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2011 Infiniti FX50 Review
A sporty yet luxurious ride.
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The 2011 Infiniti FX50 can be seen as a luxury car wrapped in a sporty package or a sports car wrapped in luxury SUV packaging. The debate could go on, but the bottom line is that this luxurious ride is full of sporty attitude, thanks to the 390-horsepower V-8 under the hood. The FX50 is a fun drive and is well-equipped from engine to interior to safety features.
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic transmission
Models: FX50 Base
Infiniti must have realized that all that was missing from the FX50, according to owners of previous models, was a power liftgate. It has since been corrected. The wheels are reduced to 20 inches for 2011, although the 21-inch wheels are still available as an option in the Deluxe Touring package. The interior trim is changed to a sleek, new, black lacquer. A new exterior color, Malbec Black, is also added. Otherwise, the 2011 Infiniti FX50 is unchanged from previous FX models.
According to Infiniti, the 2011 FX50 is a rare vehicle that is equally seductive on the road or sitting still. The styling is aggressive and invites you to take notice of its performance underpinnings with its stretched wheelbase, short front and rear overhangs, and a low center of gravity. The side air vents are a unique touch and provide a functional benefit by reducing front end lift.
Adding to the performance look is the Infiniti signature double-arch front headlights, a strong front-to-rear shoulder line, kicked-back roofline, and integrated rear spoiler. The LED taillights help create aerodynamic down force, and large chrome-finished dual exhaust outlets finish off the ready-for-action look. It is available in eight colors: Malbec Black, Umbria Twilight, Liquid Platinum, Platinum Graphite, Blue Slate, Black Obsidian, Midnight Mocha, and Moonlight White.
Inside the 2011 Infiniti FX50, you'll find room for five people. The driver's seat provides easy access to all of the controls, although it may take a bit of getting used to finding where everything is located. The leather-appointed front seats offer the driver 10-way adjustment and the passenger eight-way adjustment for a comfortable ride. Passengers in the rear may find things a tad cramped, especially if they are larger adults. Cargo area is sufficient, but not generous. The rear 60/40 folding seat pattern does allow the storage area to be expanded if the seating isn't needed.
The driver's seating also features an automatic driving position system, which moves the steering wheel and outside mirrors into the correct position when the seat is adjusted. Additionally, you'll find a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power door locks and windows, dual front and rear cup holders, four 12-volt power outlets, and available aluminum pedal accents.
Infiniti's Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and Sequential Welcome Lighting System will do just that as you approach the FX, lighting first the outside mirror courtesy lights and progressing to key areas as driver and passengers settle in for the ride. Standard interior colors are Wheat, Graphite, and Java. Along with the air-conditioning system, there is an air purification system that reduces interior airborne contaminants. An ion system is used in Clean Mode to rid the air of unwanted airborne particles and leave behind a crisp, fresh feel to the air, not unlike that of what you might experience after a thunderstorm.
Rounding out the luxury interior accommodations are the Bose® Premium Audio system, specifically engineered to perform in the FX50's interior XM® Satellite Radio with a required subscription, as well as Infiniti's Hard Drive Navigation System.
Performance & Handling
Drivers will enjoy driving the 2011 Infiniti FX50 largely due in part to the seven-speed transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC). It offers a wide ratio of coverage and lock-up area, a manual shift mode, and Downshift Rev Matching. Paired with a five-liter, V-8 engine rated at 390 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, this vehicle has no problem with keeping up with its competition. The engine utilizes Infiniti's Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) valve control technology, which contributes to higher fuel efficiency even with higher torque.
The standard ASC system is adaptive to driving style. Infiniti's Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system with Traction Control System (TCS) is standard, while solid magnesium paddle shifters are available on the FX50 Sport Package.
Zero to 60 mph acceleration takes just 5.5 seconds in the Infiniti FX50. Tight, direct steering and dependable braking deliver a confident driving experience.
Safety is abundant with the 2011 Infiniti FX50. Drivers love the available Around View® Monitor, which provides a virtual 360 degree view of objects around the vehicle. Standard safety features include a seat belt reminder system, Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), dual-stage front-supplemental airbags, roof-mounted side-impact airbags, three-point front seat belts, seat belts in all passenger positions, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. Several optional safety features are also available, such as a lane-departure warning and prevention system, adaptive cruise control, and intelligent brake assist.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2011 Infiniti FX50 its highest score of ""good"" for frontal-offset impact protection. Stopping from 60 mph took only 117 feet in a brake test.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Safety features
- Interior styling
- Well-equipped base model
You Won't Like
- Limited cargo space
- Small feel of interior
- Visibility from rear seating
A sporty yet luxurious ride.
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