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2012 Infiniti FX50

  • 2012 Infiniti FX50 Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      390/369
    • ENGINE
      5.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $59,800
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2012 Infiniti FX50 Review

The gap closes (slightly) between sport and utility

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview
Infiniti appears to be on the right track as luxury crossover vehicles continue to increase in popularity. With the FX, luxury is definitely more emphasized than the utility that other crossovers possess. The FX offers a car-like balance of ride and handling since it was built using the same basic underpinnings as the G37 sedan. The FX50 comes exclusively with all-wheel drive and a 5.0-liter V-8 engine as motivation.

Did we mention it was a luxury crossover? Because the interior won't let you forget that so easily. A plush cabin laced with modern technology can and should be found in a vehicle with the FX50's price tag. Quality materials surround passengers while the driver can indulge in multiple standard and optional assistance features. Some of these features include climate-controlled front seats, dual-occupant memory system and entry/exit assist system for driver’s seat and steering wheel.

However, for the amount of technology found in the FX50, cargo space is at a premium compared to the competition. Ride quality is below par as an complicated handling system makes every bump in the road felt. If utility is a priority, we recommend you check out other luxury crossovers.

The Range

Bodystyle: SUV
Engine: 5.0-liter V-8
Transmission: seven-speed automatic transmission
Model: FX50

What's New

The second-generation FX50 enters 2012 with a mild refresh, including a new front-end tweaks, options, and standard features. Exterior updates include a new grille, front bumper, fog lights, and wheel designs. On the inside, an updated instrument cluster and front heated seats are now standard on all models.

Exterior

A bigger and beefier version of the FX35, the FX50 has a stretched hood to cover an even longer wheelbase. Side air vents peek are present behind the front wheel arches and a redesigned front-end was inspired but the Essence Concept. High intensity discharge headlights stretch across the front quarter panels and LED taillights warn drivers behind you when braking. Other features include aluminum roof rails and foot pedals, Infiniti's Hard Drive Navigation system, and Around View Monitor.

Interior

The Premium Package comes standard on the FX50 and includes climate-controlled front seats, dual-occupant memory system and entry/exit assist system for driver’s seat and steering wheel. Other features include Infiniti's hard drive navigation system, an 8-inch color touch-screen display, and Around View Monitor with front and rear sonar system.

Performance & Handling

The FX50 is equipped with Infiniti's all-wheel-drive system that directs torque right to the wheels, adjusting to road and driving conditions. A 5.0-liter V-8 engine produces 390 horsepower and includes Infiniti's Variable Valve Event and Lift, boosting fuel economy and improving emissions. Also available is a rear active steer system that can turn the rear wheels up to one degree. This makes steering more lively at lower speeds and improves handling when going faster. All four wheels are outfitted with disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake force Distribution.

Safety

The FX50 comes standard with the Technology Package which includes Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention and Intelligent Cruise Control. Other safety features include Distance Control Assist, Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts, rain-sensing windshield wipers and Adaptive Front lighting System with auto-leveling headlights.

EPA Fuel Economy

NOT YET RATED

You'll Like

  • Performance
  • Interior

You Won't Like

  • Stiff ride
  • Cargo spacer

Sum Up

The gap closes (slightly) between sport and utility

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