|Premium midsize SUV; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $10,700 – $26,200*|
2003 Infiniti FX
2004 Infiniti FX
2005 Infiniti FX
Infiniti FX interior
Each FX emphasizes sport over utility–probably too much so for some buyers. Nevertheless, refinement, virtual otherworldly style, features, and sporty road manners–worthy of an import sport sedan–qualify it as a Recommended. In short, the FX stands out among premium midsize crossover SUVs. Infiniti’s strong warranty and kid-gloves customer care are bonuses, but strong resale value translates to used-vehicle prices that lean toward the hefty side.
Introduced in midseason of 2004, the FX was a particularly stylish premium midsize crossover sport-utility vehicle. Drived from Infiniti’s G35 sedan, the FX seated five, with a rear liftgate and an overall height between that of a car and an SUV.
Two models were offered. The FX35 had a 280-horsepower V6 engine, and came with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The FX45 held a 315-horsepower V8 and came only with AWD. A five-speed automatic with manual shift gate was the sole transmission. The FX’s all-wheel-drive system lacked low-range gearing and was not intended for offroading.
Antilock braking, antiskid/traction control, front torso side airbags, head-protecting curtain side airbags, and xenon headlamps were standard on all models. The FX35 rode on 18-inch wheels. A sport suspension with 20-inch wheels was standard for the FX45, and optional on the FX35. The same was true of leather upholstery, heated front seats, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, and a driver-seat memory.
A sunroof and roof rails were optional. So was a Technology Package with a navigation system, adaptive cruise control designed to maintain a set following distance, rear DVD entertainment, rearview video camera, and tire-pressure monitor. The package also included an “intelligent key” system with a small transmitter that allowed the driver to unlock the vehicle by pressing buttons on the doors and start it without inserting the key into the ignition. Rivals included the Acura MDX, Cadillac SRX, and Lexus RX 300/330, but a FX had a visual personality all its own.
Suspension revisions designed to provide a softer ride were among the few 2004 changes to Infiniti’s crossover SUV. For 2004, the all-wheel-drive system added a driver-controlled snow mode designed to adjust low-speed throttle input to maximize traction.
Additional safety equipment marked the 2005 models. Curtain side airbags were now designed to deploy if the system detected an impending rollover. A newly optional Lane Departure Warning System could alert the driver to unintended movement away from a designated traffic lane. The system came in a package with backseat DVD entertainment.
Infiniti’s car-type SUV moved some options to standard status for 2006. For ’06, FXs got minor styling revisions and a rearview camera; among many features now standard instead of optional. Also, FX35 joined FX45 with standard leather upholstery, heated front seats, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, and driver-seat memory.
FX carried over unchanged.
The 2008 Infiniti FX carried over with no major changes.