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2008 Infiniti FX35 Review
Uniquely designed, sporty, and agile.
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Since 2003, Japanese auto-maker Infiniti has produced the mid-size luxury crossover FX35 SUV. Serving as a replacement for the QX4, the slightly larger Infiniti FX35 hit the market right around the same time as the Porsche Cayenne and Volvo XC90. In later years, the popularity of these stylish SUVs would spurn other auto-makers on to join the ranks with its unique trims: Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Acura RDX, and Audi Q7.
When Infiniti set out to design the FX series, the engineers were aiming for a look they termed ""cool fusion,"" which refers to subtly blending of an SUV’s lower body with the slick dashing upper body usually reserved for classic sports cars. Infiniti also sought to blur the line between sports car performance and SUV functionality with the release of its FX35, making it one of the first performance-oriented sport utility vehicles to hit the U.S. marketplace.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmission: five-speed shiftable automatic transmission
For its sixth year of production, the 2008 Infiniti FX35 adds a new exterior and interior color combination along with moving XM satellite radio from optional to standard.
In the words of Infiniti, the 2008 FX35 exterior is described as ""Bionic Cheetah."" With original and unique exterior styling at the time, the 2008 FX35 features a sculpted body that’s both taut and sleek, highlighted with a short hood, minimal rear overhang, and a dual-side appearance that’s big on door size and small on any unnecessary trims. The standard 18-inch wheels look enormous, especially given the FX35’s short 112-inches wheelbase and distinctive shape. Unfortunately, that shape presents some driver blind spots while infringing upon any hopes of providing substantial cargo space.
A common issue with SUVs is concerned with getting in and out of the vehicle as many sport utilities being positioned a bit high for comfortable access. Fortunately, the 2008 Infiniti FX35 doesn’t have this issue: the step-in height is low enough to make the transition as easy as can be, but the shorter rear-cabin doors pose a mild threat to the heads of taller folks. And because it’s technically more a sports car than a sedan, the FX35 is wanting in terms of interior space overall; the price a driver will pay for nimble, athletic handling. Cargo space is definitely below average, with the 2008 FX35 offering 65 cubic feet of room as compared to other SUVs in its range/class that offer at least 70 to 85 cubic feet. Fortunately, there are a slew of fun standard features offered that hopefully off-sets being slightly ""cramped:"" Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, heated rear seats, 11-speaker 300-watt Bose stereo system with CD/MP3 capabilities, and XM satellite radio.
Performance & Handling
Powered by a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that's good for 275 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque, the 2008 Infiniti FX35 feels and behaves like a prime athlete with a zero-to-60-mph rate of seven seconds flat. With a V-6 that’s married to a five-speed automatic transmission and a fully independent suspension that creates a near-ideal front-to-rear weight ratio, the 2008 FX35 is one of the year's hallmarks for firm road grip, quick steering, and minimal body roll.
The 2008 Infiniti FX35 comes standard with a host of safety features: anti-lock braking system, stability/traction control, front/rear/dual side mounted airbags, child seat anchors/rear door child-proof door locks, front/rear cabin height adjustable headrests with whiplash control, xenon HID headlamps, emergency brake assist, and a remote operated anti-theft alarm system.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Unique exterior design
- All-around strong engine performance
- Handles like a champ
- Ideal combination of sport and luxury
You Won't Like
- Poor visibility due to small cabin
- Minimal cargo room
- Small rear hatch opening
- Missing third row seats
- Shaky and stiff ride during high rpm
Uniquely designed, sporty, and agile.
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