2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD: Los Angeles to Denver and Back
December 30, 2008
(Our Umbria Twilight 2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD, cooling its heels in a rest area outside Green River, Utah.)
Here's a wrapup and a few thoughts on my recent holiday trip in our 2009 Infinit FX50.
Miles Driven: 2,357.
Fuel Economy: 19.7 mpg on premium fuel, cruising at about 78 mph.
Favorite Features: Instant and seamless power from the 390-hp, DOHC 5.0-liter V8 coupled with a smooth seven-speed automatic transmission. On the open road I loved the amazingly stable feeling created by the massive 21-inch low profile tires. The dimpled black leather seats (climate controlled) are ultra comfortable on long drives especially with the leg supports extended.
Limitations: Cargo space. "This is a two-person car," my wife said after we dropped our sons in Denver and headed home as a twosome. With four passengers, and luggage for four, we were bursting at the seams. To make matters worse, the owner's manual is so large it is kept in a zipped pouch in the rear...where it makes stacking suitcases difficult. Finally, there is a definite problem with rear visibility. In fact, some might consider the interior "claustrophobic."
Problems: Occasional hard shifts at low speeds. The heat in the "climate controlled" seats comes up too slowly bring relief on frigid mornings.
Additional: The FX50 offers with some intriguing technology that our tester isn't equipped with. Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention and Intelligent Cruise Control are all available as options. Even without these goodies, the price on our FX was $62,285.
Final Notes: This is a spectacular hotrod of an SUV with cutting edge technology and love-it-or-hate-it styling.
Philip Reed, Edmunds Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 4,314 miles