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2011 Infiniti FX35

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2011 Infiniti FX35 Review

In looks and drivability it does not disappoint.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

Whether cruising down the highway or standing still in the driveway, the 2011 Infiniti FX35 is a commanding sight. With an emphasis on the ?sport? in ?sport utility? the 2011 Infiniti FX35 delivers a carlike ride and smooth handling. Under the hood you have your choice of a 390-horsepower, five-liter, 32-valve, DOHC V-8 or a 303-horsepower, 3.5-liter, 24-valve, DOHC V-6 engine. Both choices couple with a standard seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC).

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic
Models: Infiniti FX35 AWD, Infiniti FX35 RWD, Infiniti FX50 AWD

What's New

Other than a few small cosmetic changes and packaging changes, the 2011 Infiniti FX remains pretty much the same. 2011 offers enhancements, which include a standard power rear liftgate; the previous Navigation Package has been added to the Premium Package on the FX35 which comes standard on the FX50; a new Deluxe Touring Package for the FX50 includes maple interior accents and 21-inch wheels. Infiniti also offers a new exterior color, Malbec Black.

Exterior

To say the 2011 Infiniti FX35 features sporty styling is an understatement. The FX35 features a look that has performance written all over it from its underpinnings to its long hood, to the distinctive side air vents, located behind the front wheels. They allow air to flow through the engine compartment and out the side of the vehicle which reduces front end lift. The look also features the signature Infiniti double-arch front grille, fog lamps, and xenon headlights. The FX35 comes in a palette of eight exterior colors: Malbec Black, Umbria Twilight, Liquid Platinum, Platinum Graphite, Blue Slate, Black Obsidian, Midnight Mocha, and Moonlight White.

Interior

The 2011 Infiniti FX35 doesn't disappoint with its interior styling either. Open the door and sit down to your cockpit command center. Leather-appointed front seats give the driver 10-way adjustment and the passenger eight-way side power adjustment, can upgrade with heating and cooling for maximum comfort. The command center styling features Infiniti's signature double-wave instrument panel. Creature comforts include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual front and rear cup holders, four 12-volt power outlets, power windows, and power door locks. Infiniti offers three interior color schemes to choose from: Wheat, Graphite, and Java.

Standard equipment includes the advanced Bose® Premium Audio system, engineered to optimize sound inside the FX. It consists of 11 speakers, an AM/FM/CD player audio system, a 2.0GB Music Box®, and a USB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices. Other standard equipment includes XM® Satellite Radio (subscription required). Audio controls sit on the steering wheel for the driver’s convenience.

Performance & Handling

The 2011 Infiniti FX35 contains a 303-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6, providing 252 lb-ft of torque, while the FX50 draws power from a 390-horsepower, five-liter V-8 that generates 369 lb-ft of torque. Both couple with a responsive seven-speed automatic with manual shift control. Acceleration causes no problem for either model with zero to 60-mph acceleration taking only 6.6 seconds for the FX35 and 5.5 seconds for the FX50.

The Infiniti FX35's low center of gravity contributes to its road-hugging confidence whether driving down the highway or up a twisting mountain road. Expect smooth, strong braking and tight, direct steering.

Safety

No disappointments in this category for the 2011 Infiniti FX35 either. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards its highest rating of ?good? for frontal-offset impact protection. Brake testing shows the FX35 stops in 114 feet from 60 mph and only 117 feet for the FX50.

Standard safety features include anti-lock disk brakes with brake assist, front-seat side-mounted airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, traction control, and stability control. Options include a lane-departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, and intelligent brake assist.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti FX35 AWD: 16/21 mpg city/highway
Infiniti FX35 RWD: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Infiniti FX50 AWD: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sporty exterior looks
  • Command center interior styling
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Limited storage area
  • Cramped seating for larger passengers in rear
  • Gas mileage

Sum Up

In looks and drivability it does not disappoint.

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