Solutions for a Compromised Vehicle - 2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test

2009 Infiniti FX50 Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Infiniti FX50: Solutions for a Compromised Vehicle

February 13, 2009

Infiniti FX50 in a park -- Photo by James Riswick

Our long-term Infiniti FX50 is patently ridiculous. Any one who's tried to carry people or stuff in it knows it isn't a very good sport utility vehicle. Ditto should you decide to venture into a snowy clime -- the thing has summer tires for Pete's sake. It's also not a substitute for a sport sedan. Oh, it's certainly sporty for an SUV. But that's like saying "it's tasty for vegemite" or "it's attractive for Amy Winehouse."

Therefore, the FX50 satisfies only the "vehicle" part of SUV. In my opinion, why have one compromised truckish sport sedan thing when you could have two dedicated vehicles instead? More is better, right? Therefore, instead of an FX50, I would suggest purchasing the two other vehicles I've been driving this week that each does one of the FX50's goals exponentially better ...

Mercedes-Benz G550 -- Photo by Mark Takahashi

You want an SUV? Buy a G550. It crushes everything that gets in its way, goes like stink, its built like a bank vault, and come to think of it, looks like bank vault too. It's also easier to see out of and park than the FX (as long as the garage is tall enough). Oh, and you could go hunting for water buffalo in the G. Try that with the bionic catfish.

Infiniti G37 Coupe

When I'm not crushing peasants and protecting El Presidente in the G550, I'd be taking to a canyon road in the G37 Coupe. It's related to the FX50, but it isn't tall and morbidly obese for a sport-tuned vehicle. It's still an Infiniti, so I get the excellent electronics interface and loads of available equipment.

If you're going to do something, do it right. So therefore, instead of dropping $62,000 on a compromised FX50, drop $144,000 instead on two dedicated vehicles. Who's with me?

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 6,556 miles

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