Road Trip Day 1 -- LA to Bryce Canyon - 2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Infiniti FX50: Road Trip Day 1 -- LA to Bryce Canyon

September 01, 2009

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I won't deny that I was a touch disappointed when I drew our long-term Infiniti FX50 in Mr. Schmidt's V8 sweepstakes. I knew the FX's road-trip credentials were solid, but the S5 or M3 would have been more my speed than a jacked-up $60k G37 on steroids.

At least, that's what I thought before I hit the road.

Well, okay, I still think so. But as I made my way from LA to Bryce Canyon on that first day, I developed a grudging respect for this ostensible exercise in wretched excess. Would I rather have an FX50 than a Cayenne S? Neither, thanks; I'll take a base M3 sedan and save a few grand. Still, this Infiniti fully deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the Porsche. It may look like a victory for style over substance, but there's some serious capability underneath that cartoonish skin.

Detailed day-one impressions and more pictures below.

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Bryce Canyon, Utah

"Elevation approached 10,000 feet between Cedar City [UT] and Bryce Canyon. 390 horsepower felt like 190. Turbocharging strongly recommended for powermongers frequenting these altitudes."

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Red Canyon, Utah

"Awesome driving position, just like the G37's. Can't think of one I like better. Perfect seat height, steering wheel is one of the best and sits right where I want it, commanding view of the road ahead. Makes the driver feel completely in control. Now that Honda has ditched its classic low cowls, Nissan/Infiniti might have the best driving positions in the business."

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Red Canyon, Utah

"Front seat cushions get bit hard for my own ill-cushioned cushion after a few hundred miles. Power seat-bottom bolsters are pointless given the already-ample default bolstering -- only a stick figure would want more. Power seatback bolsters are greatly appreciated though. As in many Nissan/Infiniti products these days, the padding on the door armrests is pleasantly thick; center armrest, not so much."

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Red Canyon, Utah

"Loved the first-generation FX's styling when it came out. A concept car for the street. Wasn't sold on the second-gen styling initially -- dopey fender vent, gaping maw -- but it's really grown on me, to the point that the old FX now strikes me as rather mundane. Over the top? I don't know; it's flashy, but somehow still classy. Looks a damn sight better than the Cayenne, that's for sure."

Josh Sadlier, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com

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