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2010 Infiniti FX Introduction

The Infiniti FX runs like a bionic cheetah, with sporty handling and responsive engines. The FX35 comes with a 303-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, while the FX50 features a 390-hp 5.0-liter V8. All-wheel drive is standard on the FX50, available on the FX35. Fuel economy for the FX35 is an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg City/Highway; the FX35 AWD is rated 16/21 mpg, and the FX50 AWD is rated 14/20 mpg.

The FX is a crossover SUV designed for performance and style, so it avoids the boxy proportions of traditional SUVs. It offers some usable cargo space, but not as much back-seat room and cargo space as the boxier SUVs in spite of its large size. The FX offers some exclusivity: It’s unlikely one of your neighbors will own one. And we find the wild styling appealing. Certainly, it’s not bland.

High style is maintained inside as well. Premium Package and V8 cabins feature fine details, nicely stitched leather, wonderfully stained Maple wood, and matte-finish surfaces that provide a nice respite from the chrome-plated plastic in many other vehicles. While the exterior styling of the FX is polarizing, its interior earns approval from most.

Technology abounds, including the Around View Monitor, which displays images of everything around the FX on the navigation display. Smart cruise control, voice-recognition navigation with real-time weather and traffic, rear-seat entertainment systems, and a host of electronics are available.

The Infiniti FX was all-new for 2009, with new styling, new engines, and new transmissions for the second generation of this performance crossover SUV from Nissan’s luxury division. Based on the same platform as the Nissan 300ZX and Infiniti G37 sports cars, the Infiniti FX uses rear-wheel drive. (The FX has nothing in common with the Nissan Murano, which is a front-wheel-drive vehicle built on an entirely different platform.) Primary competition for the Infiniti FX line comes from the rear-wheel-drive BMW X6, which comes at a higher price point.

For 2010, changes are limited to technology features and packaging. Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is standard on 2010 Infiniti FX models, as is a USB audio port and interface for iPods. Models without navigation (and its attendant 9.3GB hard drive) now come with a smaller, 2.0GB Music Box all their own. And when you do order navigation, you now get Bluetooth streaming audio, an in-dash DVD audio/video drive, XM NavWeather and NavTraffic, and the Zagat restaurant guide.

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