2008 Infiniti FX45

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2008 Infiniti FX45 Review

A very nice SUV crossover with plenty of character.

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Overview

For the 2008 model year, Infiniti offered the FX45 for the sixth year. This luxury SUV has often been described as a sport sedan imitating a SUV. Precision, good looks, and unique features are among the top reasons this vehicle gained the popularity it has. Four adults can fit comfortably in the luxury-inspired cabin, though taller passengers may want to stick to sitting in the front seat. Strong safety features are another reason for its strong performance on sales floors.

Overall, the 2008 Infiniti FX45 offers a great driving experience with a well-designed and powerful powertrain. Acceleration, turns, and handling are all strong features of the FX45. With its reinforced chassis to help support it, the SUV offers stability in any driving circumstances. While not necessarily the best choice to take off road, the FX45 performs well on the paved roads.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize luxury SUV
Engines: 4.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic with manual shift mode
Models: Infiniti FX45

What's New

For the 2008 model year, a satellite radio was added as standard equipment.

Exterior

The one thing that can be said about the body design of the 2008 Infiniti FX45 is that it exudes style and class. The exterior of this SUV makes it clear that it is a luxury vehicle. The body style is sleek and sophisticated. This is an SUV meant to attract attention and will most likely not look out of place in any setting. The almost-sporty look and feel of the FX45 does limit the car’s cargo load space and rear seat room. For the style, the sacrifices may be worth it.

Interior

Luxury is the name of the game in the FX45. Infiniti made every attempt to create a rolling luxury compartment. Offered in only one well equipped trim level, the FX45 offers real wood trim and leather upholstery. The narrow rear windows can be a bit of a problem as they limit visibility somewhat. The SUVs body design also limits the cargo hold, and the sloping roof may make a back seat uncomfortable for taller passengers.

Inside the cabin, the 2008 FX45 also features a power sunroof, navigation system, and Bose audio system.

Performance & Handling

It’s important to take the good with the bad, and with the 2008 Infiniti FX45, there are issues to report. Overall, the SUV drives and performs well; however, some test drivers noted the ride quality is a bit stiff for those looking for a luxury SUV. The FX45 also has a tendency for its back end to slip when pushed to its limits. With the standard stability control activated, this tendency is rarely a problem.

With that out of the way, there are plenty of good things to say about how the FX45 handles and performs. This SUV has plenty of power and can go from zero to 60 mph in roughly 6.5 seconds. The strong V-8 engine is well matched with the five-speed automatic transmission and offers a smooth, powerful ride. The steering is highly responsive, and the tires and suspension system are more than up to the job of keeping the vehicle secure and stable under a variety of driving conditions.

Safety

Even in a luxury SUV, safety is important. Infiniti made good efforts to ensure the FX45 was up to expectation. It's equipped with several standard safety features. Front airbags along with side curtain airbags are standard as well as stability and traction control. Anti-lock brakes are, of course, a feature as well. A tire pressure monitor and rearview monitor are offered, too. The FX45 also comes with an option that alerts the driver if the SUV begins to move out of its current lane. In the auto industry’s safety evaluations, the FX45 received good marks.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti FX45: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Unique, distinctive body style
  • Good acceleration from V-8 engine
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Sport sedan like handling

You Won't Like

  • No third row seat
  • Small cargo capacity
  • Firm ride quality
  • Limited outward visibility

Sum Up

A very nice SUV crossover with plenty of character.

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