The Infiniti FX37 is the sports car of sport-utes. A powerful, smooth V6, silky paddle-shift transmission and stiff ride speak to that. Although the interior is luxurious and comfortable, it lacks the sheer volume of competitors. But this is an SUV that seeks out apexes.
ComfortThe FX is far from your typical soft and cushy SUV. This thing is designed for enthusiast drivers. Other than its stiff ride, the FX actually is quite a nice place to spend time, with comfy seats and a quiet cabin.
The comfortable seats are firm but well-padded. Adjustable lumbar support on the driver's seat. And the seats have good lateral support, a good thing in a high-performance SUV.
The ride is stiff pretty much all the time and rather jiggly on the highway. Those comfy seats definitely mask some of the harshness.
There's almost no wind noise and engine is very quiet at highway speed. Tires make considerable noise over concrete expansion joints.
InteriorThe FX makes some compromises on overall interior room due to its aggressive shape, and the rear seat isn't exactly the easiest to get in/out of. But the controls are intuitive and it has reasonable cubbies/storage.
There are lots of buttons and knobs. And we like buttons and knobs if they're easy to use and understand, as they are here.
The front seats are pretty easy to get in/out of, although you need to watch your head on the roof. Rear doors open extremely wide, but are very small--as is the opening.
Plenty of head room up front and very good elbow and shoulder room, nice wide center armrest. Excellent head room in the rear, too. But the center armrest is hard to pull down.
The high driving position lets you see the entire hood. But the C/D-pillar combo is quite thick making a sizable blindspot. Standard around-view monitor camera is exceptional.
Nice-sized double-decker center armrest bin.Wide door pockets that, yes, you can actually use. The rear cargo area could be larger; it's compromised by the sloping roof.
PerformanceThe Infiniti FX series has long been known as a performance SUV. It makes no excuses for its harsh ride. Handling is above average, but should be even better. Considering V6 power, the FX is quick, though. Love its smooth automatic.
This 3.7-liter V6 pulls hard, yet it's also smooth. Some 0.6 seconds quicker to 60 mph than FX35. 7-speed automatic is silky, blips the throttle on downshifts.
The brakes were a let down. Spongy pedal and long travel, both at the test track during panic brake tests and in normal driving. They don't inspire confidence.
The tight, quick, slightly heavy steering offers a nice feel for the road. It definitely has more heft than your average SUV. And that might put some people off.
What with the FX's stiff suspension, you'd think it would put up better handling numbers. The chassis doesn't give much feedback, and it gets tail happy with ESC turned off.
Other than the stiffer than average suspension, the FX is a smooth operator around town. Crisp and clean throttle response, transmission doesn't hunt. DS mode responds best.
The FX37's towing capacity isn't exactly stellar at 2,000 pounds. The V8-powered FX50 can haul 3,500 pounds.
This all-wheel-drive vehicle is meant for slippery pavement, not rough dirt roads.
ValueWith its high cost of entry (especially the LE version we tested), the FX37 doesn't represent great value. It comes with nearly every luxury/tech feature you could want, but many will expect a V8 at this price.
Build Quality (vs. $)
The Limited Edition version is expensive at $53,700, but the build quality is representative of the price. Nice soft-touch materials, leather, stitched and padded door panels.
It's pricey. But look at the standard features: 360-degree camera, adaptive lights, power tailgate, power sunroof, navigation, smart key and a terrific Bose 11-speaker stereo.
As good as the FX37 is, we suspect most folks will think $53,700 is FX50 money. Sticker shock is sure to ensue.
The EPA rates the FX37 at 16 city/22 highway/18 mpg combined. We averaged 18.2 mpg over 1,062 miles. That means we matched the EPA rating, which is decent for a performance SUV.
The basic warranty is 4 years/60,000 miles. Drivetrain is 6 years/70,000 miles. This is on the good side of competitive.
The FX comes with roadside assistance for 4 years/60,000 miles.
Fun To DriveWe get a kick out of driving the FX37. What we enjoy most is that you can point it into a corner like a car and it will carve toward the apex. That's rare for an SUV. The FX37 would be even better if it had steering wheel paddle shifters.
We'd give the FX a better rating here if it handled superbly. As it is, it's above average. But with such a harsh ride, we expect sports-car ability.
Unlike most SUVs, the FX37 has some actual personality. Its V6 sounds a sporty note, it relishes turns and the transmission blips the throttle on manual downshifts.