2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD: Commute Switch
July 27, 2009
There are times when the 2009 Infiniti FX50's six-speed automatic transmission thinks too much. Like when you're driving to work, for example.
Creeping along in the morning traffic accordian, the six-speed transmission is trying too hard to give you that sporty respoinse thing, cycling quickly between gears and optimizing things for sharp throttle response. The trouble is, you can feel the transmission thinking (albeit quickly) and the result always seems too much throttle that arrives a little too late. The FX is just a little too eager to burst out of the starting blocks, especially when you've got the back end of a cement truck in front of you.
Sometimes you want just simple smoothness. So sometimes I'll engage the snow programming and then the FX makes getaways in second gear and the throttle rsponse is a little slower. When it comes to commuting, a little less thinking by the transmission and throttle equals a little more smoothness.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor @ 17,460 miles