2009 Infiniti FX50S: Not-So-Roomy Backseat
January 21, 2009
In our road test, we describe of the 2009 Infiniti FX50 as a "personalized coupe, only with cargo capacity." Considering the mediocre amount of room in the back seat, that's an apt description.
First, entry and exit for the rear seat is hampered by the narrow door opening at the bottom -- the rear wheel arches are sizeable. The rear doors open close to 90 degrees, but they seem kind of thick, again hampering easy access.
Once you're in, the FX50 pretty comfortable, but only if you're not tall. With the front seats positioned comfortably for me (I'm 5-foot 10-inches), I had about 2 inches of spare headroom and legroom when I sat in back. Some of the lankier folks on our staff would probably complain about being in back. Toe room under the front seats is tight as well.
Meanwhile, there's not much special going on in back in terms of features or materials. Everything looks rather dour, and the back of the center console is notably low in quality for a luxury-brand vehicle -- it's made of hard plastic with a couple of dinky air vents.
When you're seated up front, our FX50S is great. In back, not so much.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,750 miles