|Premium midsize SUV; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $16,500 – $50,400*|
2009 Infiniti FX Front
2009 Infiniti FX Rear
2009 Infiniti FX Interior
2009 Infiniti FX Profile
Infiniti’s FX stands out from the pack for its combination of unique styling, sporty handling, and relative utility. On the other hand, it does make some sacrifices in ride and rear visibility. Competitors such as the Acura MDX and Lexus RX exhibit a more comfortable, conventional blend of luxury and convenience, with less edgy stying and a more composed ride. FX resale values have been quite high, so these models aren’t bargain-priced on used-car lots.
As redesigned for 2009, Infiniti’s FX gained freshened styling along with more power and additional safety systems. Available with either V6 or V8 power, FX was a premium midsize crossover sport-utility vehicle. The FX35 teamed a 303-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine with either rear- or all-wheel drive. FX50 models held a 390-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8 and all-wheel drive. The FX35 gained 28 hp over the previous model, while the FX50 got a hefty 70-hp boost over the 2008 FX45. Both versions used a new seven-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity was 3500 pounds. The FX35 rode on standard 18-inch wheels; FX50 on 21-inch wheels. Standard safety features included antilock brakes, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. For 2014, FX became QX70.
Infiniti’s optional Lane Departure Warning System would sound an alert when the vehicle crossed lane dividers. Newly available on FX were Infiniti’s Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), Around View Monitoring (AVM), and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) systems. LDP sounded a warning and activated the vehicle’s stability control system in order to bring FX back into the proper lane. AVM used four cameras to show the driver the entire circumference of the exterior, right on the navigation screen. IBA used lights and warning tones if a forward collision was imminent, and automatically applied braking power. A sport suspension and Continuous Damping Control suspension system were available for the FX50. Leather upholstery, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, keyless entry and starting, and a rearview camera were standard. Available features included adaptive cruise control that operated at both around-town and highway speeds, a 9.3GB hard drive to store digital media files, an advanced climate-control system that filtered mold and deodorized air, a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic information, DVD entertainment, and a wireless cell-phone link. FX rivals included the Acura MDX, BMW X5, and Lexus RX.
Several new features were added to 2010 FX models: a USB port for connecting digital-media players, a 2-gigabyte MusicBox hard drive for digital-music files with Bose premium audio (on models not equipped with navigation), plus restaurant and real-time weather information for the available navigation system. A Bluetooth hands-free phone system now was standard on all models.
The 2011 Infiniti FX saw only minor trim changes.
The 2012 Infiniti FX received freshened styling and a new top-line Limited Edition model.
The 2013 Infiniti FX37 was basically the previous FX35 with a slightly larger, more powerful V6 engine. Its one other notable change involved the addition of Moving Object Detection to the available Around View Monitor camera system. The only change for the 2013 Infiniti FX50 was the addition of a Moving Object Detection (MOD) function to the standard Around View Monitor camera system.
For 2014, the V6-powered FX37 and the V8-powered FX50 became collectively known as QX70. Otherwise, these SUVs were unchanged.