I purchased a 2008 Infiniti EX35 in May of last year. I "liked" the EX35, but never really "loved" it, and that always bugged me as it was not an inexpensive purchase. When I was in for my 1 yr 15,000 mile service I saw the FX50S on the lot in the same color interior combination as my EX35. I had no intention of trading up, but the car looked incredible. I threw what I thought was a ridiculous offer at the dealer, and two weeks later I was driving it off the lot. I could not be happier. The FX50S is EVERYTHING my EX35 was not, and I finally LOVE the vehicle I purchased. Technology, performance, comfort are all FAR above what I expected and for value, no other vehicle comes close.
I just love this car! It's ultra fast, powerful and super fun to cruise with. I owned multiple sports brands before, but the FX50S is something else, it's in a class of its own. I chose it over the X6 and never looked back ever since. I highly recommend this car.
I like the car's performance, look and quality, also it is an "economy" vehicle in a sense that it has the best bang for the buck. The ride is not harsh, but rather has a sporty firm feel to it, reminds me of a G. P.S. - It does not always win stoplight starts but just the feeling that you are taking on Porsches and such in a truck... priceless. The best part starts when you floor it at 60 mph.
I am a previous owner of 2 X5’s (4.6 & 4.8), and I traded in my 2008 BMW 335I for this FX50S. The FX50S as a package is by far more superior vehicle than anything I have driven. The X6 is ugly, and I don’t expect it to be any better than the X5. Having said that, there is no other cross-over that can compete with the FX50S in terms of design and performance, not even from Lexus.
What can I say, but wow what a vehicle. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to own this truck. I have owned luxury and sport brands in the past and this is the perfect blend of form and function. It gives me the space I need for the family but when I am driving it alone it is just amazing and fun. The number of features built into this truck is amazing. And while it is on the higher end of value it still tips the scale toward value for the money. Love the look and feel of this truck. If you get the chance to take a look at one I highly recommend it.
Technology Package (includes lane departure warning [LDW] system, lane departure prevention [LDP] system, intelligent cruise control [full-speed range], front pre-crash seatbelts, distance control assist [DCA], intelligent brake assist [IBA] and rain-sensing front wipers)
DOHC 4 valves per cylinder, variable valve timing
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
390 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
369 @ 4,400
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
I = 4.887, II = 3.170, III = 2.027, IV = 1.412, V = 1.000, VI = 0.862, VII = 0.775, R = 4.041, FD = 3.538
The FX50 doesn't like brake and gas at the same time, so brake torquing didn't work well. The tachometer is a little slow, so manual shifting didn't work. After matting the gas pedal and firewall in Drive, I could really feel the cams change phase at about 4,000 rpm. Gearshifts are really quick and with seven to choose from, it never falls out of the power.
Pretty firm pedal and moderate dive, but belts cinch up with each ABS stop. Remarkably short distance considering the monstrous rolling stock and 4,500-plus-pound mass. Side note: Pretty noticeable brake fade by the third quarter-mile run.
On the skid pad, the fore/aft/left/right power shuffle is evident. There's a lot going on under the floor, and modulating the throttle starts to get the FX50 out of shape. Still, there's a bunch of grip and the steering loads up nicely. Because VDC shuts all the way off, the slalom was also a bit of a mystery ride with unintuitive (slightly delayed) behavior from the AWD system. It feels great up to about 8/10ths, but physics take over from there. On/off throttle does provide some ability to rotate the FX50 and the steering remains quick and talkative. Eventually, the rear steps out and oversteer becomes the limiting factor -- which is highly unusual for an AWD vehicle.