2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD: Long Range Cruiser
December 26, 2008
Our 2009 Infiniti FX50 cruised from Golden, Colorado, up to Boulder today for a family gathering. My brother was greatly impressed by the power he felt rumbling up through the rigid body and loved the leather seats and high tech interior. Most engines get pretty wheezy at 6,000-plus feet elevation, but the FX's 390 hp V8 barely broke a sweat.
On the trip from Los Angeles out here to the Denver area -- some 1,000 mountainous miles -- I kept it just shy of 80 mph and watched the fuel economy meter closely. It never broke 20 mpg. Of course, it all seems pretty irrelevant now that premium (required in the FX) is only about $1.79.
One thing I did really like was the 23.8 gallon gas tank. It meant we could drive and drive without a lot of stopping. As you can see from this photo, we logged 414 miles on one tank. The only time I've gone farther was when I drove 500 miles on one tank of diesel in our long term 2005 Volkwagen Jetta TDI.