2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD: Bug Catcher Extraodinaire!
April 13, 2009
Just got back from a 1,220 mile trip in the Infiniti FX50 S, during which I made made several discoveries.
One: Despite my raw sciatic nerve, which usually makes me fairly sensitive to bounce and jounce - and despite contrary comments from several colleagues (Ms. Toepke and Mr. Moody) - I quite enjoyed the big Infiniti's ride. So did my wife, who is quite sensitive to uncomfortable, stiff suspensions and found the FX50's ride (and seats) to be, in her words, "nice and firm but not too much, and really supportive."
Two: While certainly a long, long way from beingin a "green" vehicle, the Infiniti FX50 can turn in fairly decent fuel consumption numbers for such a hefty ride. We averaged 18.3 mpg and had one 485-mile run averaging 19 mpg on our way from Southern California to the Northern Californuia wine country.
Three: Although it likes to cruise at about 80 mph and just sorta naturally slots in there, the CHP doesn't think that's a good excuse.
Four: While the '09 FX50's gi-normous front end probably was designed to shout "get the h... outta my way" at other cars on the road, what it really excels at is catching bugs. Ugh (and this picture was taken only a third of the way through the trip!). Took several hours with a plastic scraper to get 'em all off. The butterfly was pretty, though.
John O'Dell, Senior Editor, Green Car Advisor @11030 miles.