Nissan North America was nice enough to lend us one of their new 2012 models of the Infiniti FX35. This car has really been an eye catcher for the past years its been in the market. It always had that aggressive look from the front and the curvy, sexy side profile. With the 2012 model, they did not lose any aspects of the lines of the car.
From a design stand point, the car takes some of its looks from the M37, the maximum performance Sedan Infiniti has. You can see it in the hood and grille shape, just big, bulging aggression! I really dig that. Now some people ask why is this aggressiveness in a sport crossover? Really? Why not? There are gills on the side, dual exhausts, 21 inch Graphite rims, it has the whole lot in looks. This thing is literally the eye catcher in a SUV type Crossover.
The Infiniti FX35 has a 3.5 liter Naturally Aspirated V6, right out of the Infiniti G35. This car is large, and the G37′s and M37′s use Infiniti upped 3.7 liter V6 which has more capacity and power. We find this odd, but the engine sits fairly down in the engine bay giving better weight distribution, its Ferrari-like engineering. Overall 0-60 came up in around 7.3 seconds which isn’t bad for a car heavy and large. The engine produces 303 BHP at 262 FT LB of Torque, not bad at all.
When you look at the FX, you think this will be too top heavy, but thanks to the engine placement, the car feels like its pivoting on your hips, you have full control of where this car goes. Through the corners, the FX stays flat, not tipping over here. The more corners you go through, the faster you can go through them. The car is something of an awe of driving. Its also fairly surprising because of its massive size.
Since Gadget Experts is mainly a technology blog, what does this vehicle have to do with us? Well the FX comes with a 7-inch HHD Navigation system, with bluetooth connectivity, voice command, really the whole lot. But one feature that really stuck out to us was Infiniti’s All-Around-View feature. Basically this feature utilizes 4 cameras on each side of the car to give the driver a birds-eye view of the car. This feature is a dream when it comes to parking in tight spots, it beeps fairly annoyingly before you hit objects around you. This was overall the best feature in this vehicle. I wanted to drive the car with the camera but unfortunately the cameras cut off when you go forward more than 5 mph.
Overall the FX35 has proved us wrong. We thought it would be slow and too big. But really the FX turned out to be a driving dream. Now it’s not going to deliver the sport like as a G37 or GT-R, but you get the point. This vehicle is ideal for someone that enjoys a great drive but also can go take the kids to school and pick up groceries. But the trunk isn’t that big.
The car we tested was just shy under $53,000, so this is a big bucks car. But the interior will bathe you in technology awe, fancy displays, and still that iconic analog clock that I love on my own G35. This car feels that it needs a price drop, but we can see where all the money goes into.