2009 Infiniti FX50

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2009 Infiniti FX50 Review

A luxury feel and sedan-like handling ideal for new SUV drivers.

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Overview

The 2009 Infiniti FX50 brings power to the luxury crossover SUV. With a sturdy base and a pearly finish the Infiniti FX50 moves beyond previous years’ models in both safety and style. Though not the best SUV in its generation or class, it is a safe and reliable SUV that drives more like a sedan than a midsize SUV.

The 2009 Infiniti FX50 Base model replaces the discontinued Infiniti FX45. While it comes in only one model, optional Sport and Technology packages provide additional options.

The Range

Body styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic
Models: basic

What's New

The body of the 2009 Infiniti FX50 focuses on sturdiness. Its greater emphasis on structural support outpaces the 2009 Infiniti EX35 and the 2009 Infiniti FX35 models. The V-8 engine provides an upgrade from the 2008 Infiniti FX50 that offers more on-road power. The exterior and interior of the 2009 model have been completely restyled. With the Technology Package, the 2009 model offers many advanced options, including a lane departure warning system, adaptive cruise control, Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA), and rain-sensing front windshield wipers.

Exterior

The 2009 Infiniti FX50 classifies as a standard midsize crossover SUV with luxury flare. It comes standard with 21-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, and a power liftgate. The Sport Package adds adaptive headlights and rain-sensing front wipers. These prove a great addition for travelers but can come at a steep price.

Interior

The 2009 Infiniti FX50 has a comfortable cabin with chrome and brushed-metal accents and hand-stained maple wood trim for a luxury touch. An 11-speaker Bose audio system with a CD/mp3 player, satellite radio, Bluetooth, iPod integration, and digital storage capability comes standard in all 2009 models. This, along with a host of optional entertainment features, allows passengers ample entertainment on long rides. Unfortunately, legroom and storage capacity show reduction from the 2008 model.

Performance & Handling

Unlike previous models, the 2009 Infiniti FX50 features a five-liter V-8 engine. The new engine provides 300 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. This model also employs a seven-speed automatic transmission that includes a manual shift. With the extra power it gets better speed and performance on the road. Still though, the luxury crossover SUV is better known for handling like a sedan rather than an SUV, which is great for those transitioning from one style to another.

Safety

As with other members of the Infiniti family, the 2009 Infiniti FX50 comes equipped with anti-lock brakes and brake assist. Traction and stability control also come standard in the 2009 Infiniti FX50. Front-seat-mounted side airbags as well as full-length side curtain airbags provide passenger protection. This year’s model also includes lane departure warning and IBA upgrades, which help the car recognize lane drifting and prevent collisions.

The FX earned five out of five stars in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, as well as the highest rating of ""Good"" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) frontal-offset tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti FX50 Basic: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Increased engine power
  • Sturdy base structure
  • Sedan-like control

You Won't Like

  • Diminished cargo room
  • Lack of options
  • Price

Sum Up

A luxury feel and sedan-like handling ideal for new SUV drivers.

If You Like This Vehicle

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  • Infiniti EX35
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