After owning three Q45s and a QX4 and having been extremely pleased with the Infiniti experience, I recently went out and purchased a 2005 FX45 with 14,000 miles on it. The vehicle is a dream, as it handles like a sports sedan. The abundance of power provides frequent thrills, ride quality is superb, and the absence of road noise leaves me constantly wondering if I'm really in an SUV. On top of all that, the vehicle is rock solid. I recently completed a 1,100 mile round trip and averaged approx 18 mpg while driving at average speed of 75-80 mph between San Diego and Beaver, UT. My driving is 80% highway.
Outstanding engine, great view of the road, very comfortable front seats, quite ride, and incredibly stable at higher speeds on good roads. With the rock-solid feel, there's a strong perception of safety. VERY fun to drive if you enjoy powerful vehicles.
I wish the storage space behind the rear seat were larger, maybe 6-12 inches deeper, but the trade-off would be a longer vehicle and more weight. And what's with the roof-rails yet no crossbars? Impossible to carry or tie down anything on the roof without crossbars and/or holes in the roof-rails.
This SUV drives better than most sports cars. Unbelievable acceleration and handling. 4WD conquered 12" of snow with ease. Performance and styling make Lexus SUV look like a granny-mobile in comparison. Ghosen strikes again.
Engine, sheet metal.
Back seats should be able recline without a trip to the back hatch.
This vehicle combines the out right fun of a sports car with the practicality of a SUV. Its swift, stunning looks are just the beginning. Compared to the BMW and Lexus Crossovers, the FX35 makes these crossovers look dated and boring. The FX 35 epitomizes luxury sports driving. With a suspension that gracefully ignores bumps, the acceleration power is surprising at first. Most of all, what makes the crossover great is all the small details. The interior is thoughtfully laid out and surprisingly spacious.
Comfortable bucket seats, unique arm rests, practical drink holders, super soft leather, great turn radius, vehicle information available at the touch of a button. There isn't much lacking with this crossover.
Blindspots are horrific on this car. Warning, if you are a distracted driver, this car will cause you many an accident. I've ran myself and innocent others off the road or into another lane due the blindspots. However, this is my only complaint.
I previously leased a 4.4l X5 before my Infiniti and had to get rid of it due to all of the malfunctioning electronics. It was like driving a vehicle that was never tested off the line. The FX is far superior. It's faster, handles better at high speeds, and the electronics all work. Not to mention cheaper, too...
Satellite radio, Bose sound system (which kills the crappy Harmon Kardon system in the X5...to this day I won't buy Harmon Kardon again.) Bird's eye nav
Due to sportier handling, the ride can be a little rough and you really feel the road. A little less of this would be OK. Also there are some blind spots when driving.