One Redeeming Quality - 2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Infiniti FX50: One Redeeming Quality

June 01, 2009

I have to admit, there is not much I like about the Infiniti FX50. This is certainly not the opinion of the rest of our staff. So, bear with me while I explain some of my reasons.

Normally, I like big powerful V8 vehicles, but the FX50 just seems so silly to me. The loooong front nose sticks out like Pinocchio's. There was an FX35, which looked like a dwarf next to my FX50, parked on the corner of my street, right on the corner, actually sitting illegally on the turn. I couldn't see around it as I was trying to cross the intersection. I was inching out and ended up with the big Cyrano nose sticking out so far I might as well have just blown across the intersection before I could actually see.

I also have a hard time judging where I am in a lane. That big nose distorts my view. Looking in my side mirrors I can tell I have a tendency to drive it too far to the right of the lane. So I have to keep compensating.

There is no button on the key fob to pop the back hatch. Vexing. I took The FX50 to the supermarket and there was hardly any room to put grocery bags. I didn't want to fold down the seats just to load groceries, so I put some stuff on the back seat.

I did find something pretty spiffy though: the Around View parking monitoring system. Because of its odd shape, the FX50 sorely needs this. It not only gives a view behind the vehicle, it gives you a top view of the surrounding area. Very cool.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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