Infiniti G35. The FX35 has independent four-wheel suspension that is built for the road. If you are looking for a vehicle that can handle itself off-road, the FX35 isn’t for you. Unlike sturdier SUVs, the FX35 lacks a transfer case for off-road action. The FX35 is actually built more like a sports car: the 18-inch back wheels lift the back end so the SUV hugs the pavement.
The interior is quite spacious for passengers, although the slick design does cut out some of the expected cargo space. The interior is also chock-full of standard features.
While this isn’t the most practical SUV on the market, it makes up the difference with unique styling and an exciting ride.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6 engine
Transmissions: Five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, four-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti FX35
The 2006 Infiniti FX35 received an exterior remodeling that improves the overall look. The grille and wheel was redesigned. New features include a rearview mirror instrument monitor, 300-watt Bose Audio system, power and telescoping steering wheel, and power accessories. The center console redesign is a nice touch, as well as the mechanical updates such as the revised suspension and the electroluminescent gauges. Standard leather seating, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and the eight-way passenger’s seat are also a plus.
The exterior is one of the most compelling features of the Infiniti X35. Squat and compact, the X35 hugs the pavement like a roadster. The snub nose and curved hatchback makes this SUV look more like a car than a crossover.
Standard exterior features include aluminum wheels and HID headlights. Optional features include a sunroof, and auto headlights.
The interior of the Infiniti X35 is spacious for passengers, seating up to five. There is plenty of legroom, shoulder room, and headroom, although the sloping roof does cut down on headspace in the back of the vehicle. It is easy for all passengers to get in and out of. The X35 does lack the third row seating expected from SUVs, but this isn’t your standard fare crossover anyway. Leather upholstery is standard, but the rest of the interior feels sporty. Unfortunately, there are several blind spots due to the design of the X35, but a rearview monitor provides you extra safety while backing up. There is 65 feet cubic cargo space.
Standard features on the X35 include the aforementioned leather interior, 10-way power driver-seat adjustments, eight-way passenger-seat adjustments, dual-climate control, six-disc CD changer, and a telescoping tilt steering wheel.
Extra options include a rear DVD entertainment system, keyless entry, radar-based cruise control, and an optional tire pressure monitoring system.
Performance & Handling
The FX35 comes in rear or all-wheel drive. Both drive models use a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 280 horsepower. The engine is controlled using a five-speed automatic transmission that also includes a manual shift mode for consumers wanting more control over their drive.
The offset tires size and independent suspension gives the X35 a smooth, car-like ride that can’t be compared to other SUV models. The steering is quick and body roll is kept to a minimum during fast turns. Driving at speed, you’ll find the controls slightly less responsive than the competition, but most drivers won’t notice the difference. Fuel performance isn’t great, but it isn’t the worst either.
The FX35 comes chock-full of safety features. Standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes, BrakeAssist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, front seat side-impact airbags, front and rear side curtain airbags, traction control, and stability control. Optional is a Lane Departure Warning System (LDW) that sends a signal to the driver when a drifting lane change occurs. Both the independent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Infiniti X35 top marks for safety in both front and side impacts.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Stand apart styling
- Car-like handling
- Lots of standard features
- V-6 engine is powerful
You Won't Like
- Small cargo area
- Blind spots galore
- Some cheap parts
- Limited seating area
Carlike handling and super capabilities.
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