2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Infiniti FX50: 7 Things I Learned in Monterey

August 18, 2009


This past weekend our long-term Infiniti FX50 and I spent 800 miles together. Most of it (600+ miles) was highway running from Santa Monica up to Monterey and back. The rest was city driving in and around the Carmel Valley and Monterey Peninsula, including several trips to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Spend that much time in a car you're bound to learn a few things about the machine. I learned 7 things about the FX50. And here they are.

1) Its seat is extremely comfortable on a long run. After the late night 300+ mile run up to Monterey I emerged from the FX without a single ache. And I hadn't spend a single second of the ride trying to get comfortable.

2) The FX has range. It'll go more than 400 miles on the highway on a single tank. Nice.

3) It feels great at 130 mph and still has some speed left in it. (I learned this thanks to a professional driver who experienced the truck's speed on a closed course.)

4) Its navigation system is one of the best. It's extremely easy to program, its screen is large and well detailed and it never gave us a bum direction all weekend.

5) Its steering is near perfect with just the right weight, ratio and feedback.

6) It's quiet on the highway, which is another reason why you can drive the thing over 300 miles with zero fatigue.

7) The last thing I learned about the FX is that I'm a fan. This is a great vehicle. One I should have appreciated sooner.

Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 19,791 miles

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