2009 Infiniti FX50: It's Like Taking a Road Trip in a Big G37
March 04, 2009
I enjoyed my 450 miles in our long-term 2009 Infiniti FX50. It has a good driving position, a comfortably quilted driver seat, and a surprisingly good ride quality despite 21-by-9.5-inch wheels that must be the heaviest ever cast by Enkei.
The big Dunlop summer tires cause too much road rumble for a $62,285 SUV, though.
Still, if the 4,621-pound FX had smaller tires with taller sidewalls, I supposed its steering response wouldn't be as crisp. And I do like the steering, which weights up nicely and feels surprisingly direct for an SUV. Our car has the active rear steer feature (part of the Sport package) and I didn't feel any of the untoward sensations we noticed in a 2008 G37 coupe test car. Then again, for lack of time, I didn't drive the FX through any tight turns.
Otherwise, though, the things I like about the Infiniti FX50 on a road trip are the same things I liked about our long-term 2007 Infiniti G35 sedan and every G37 I've driven since. I love the navigation system's interface -- I think it might be my favorite of all factory nav systems. I like the audio information display whether I've loaded a CD, hooked up my iPod or simply running between satellite radio channels.
So I'm not sure I need the FX50's size, torque and price tag to get what I want out of an Infiniti. I'll take a G37 Sport sedan instead.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor