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.
June 23, 2009
I thought this was kinda funny.
The other day I was in our long-term 2009 Infiniti FX50 and had a few minutes to kill while the wife ran into a store. To kill time I started pushing buttons. Soon I stumbled upon a second fuel range readout over on the FX's nav screen, but notice it says there's 90 miles worth of fuel in the tank, while the range readout on the instrument panel says 91.
Obviously this isn't a big deal, but...
Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief
June 08, 2009
I know a lot of folks aren't really that into the looks of our FX. It's got big ol' wagon wheel sized rims, a funky face reminiscent of a catfish, bad visibility and terrible gas mileage. But I think for a lot of folks that's the point.
Well, maybe not for the terrible gas mileage, but the power and grunt you get out of that engine is worth it. That's is if you don't mind paying for it. I know I greatly appreciated it for the old Interstate 110 full stop highway entrances when there is a lot of fast moving traffic. An open space, a mash of the pedal and this thing roars to life.
It's luxury interior appointments let you know you're riding in style. You think it's got an ugly face? The Susan Boyle of the automotive world? It doesn't look like much else out there and that's a good thing in the Civic, Prius, and Camry crowded highways of Los Angeles.
I'm giving our FX50 two big thumbs up. Yay! for fuggly!
Scott Jacobs, Senior Photographer @ 14,582 miles
April 13, 2009
Just got back from a 1,220 mile trip in the Infiniti FX50 S, during which I made made several discoveries.
One: Despite my raw sciatic nerve, which usually makes me fairly sensitive to bounce and jounce - and despite contrary comments from several colleagues (Ms. Toepke and Mr. Moody) - I quite enjoyed the big Infiniti's ride. So did my wife, who is quite sensitive to uncomfortable, stiff suspensions and found the FX50's ride (and seats) to be, in her words, "nice and firm but not too much, and really supportive."
Two: While certainly a long, long way from beingin a "green" vehicle, the Infiniti FX50 can turn in fairly decent fuel consumption numbers for such a hefty ride. We averaged 18.3 mpg and had one 485-mile run averaging 19 mpg on our way from Southern California to the Northern Californuia wine country.
Three: Although it likes to cruise at about 80 mph and just sorta naturally slots in there, the CHP doesn't think that's a good excuse.
Four: While the '09 FX50's gi-normous front end probably was designed to shout "get the h... outta my way" at other cars on the road, what it really excels at is catching bugs. Ugh (and this picture was taken only a third of the way through the trip!). Took several hours with a plastic scraper to get 'em all off. The butterfly was pretty, though.
John O'Dell, Senior Editor, Green Car Advisor @11030 miles.
December 30, 2008
(Our Umbria Twilight 2009 Infiniti FX50 AWD, cooling its heels in a rest area outside Green River, Utah.)
Here's a wrapup and a few thoughts on my recent holiday trip in our 2009 Infinit FX50.
Miles Driven: 2,357.
Fuel Economy: 19.7 mpg on premium fuel, cruising at about 78 mph.
Favorite Features: Instant and seamless power from the 390-hp, DOHC 5.0-liter V8 coupled with a smooth seven-speed automatic transmission. On the open road I loved the amazingly stable feeling created by the massive 21-inch low profile tires. The dimpled black leather seats (climate controlled) are ultra comfortable on long drives especially with the leg supports extended.
December 26, 2008
Our 2009 Infiniti FX50 cruised from Golden, Colorado, up to Boulder today for a family gathering. My brother was greatly impressed by the power he felt rumbling up through the rigid body and loved the leather seats and high tech interior. Most engines get pretty wheezy at 6,000-plus feet elevation, but the FX's 390 hp V8 barely broke a sweat.
On the trip from Los Angeles out here to the Denver area -- some 1,000 mountainous miles -- I kept it just shy of 80 mph and watched the fuel economy meter closely. It never broke 20 mpg. Of course, it all seems pretty irrelevant now that premium (required in the FX) is only about $1.79.