2009 Infiniti FX35

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2009 Infiniti FX35 Review

Technological advance meets sport appeal.

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Overview

The 2009 Infiniti FX35 joins the five-year-old Infiniti family. Classified as a midsize luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV), the 2009 Infiniti FX35 has a sleek look with a sporty edge.

The 2009 Infiniti FX35 differs from other SUVs in the Infiniti family because of its sleek style and the advanced technology it promotes. Safety and style are at its core, making the FX35 a true crossover SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti FX35 Base

What's New

Technology marks the main difference in the 2009 Infiniti FX35. It has many advances in technology, including Distance Control Assist (DCA), which can actually brake in high traffic automatically. The 2009 Infiniti FX35 also has an Intelligent Break Assist (IBA) system, which can brake the car to a complete stop before resuming to a preset speed. Music lovers will also be impressed by the music storage capabilities of this technologically advanced Infiniti, and the preset cameras allow for safer driving.

The 2009 Infiniti FX35 differs from its 2008 counterpart in its engine capability. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine boasts an extra 28 horsepower. The new seven-speed automatic transmission transfers power to an all-wheel drive or a rear drive powertrain. In this way the 2009 Infiniti FX35 has improved capability and speed with the same overall look as its previous generation.

Exterior

The redesigned 2009 Infiniti FX35 features a longer nose, a restyled grille, and chrome-plated side vents. Eighteen-inch alloy wheels with chrome detail, a power liftgate, and rear and front windshield wipers all come on the basic model. The 2009 Infiniti FX35 also has xenon headlights for increased visibility.

Interior

The interior of the 2009 Infiniti FX35 accommodates five passengers relatively well. The front legroom area shows a slight increase in size compared with previous models. The rear passenger legroom shrinks, however. The cargo area of the 2009 Infiniti FX35 has also seen a decrease in area and cubic feet. This problem proves consistent throughout the 2009 Infiniti family, and even the more luxurious members do not see a large improvement in this area. Despite these drawbacks, the interior does offer luxury options including leather upholstery, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a Bose audio system with a six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack, and satellite radio.

Performance & Handling

The on-road handling of the 2009 Infiniti FX35 is very athletic. Because of the V-6 engine and seven-speed automatic it responds quickly, resembling a sedan more than an SUV. Braking remains an issue with the 2009 Infiniti FX35, similar to other members of the Infiniti family. The performance improves from past years because of the double-wishbone suspension, which allows the body roll to remain low.

Safety

One of the most exciting additions to the 2009 Infiniti FX35 is the new brake system. With automatic braking during traffic and when in close proximity to other vehicles, this vehicle clearly sees safety as a priority. New sleek and well-hidden cameras allow for better visibility. More advanced features may be available but at a higher price than the basic package.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti FX35: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sleek exterior design
  • Safety features
  • Advanced braking systems

You Won't Like

  • Crowded rear seating
  • Small interior cargo area
  • Price increase with technology upgrades

Sum Up

Technological advance meets sport appeal.

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