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2013 Infiniti FX50 Review
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The Infiniti FX50 is a sleek and stylish sport utility vehicle that prides itself on its spritely performance. With room for up to five adults inside the cabin, the 2013 Infiniti FX50 is a crossover vehicle that is committed to putting the sport back in SUV. Infiniti claims that the FX50 offers fast thrills and cheetah-like agility, a claim that the vehicle’s rich feature-set seems to support in ample measure.
Infiniti has taken great steps to make sure that the FX50 is as desirable inside as it is out, and the result if a balanced luxury crossover vehicle that paws its way to the head of the pack. Every detail of the design of the 2013 Infiniti FX50 has been painstakingly selected in order to provide drivers with the maximum in comfort and convenience, performance and handling, and safety and security. Few vehicles are truly at league with the FX50, and for as such the model is a requisite contender for the discerning SUV/crossover buyer.
New For 2013
The Infiniti FX50 is unchanged in 2013.
The outside of the 2013 Infiniti FX50 is immediately striking. The body panels are curved in a way that seems to contradict the trends prevalent in its competitors. Whereas the crossover market is riddled with angular, overly-aggressive grilles and slanting headlamp assemblies, the FX50 travels with careless disregard for those notions. The Lexus FX50 is round where others are square, a soft-spoken sport utility that carries a big stick – and it shows. The grille is even and round , making an unassuming impression that somehow manages to be more stunning than any of its competitors bent on showcasing visual details that reek of pseudo-machismo. The rakish and rounded design is complemented by 21-inch rims.
Interior & Cargo
The inner cabin of the 2013 Lexus FX50 is a beautiful sight in its own right. The leather-clad seats, dash, and steering wheel are cast in supple hides that envelope passengers in buttery comfort. The cabin seats five and offers backseat passengers a substantial amount of legroom, easily offering more comfort than many competitors with this feature alone. The rear seats are folding, allowing increased storage space in the already roomy cabin. A full 62 cubic-feet of internal cargo space can be realized in the FX50 by lowering the rear seats. The Infiniti hard-drive based navigation system found in the 2013 FX50 is among the most intuitive available. Interior complements of the Infiniti FX50 include the latest in infotainment, including Sirius XM satellite radio, MP3 playback, and iPod connectivity. Drivers can stay connected with the built-in Bluetooth interface in the 2013 Infiniti FX50. Overall, the Infiniti FX50 is as feature-rich inside the cabin as it is awe-inspiring outside the cabin.
Safety features found in the 2013 Infiniti FX50 are as robust as any other system found in the vehicle. The cabin boasts a full complement of airbags, including side-curtain airbags for both seating sections. The cabin of the FX50 is designed with tensile strength at the forefront. Reinforced doors and strategic crumple zones make the passenger compartment safer in the event of a crash. Technology facilitates additional safety in the FX50. A lane departure prevention system helps prevent the vehicle from drifting out of its lane. The option employs a camera to monitor the distance between the FX50 and lane markers, alerting the driver in the event the vehicle veers from its path unintentionally. The included safety systems found in the 2013 Infiniti FX50 place the vehicle among the best family SUVs on the road.
The 2013 Infiniti FX50 offers considerable power and performance. The standard engine of the FX50 is a 5.0-liter, eight-cylinder that outputs 390-horsepower in all-wheel drive operation. A lower-powered six-cylinder engine is also offered. In either case, the FX50’s engine is paired with a seven-speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission. The transmission offers a manual mode facilitated by a steering wheel mounted paddle shifter. Performance of the FX50 is nimble, underscoring its sports-leaning design. While certainly other offerings in its respective class can readily outrun the FX50, the Infiniti seems more serious. Competitors like the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne seem like sport utility vehicles secondarily. The Infiniti FX50 is more comfortable in its own skin, and this is something a test drive will immediately reveal. The 2013 Infiniti FX50 is what it aims to be: a luxury sport utility vehicle that maintains a confident level of performance, balanced with no-compromise interior features and creature comforts.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Infiniti FX50
- BMW X5
- Porsche Cayenne
- Lexus RX 350