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2012 Infiniti FX35

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2012 Infiniti FX35 Review

Heavy on the sport, light on the utility

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview
Infiniti's FX35 crossover is a combination of luxury and performance but continues to lack in utility, as is the case of models from years past. While Infiniti claims there's room for five people and four full-size golf bags in the back it may be a little tighter than expected. With 62.0 cubic feet, other competitors in the segment have more space too offer. However what the FX35 lacks in utility it makes up for it in styling and speed.

The elongated wheelbase is covered in arching sheet metal and ride on 18-, 20-, and 21-inch alloy wheels. The exterior styling creates attention and the new addition of the Limited Edition with its tinted accents will only bolster that. Motivating the FX35 is a 3.5-liter V-6 driving either the rear or all four wheels.

Entering its fourth year, the second-generation FX35 uses a seven-speed gearbox and utilizes multi-link suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Available options include all-wheel drive, Rear Active Steer, and Around View Monitor.

The Range

Bodystyle: SUV
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmission: seven-speed automatic
Model: FX35 AWD, FX35 RWD, FX Limited Edition

What's New

A redesigned front grille, instrument cluster lighting, and heated seats coming standard are new for 2012. The Limited Edition FX35 all-wheel-drive model also makes its debut for 2012. A new exterior color, Graphite Shadow, replaces Platinum Graphite and a new 20-inch wheel debuts on the FX35 Deluxe Touring Package.

Exterior

A long hood stretches across the front of the FX35 to cover a longer wheelbase and is accented with short front and rear overhangs. Side air vents peek out from behind the front wheel arches and the front end received a facelift with inspiration courtesy of the Essence Concept. High intensity discharge headlights cut a path in front of the FX at night and LED taillights alert drivers behind you when to brake. An integrated spoiler tops off a slicked-back roofline and dual exhaust tips poke out from underneath the rear bumper.

The new Limited Edition comes exclusively in Iridium Blue and rides on 21-inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels. Tinted headlights, side air vents, and lower door trim accent the exterior of the Limited Edition. Other features include aluminum roof rails and foot pedals, Infiniti's Hard Drive Navigation system, and Around View Monitor.

Interior

Leather front seats are available with a heating and cooling function with the heated function now standard on all FX models. The driver's sport seat has power-adjustable side bolsters and a manual thigh extension. Technology lines the interior and is the centerpiece of Infiniti's double-wave instrument panel. A brighter white light backs the instrument cluster and is a new addition to the FX for 2012. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual front and rear cupholders, four 12-volt power outlets and power windows and locks are also standard.

Performance & Handling

The 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 303 horsepower and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Control. All-wheel drive is available, and standard on the FX35 Limited Edition. A multi-link rear suspension combines with Infiniti's Continuous Damping Control and Rear Active Steer to keep the road noise down and the FX35 in the intended direction. Other available features are Intelligent Brake Assist, Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Departure Prevention.

Safety

The FX35 comes with safety features such as dual-stage front supplemental air bags with occupant classification and seat belt sensors. Seat-mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side air bags are also standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

NOT YET RATED

You'll Like

  • Robust engine
  • Interior

You Won't Like

  • Stiff ride
  • Cramped interior

Sum Up

Heavy on the sport, light on the utility

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