Specifications prices Modifications and Image 2012 Infiniti FX50
The all-new five-passenger SUV rides on a wheelbase that has been elongated by 1.4 inches, and the top-of-the line FX50 is powered by an all-new 5.0 liter V8 mated to a new seven-speed automatic transmission: a first for Infiniti.
The transmission can be shifted via steering column-mounted paddles, and downshift blip the throttle to match revs during spirited driving.
There are many interior features available with the Infiniti FX50, including illuminated push button ignition, soft touch and leather interior, 25 cubic feet of luggage space, a 360 degree camera system for parking assistance, an audio and navigation systems interface with a variety of options, dual zone climate control for passenger and driver, power windows, locks, and moonroof, eight-way power driver's and passenger's seats, and a CD/DVD player, USB interface, and 9.3 GB music storage system to be used with the 11 speaker Bose surround sound system.
The cabin has a high dashboard. A ledge just below the windshield curls around to the window sills, and air-conditioning and stereo controls sit below an available navigation display. The leather seats can come with quilted center inserts. Power adjustments for the front seats are standard. Interior features include:
* Standard reclining rear seat
* Standard Bluetooth
* Standard dual-zone climate control
* Standard power liftgate
*Standard USB input for MP3 players
*Optional heated and cooled front seats
*Bose audio system with 2GB Music Box hard drive
The body style of the 2011 Infiniti FX50 is no great departure from other years, and is characterized by 21 inch alloy wheels, a smooth, flowing aerodynamic design unusual in SUVs of its class, aluminum roof rails, dual chrome exhaust pipes, and a large, imposing grille.
For vehicles of its class, the Infiniti FX50 has traditionally held up well to the test of time. Owners generally report no loss in performance or many major maintenance issues, and the FX50 tends to retain its resale value well.
The pros of purchasing the 2011 Infiniti FX50 include its winning combination of a powerful V8 engine with great handling, a distinctive style including comfortable, posh interior, and many safety and luxury options to choose from.
The cons of purchasing the 2011 Infiniti FX50 include its stiff ride, vibrations at redline, and a cargo capacity which leaves something to be desired.
Vehicles similar to the Infiniti FX50 include the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne S, both of which are similar in terms of size, handling, luxury options, and performance.
The FX's beady headlights and snout-nosed grille are at least as controversial as those elements on its predecessor if not more so. Along the side, functional air vents reduce the FX's lift, Infiniti says. Exterior features include:
*Standard 20-inch alloy wheels
*Available 21-inch alloy wheels
*Standard bi-xenon headlights
*Optional adaptive suspension continuously reacts to changing road conditions
*Optional Rear Active Steer angles rear wheels slightly to enhance turning precision
The Infiniti FX50 provides a smooth ride for the most part, an impressive feat given the power of its engine, which can propel you rapidly on a moment's notice, going from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds. The tight steering and great suspension means that on some winding roads, you may actually forget you are driving an SUV, since the FX50 handles like a car built much lower to the ground. The brakes provide a nice counterpoint to the power of the engine, offering consistently short stopping distances, even after repeated hard braking. For the most part, the FX50 runs quietly as well, although sometimes during highway driving the 21-inch tires can start to produce a noticeable noise, and there is some vibration if the engine is pushed to the point of redline.
The 5L, 32-valve V8 engine in the 2011 Infiniti FX50 can put out 390 hp at 6,500 rpm, and generates 369 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. This vehicle features intelligent all-wheel drive, and couples the V8 engine with an electronically controlled seven-speed automatic with adaptive shift control, as well as a manual shift mode with sequentially selectable manual gearshifts and downshift rev matching. Fuel economy is 14 mpg for city driving, and 20 mpg for highway driving.
Safety systems on the FX50 in both trims include Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution, as well as traction and stability systems. Optional is Intelligent Brake Assist for warning of a frontal collision and capable of automatic braking, Distance Control Assist (DCA) for keeping pre-set distances from the vehicle ahead in heavy traffic and a Lane Departure Warning/Lane Departure Prevention system, which helps keep the FX in its lane.
Standard comfort and convenience fare includes Infiniti's Intelligent Key entry and vehicle start system, as well as optional Intelligent Cruise Control (Full Speed Range) and Around View Monitor system.
Standard lighting includes High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights while LED taillights double as aerodynamic aids. All paints covering the FX's new, lighter body utilize Infiniti's Scratch Shield technology that uses sunlight to heat the clear coat and fill in any fine scratches it may have endured.