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.
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.
After driving Porsches for 25 years - including 911's and Turbos, I was ready for a change. I drove the Porsche Cayenne, but could not justify the price tag. Once I slipped into the Infinity FX45, I was hooked! I'm a big guy - 6'4', and I can have my seat totally comfortable with a 6' guy sitting right behind me. The car is fast, and corners and brakes like a sports car. People that know me ask how I could turn in a 911 for an SUV, and I say to them there's not that much difference! Of course the Infinity is no Porsche, but factor in the ability to carry five friends, AND all of thier luggage, and still feel like you're driving a sports car - for less than HALF the price, and it makes sense.
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...
Prior to owning FX45, I had two Jeeps..the last being a 2002 Jeep Overland. The Jeeps pales in comparison to the FX. The FX has the best style and design of any SUV. The rear and front ends are masterpeices of design and the car is an engineering marvel. The ride is smooth, the power superb and the comfort supreme. The one flaw is a lack of visibility in the rear window when parking..it takes awhile to determine the distance from a parked car...the rear-view camera would have been nice. Reccomendations: Make the rear-view camera an option in itself, or make it standard on the FX; also fog lights should work with running lights. Great car..I love it. GCAssad