January 11, 2010
Every time I get into our FX50 and have to install my child safety seat anew (which is every time I switch cars), I am reminded that I love the hinged cargo cover. It's like having a trap door from the back seat to the cargo area.
After I cinch down my kid's giant car seat, I always make sure to secure the top tether to the top tether anchor (which is often on the back of the back seat, below the cargo cover). To do this in many SUVs and hatchbacks that have rigid cargo covers, I have to jam and squeeze the top tether's large buckle through a tiny space not really designed to accomodate such a thing. Not so with the FX50. The hinged section of the cargo cover that's closest to the back seat easily just pushes down to let me drop the tether down where it needs to go.
September 08, 2009
Weekend with the family, time to cinch down our Recaro Como child safety seat. It was actually pretty easy, though there's minimal maneuvering room in the back seat for such a thing. Good thing my bony butt is also small. It was easy because the leather upholstery is nice and grippy, so it worked on the first try, not something I can say for all leather upholstered LT cars. I did have to remove the headrest, but that wasn't a problem once I inclined the seatback forward a bit. Leg room for the kiddie was kinda limited, especially for a crossover (front passenger seat is adjusted for someone 5'8"). And thanks to the FX's natural visibility limitations, at least the gigantic Recaro didn't make the visibility much worse, like it usually does in other cars.
June 15, 2009
On Friday I went hunting for the Flex keys only to find them in Brian Moody's right front pocket.
"Brian, I need the Flex for the weekend," I said trying not to look desperate. "Got something to haul."
"Sorry guy," Brian said tightly clutching the keys through the stonewashed denim of his Levi's. "I got a bunch of kids to haul around. Some event at my kid's school. Why don't you take the Infiniti?"
I had thought of that. But our long-term Infiniti FX50 is so small inside I figured the large print I had made to hang in my garage wouldn't fit. "Too small," I said. "The picture is 36x48."
"It'll fit," he said. "Just fold the seats."
So I reluctantly took the Infiniti. I folded the seats, which could not have been easier, and slid the large photo in with plenty of room to spare.
Now I admit that getting my blowup home isn't exactly a rigorous test of the FX, but lets face it, this is the kind of convenience that people buy SUVs and crossovers for. The photo would not have fit in the trunk of a car.
I wonder if it would have fit in the Fit. I should check.
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 14,901 miles
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.
May 26, 2009
I used the 2009 Infiniti FX50 this weekend to pick up a load of crap, uh, compost from the local nursery. Ten bags fit snuggly in the FX's 24.8 cubic feet with the second-row seatback still in the upright position.
April 03, 2009
This FX50's ride is unpleasant. I don't care that it's the S model, I don't care that it has 21-inch wheels and I don't care that this Infiniti SUV will outcorner most sporty coupes. For nearly $60,000 (AWD model) it should handle both sport and comfort equally - it doesn't. I'd like to see a few more storage bins in the front part of the cabin, too.
March 02, 2009
Last week I put a quick 450 miles on our long-term 2009 Infiniti FX50. Final destination was Napa with a quick stop for a track day at Laguna Seca. Don't worry: the FX50 was a spectator, not a participant, because no one here wants to pay the bill for new 265/45R21 104W Dunlop SP Sport 01 rubber.
The first thing I noticed is that the FX's cargo bay's liftover height is very high by crossover SUV standards. I'd overloaded my 20-inch rollaboard carry-on, and when I tried to hoist it into the cargo bay one-handed, I missed and smacked the top of the bumper with one of the bag's wheels. I was lucky not to have caused any damage, but this single incident convinced me that this is not a crossover SUV that you buy out of any concern for practicality.
Still, I certainly do enjoy the FX50's 5.0-liter V8, rated at 390 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 369 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The torque band is big, and between the FX's rapidfire throttle response and excellent high-speed stability, it is capable of utter domination on Interstate 5 when given free rein. Remember, this is an SUV that hits 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and the quarter-mile in 13.7 seconds at 102.9 mph. Editorial addendum: Although, if you look at the track test numbers for this particular 2009 FX50, you'll see that our long-term ran a 5.5-second 0-60 and a 13.7-second quarter at 101.5 mph.
Fortunately, it has a 23.8-gallon gas tank, so you get some decent cruising range. I hit the road with only 3/8 of a tank, though, so I pulled up for an early refuel in Grapevine, California. There I checked the oil and it registered right at the low mark on the dipstick. I surmised that the FX50 was down a half-quart of 5W30. I topped it off and the level is now fine.
You really can't see anything resembling an engine when you go to add oil, by the way -- I guess that's why Infiniti had an elaborate working model when the 5.0-liter and the 2nd-gen Infiniti FX debuted at the 2008 Geneva Auto Show. I'll have more thoughts on the Infiniti's road-trip credentials tomorrow.
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.