The 2007 Infiniti FX45 is a unique SUV, touted as a mix between a sports car and a premium SUV. After a refresh last year, the FX45 showed that it has the finesse to be a real contender in the flooded SUV market. A slew of new features and a funky design make this vehicle very appealing.
The FX45 makes up for its limited cargo capacity by providing the driver with lots of fun on the open road, due to its powerful engine and nimble handling. If you can get past the vehicle’s limitations, you’ll likely find that this is one of the best SUVs on the market.
Body Styles: midsize crossover SUV
Engines: 4.5-liter V-8 engine
Transmissions: Five-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode
Models: Infiniti FX45
Infiniti redesigned the FX45 in 2007, adding power-folding mirrors, a seatbelt reminder, and an optional iPod connectivity feature.
The 2007 Infiniti FX45 exterior differs slightly from your standard SUV. The edges are very curved, as is the roofline. This design is attractive, but the curvature of the roof does cause some problems with headroom for taller passengers riding in the back seat. Standard features on the 2007 Infiniti FX45 include 20-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, Xenon headlights, and a moon roof. Optional features include run-flat tires, radar-based cruise control, and a lane-departure warning system.
The interior of the 2007 Infiniti FX45 is more sporty than luxurious, even with the leather upholstery. There is a lot of room for passengers, although the sloping roof does cause some issues with headroom for rear passengers. The buttons and dials on the console are well designed, but some of the icons are a bit confusing and hard to use when driving, unless you’re 100 percent familiar with the layout. The analogue clock, which is a very handsome feature, is a bit hidden from view by the gear selector. Due to the curving roof design, visibility is also poor, but the additional rear-view camera makes up for any blind spots. Cargo space is also limited due to the design, coming in at 65 cubic feet.
Standard features include leather seating, power-adjustable front seats, a power-telescoping front wheel, a rear-view monitor, dual-zone climate control, keyless start, full power accessories, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 300-watt Bose audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer. Optional features include a navigation system, satellite radio, a rear DVD entertainment system, and other small items.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Infiniti FX45 comes equipped with a 4.5-liter, V-8 engine that produces 320 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The vehicle is only available in all-wheel drive (AWD). The engine is powerful enough to launch the FX45 from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.
The 2007 Infiniti FX45 is very agile on the pavement but lacks in off-road ability, yet most buyers are drawn to its sportiness anyway. The powerful, V-8 engine is very responsive and really moves, making the handling feel more like that of a sedan than a SUV. The steering is very quick to respond and gives a lot of feedback, which is especially thrilling when going into a corner at high speeds. The suspension is tuned so that there is minimal body roll when making quick maneuvers. All of these factors combine to make the FX45 one of the best rides in the SUV market. If you can get past the limitations of the interior, this is one exciting vehicle.
The 2007 Infiniti FX45 comes equipped with antilock brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, traction and stability control, and many other standard safety features. There is also an optional Lane Departure Warning System that alerts you when you’ve drifted out of your designated lane.
EPA Fuel Economy
2007 Infiniti FX45 Base: 13/17 mpg city/highway
- Sporty handling like a sedan
- Big V-8 engine
- Lots of legroom
- Lengthy standard feature list
You Won't Like
- Minimal cargo room
- Large blind spots
- Not as luxurious as the competition
- No third-row seating option
The 2007 Infiniti FX45 might not be the most luxurious vehicle on the market, but its sport handling and fun ride is more than enough to make up for any inadequacies.
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