Just leased the FX35 and so far I really enjoy driving this vehicle. Can't call it a car or an SUV, it is truly a crossover. A lot more sport than utility. Has some areas where there is obvious form over function (e.g. analog clock and steering wheel controls). The clock is cool, but there's a digital one in the display so it isn't functional. The steering wheel controls are not ergonomically placed for operation while driving; I've adapted. The ride can be harsh on rough pavement, more so with the sport package, but the FX handles the bumps with confidence and grace. It stays planted on the road. Missing some important safety features like DRL, auto locks, cargo cover, mirror side markers.
Lane departure warning. Intelligent cruise control. HID headlights. 11 speaker Bose stereo. Supportive seats. Excellent handling. Gauges move with tilt steering wheel.
Manual shifts are sloppy and inconsistent. Better steering wheel controls (e.g. M35 or G35 sedan). Selectable sport/touring suspension. Larger glove box. Rear air controls. Voice navigation. Adaptive auto leveling headlights. Auto locks. Mirror turn signals. Daytime running lights. An iPod interface!
I am extremely happy with my FX35 and could not imagine driving another car or SUV period. I love the fact that I can take it anywhere or do anything and look good doing it. The woods to go camping one day, and to a show in town the next, I have found the perfect car for me.
The navigation system is by far my favorite feature.
The only thing I would like to see would be a voice active nav system.
This is a great mid-size SUV that drives like a car. We test drove the BMW X5 and Range Rover HSE Sport in comparison to the FX35. The FX35 with the Sport, Touring, and Tech Package had better performance, comfort, and amenities than the rest. It is by far quicker and more responsive than the BMW or the Range Rover. For 15-20K less the FX35 is a great value as well.
The Sport package is well worth it. The handling is much improved. The hands free option is nice as well.
The Tech Package is very expensive at $4000, but is a must if you're on the road and touring a lot.
It's a wonderful driver's car, giving me SUV convenience with sports car performance. Visibility took some getting used to, but this car in the snow is my favorite new sport; I go out looking for unplowed hills. I'd like larger side mirrors and more luxury (wood) in the trim, but all else works for me. Love the analog clock like the Maserati.
Running the gears and the acceleration and exhaust snarl. I've had two RX 300s, a Nissan Pathfinder and a Mercedes ML320, and while they were all great cars, this is the only one with a personality. This moves, feels and SOUNDS like a sports car. The 11 speaker Bose is awesome!
Better rear and side visibility, move the card holder from the visor, iPod hookup. Make downshifting more dependable - often takes two clicks to go down when pushing the engine hard.