2009 Infiniti FX50: Not Much Wheel Travel
August 19, 2009
Okay, so only a fool would take an Infiniti FX50 with its 21-inch summer tires off-roading, but does the hilly parking lot at Laguna Seca count? Hey, its got four-wheel drive don't it?
Well, obviously suspension droop wasn't a priority during the FX's design process, but approach and departure angles must have been. Believe it or not, I pulled this boneheaded move without so much as touching a body panel to the Earth. No scraping of the front airdam or the tailpipes.
And while I'm putting a positive spin on this foolishness, I might as well mention how impressed I was by the FX's structure, which failed to utter a creak, and its all-wheel drive system which soaked up the abuse without so much as a clunk. In fact, the FX never even spun a tire in confusion or for a second behaved like it wasn't actually built to do this kind of thing.
Well, I mean besides picking its right front tire more than foot off the ground.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief