2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Infiniti FX50: Love the Trap Door

January 11, 2010

2009 infiniti fx50 cargo area

Every time I get into our FX50 and have to install my child safety seat anew (which is every time I switch cars), I am reminded that I love the hinged cargo cover. It's like having a trap door from the back seat to the cargo area.

After I cinch down my kid's giant car seat, I always make sure to secure the top tether to the top tether anchor (which is often on the back of the back seat, below the cargo cover). To do this in many SUVs and hatchbacks that have rigid cargo covers, I have to jam and squeeze the top tether's large buckle through a tiny space not really designed to accomodate such a thing. Not so with the FX50. The hinged section of the cargo cover that's closest to the back seat easily just pushes down to let me drop the tether down where it needs to go.

ghostly hand demonstrates trap door cargo cover

I still have to walk around to the back to secure the tether to the anchor and pull the strap tight, but I really appreciate the convenience of that trap door.

Here's another view of the hinged section in action.

2009 infiniti fx50 trap door side view

It's also handy when I'm in the back seat and want to stash something (small-to-medium in size or very malleable) in the cargo area without having to get out and put it through the rear hatch. I love this feature.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 28,383 miles

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