Infiniti FX50: Low Fuel Warnings and iPhone Adapters
December 29, 2009
I drove the long-term Infiniti FX50 over the holiday break and was too lazy to put fuel in it. Most of my driving involved local jaunts to stores for last-minute shopping versus my typical 100-mile daily commute, so the shrinking fuel level didn't really faze me. But when the miles-to-empty range dropped below 60 the crossover's information window lit up like a hazmat warning.
I actually like this kind of warning in a vehicle, as I tend to run cars pretty low on fuel before filling up. A little extra incentive to keep from running out never hurts. BTW, when I filled up the FX took just over 17 gallons and the trip meter was at 320 miles.
Another quirk our long-term FX50 shares with every other Infiniti and Nissan is an iPod plug that won't charge a new iPhone 3G/3Gs. I've been using a Scosche adapter to alter the voltage and it works like a charm, allowing me to charge my iPhone while not interfering with its ability to play music through the Infiniti's audio system or control it via the car's center stack and steering wheel buttons. You can buy one for $30 from Scosche's Web site.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief @ 28,099 miles