Sounds Good, Smells Weird - 2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD Long-Term Road Test

2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD: Sounds Good, Smells Weird

October 01, 2009

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I secured our long-term FX50 for the night and was thoroughly impressed by the audio system. Reviews for the Bose system has been mixed, but retty much every track I cued up sounded great - playing Fleetwood Mac's Never Going Back Again made me feel like Lindsay Buckingham was right in the car with me. Holst's Jupiter gave me goosebumps. Orchestral strings were as clear as inside the Disney Music Hall and I found the bass to be more than up to the task of some L.L. Cool J.

There are a couple things I'd improve upon, though. While the iPod interface is quite good, I wished there was a quicker way to scroll through songs. I was hoping that a couple quick spins of the control knob would intelligently zip through the lists like it does on our BMW 750i, but no. Maybe holding down the page-down button? Nope. A quick jump/scroll would be a welcome addition to an already great system. Also, I discovered that the system won't recognize my iPhone (3G) unless it's already playing a track - which makes initial startup a real pain.

Finally, I got in the FX50 last night and was instantly hit with an odd aroma that closely resembled a hamster cage. No idea what it is, but it was there in the morning as well. It didn't bug me for more than a couple of seconds, but it's definitely in there.

Mark Takahashi. Associate Editor @ 23,150 miles

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