2013 INFINITI FX37

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Key Specs

of the 2013 INFINITI FX37. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handles like a sports car
  • Steering feel
  • Strong V-6 engine
  • Surprisingly comfortable backseat

The Bad

  • Extremely limited rear visibility
  • Ride might be too firm for some
  • Cargo area isn't ideal for bulky items
  • Some low-grade interior switches, trim pieces

Notable Features of the 2013 INFINITI FX37

  • New 325-hp, 3.7-liter V-6
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Many high-tech safety features available
  • 21-inch wheels available

2013 INFINITI FX37 Road Test

Mike Hanley

If there's a model that puts the sport in sport utility vehicle, it's the Infiniti FX. Riding on a platform shared with the Nissan 370Z, the Infiniti FX drives like a tall-riding sports car. The only other SUVs that come close to this kind of driving experience are the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne.

While the 2013 Infiniti FX offers exceptional sportiness, it comes up short where utility is concerned, which limits its appeal.

We tested the V-6 version of the FX, whose name was changed to FX37 for the 2013 model year thanks to its new, larger 3.7-liter V-6 engine paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. A V-8 edition, dubbed FX50, is also offered. The FX37 base price starts at $45,945 including a $995 destination charge, but with the addition of AWD (rear-wheel drive is standard) and a few option packages, our as-tested price ballooned to $57,250. To see the Infiniti FX37 base specs compared with the Cayenne, X6 and Acura ZDX, click here.

The Good
SUVs aren't usually known for their driving dynamics, but the FX is no ordinary all-wheel-drive SUV. Its sports-car roots make it one of the best-handling SUVs around, rewarding enthusiast drivers like few others can. With precise, sure-footed responses and weighty steering, you can tell there's something special about the FX37 the second you dive into a turn. This is an SUV that drags you into the experience of driving and doesn't let go. I like that.

Despite Infiniti's bump in horsepower — from 303 to 325 hp with the ne...

If there's a model that puts the sport in sport utility vehicle, it's the Infiniti FX. Riding on a platform shared with the Nissan 370Z, the Infiniti FX drives like a tall-riding sports car. The only other SUVs that come close to this kind of driving experience are the BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne.

While the 2013 Infiniti FX offers exceptional sportiness, it comes up short where utility is concerned, which limits its appeal.

We tested the V-6 version of the FX, whose name was changed to FX37 for the 2013 model year thanks to its new, larger 3.7-liter V-6 engine paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. A V-8 edition, dubbed FX50, is also offered. The FX37 base price starts at $45,945 including a $995 destination charge, but with the addition of AWD (rear-wheel drive is standard) and a few option packages, our as-tested price ballooned to $57,250. To see the Infiniti FX37 base specs compared with the Cayenne, X6 and Acura ZDX, click here.

The Good
SUVs aren't usually known for their driving dynamics, but the FX is no ordinary all-wheel-drive SUV. Its sports-car roots make it one of the best-handling SUVs around, rewarding enthusiast drivers like few others can. With precise, sure-footed responses and weighty steering, you can tell there's something special about the FX37 the second you dive into a turn. This is an SUV that drags you into the experience of driving and doesn't let go. I like that.

Despite Infiniti's bump in horsepower — from 303 to 325 hp with the new 3.7-liter V-6 — the Infiniti FX37 doesn't feel remarkably different in everyday driving compared with its predecessor, the FX35. Performance is more than adequate; there's significant reserve power for passing slower-moving trucks on the highway, making the V-8 FX50 unnecessary for all but the most power-hungry shoppers.

Despite the new V-6's greater power, gas mileage improves slightly. Our FX37 AWD is rated 16/22 mpg city/highway — 1 mpg better on the highway than the FX35.

The FX's swoopy concept-car looks have evolved since it debuted more than a decade ago, but its overall shape has remained much the same. From the outside it doesn't look like there's much room in the backseat, but when I got inside I was pleasantly surprised by good headroom and acceptable legroom, even for taller adults. It's a comfortable place to sit, and there's a reclining backrest, too.

The Not So Good
Though it doesn't come at the expense of backseat space, you do pay a visibility penalty for the FX's distinctive looks. Rear visibility is extremely limited thanks to a small rear window, and it can make backing out of a parking spot nerve-wracking. The standard backup camera makes things a little less stressful, but it's no substitute for the sense of confidence in your surroundings you get in a car with great natural visibility.

Ride quality in the Infiniti FX37 AWD isn't necessarily harsh, but you do get tossed around in the driver's seat a bit when traveling on rough pavement. It's a side effect of the FX's focus on handling dynamics, as the four-wheel independent suspension and our test car's optional 20-inch wheels and tires transmit a lot of information about the road to the cabin.

The FX has a spring-loaded, fold-flat second-row seat — a nice touch — but the combination of a high load floor and a low roofline — the Infiniti FX37 sits about 2.5 inches lower than a Cayenne — limit the FX's cargo-carrying versatility compared with taller luxury SUVs.

Safety
The FX received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top score, Good, for front- and rear-impact crash protection, the latter of which is a test of a vehicle's head restraints and the neck protection they offer. As of publication, the FX hasn't undergone the IIHS' side-impact or roof-strength tests.

Standard safety features include antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows and active front head restraints for whiplash protection.

For $2,950, Infiniti's optional Technology Package bundles a number of high-tech safety features including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, forward collision warning with automatic braking assistance, and front seat belts that tension automatically in the event of certain emergency driving situations. The package also includes Distance Control Assist, which helps maintain a safe following distance by making the gas pedal pulse or push back against your foot if you get too close to the back of a car. The selectable system will also automatically apply the brakes when you release the gas pedal to reestablish following distance.

For a full list of safety features, check out the Features & Specs page. To see how well child-safety seats fit in the FX, visit the Car Seat Check.

FX37 in the Market
There wasn't anything like the FX when it first appeared as a 2003 model, and even today there isn't much. Direct competitors like the X6 and ZDX have emerged, mimicking the Infiniti's styling approach — and in the case of the considerably more expensive X6, the driving experience too. Regardless, if you want the entertainment factor of a sports car along with some of the versatility of an SUV, the 
Infiniti FX37 still delivers.

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2013 FX37 Video

The sporty Infiniti FX37 just got sportier for 2013 as the luxury crossover gets a more powerful 325-horsepower V-6 along with improved fuel economy.

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

I like this car

by Zej from Alexandria on June 2, 2018

This is the first time that I have owned and infiniti. I therefore bought a used one. But perhaps the best part for this car is its safety and reliability. I was recently caught up in a storm in ... Read full review

(5.0)

I love this car!

by 808M3 from Big Island of Hawaii on January 20, 2018

I got this '13, fully optioned, at a good price. It had only 20k on it; practically new. Totally did not expect this level of feel from an Infinity product. I DD an M3 and don't ever regret driving my ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 INFINITI FX37 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 INFINITI FX37 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by INFINITI
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 model years/less than 70,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/unlimited mileage

  • Powertrain warranty

    72 months/70,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The FX37 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

C

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

C
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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