2011 INFINITI FX50

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Key Specs

of the 2011 INFINITI FX50. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance
  • Safety technologies
  • Premium features
  • Decent cabin materials
  • Well-equipped base model

The Bad

  • Cargo room
  • Somewhat cramped cabin
  • Visibility from the rear seat

Notable Features of the 2011 INFINITI FX50

  • 390-hp V-8
  • Seven-speed automatic
  • Seats five
  • Labyrinth of high-tech features
  • Standard power liftgate

2011 INFINITI FX50 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The original Infiniti FX explored the boundaries of sportiness in an SUV, though not without some drawbacks in utility. A 390-horsepower V-8 powers the FX50, while a 303-hp V-6 powers the FX35, which is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section. A number of luxury SUVs, from the Lexus RX 350 to the Mercedes M-Class, compete with the FX. All-wheel drive is standard on the FX50.

New for 2011
A power liftgate will become standard later in the model year, and black lacquer interior trim replaces maple accents as standard on the FX50.

Exterior
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

Interior
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 powe...
Vehicle Overview

The original Infiniti FX explored the boundaries of sportiness in an SUV, though not without some drawbacks in utility. A 390-horsepower V-8 powers the FX50, while a 303-hp V-6 powers the FX35, which is covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section. A number of luxury SUVs, from the Lexus RX 350 to the Mercedes M-Class, compete with the FX. All-wheel drive is standard on the FX50.

New for 2011
A power liftgate will become standard later in the model year, and black lacquer interior trim replaces maple accents as standard on the FX50.

Exterior
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

Interior
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

Under the Hood
The FX50's 5.0-liter V-8 makes 390 hp and teams with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical features include:

  • Premium gas
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • 3,500-pound towing capacity

Safety
Standard safety features include active head restraints, side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows. Traction control, an electronic stability system and four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are also standard. The FX50's brakes sport four-piston, aluminum front calipers hardware that suggests serious stopping performance.  Safety features include:

  • Optional lane departure warning system
  • Optional adaptive cruise control
  • Optional forward-warning system applies brakes in the event of an impending collision
  • Optional Around View Monitor system uses four cameras to create a bird's-eye view of the immediate surroundings

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Amzing . If you dont mind gas money

by Vadim Kaz from Milwaukee , WI on February 14, 2018

The only minus about the car is 15 mpg . Otherwise you will be the one of the head turners on the road! Read full review

(5.0)

Most fun to drive and amazing designed car

by Vadim Kaz from Milwaukee , WI on November 23, 2017

You have to drive it to feel the power of 400hp V8 engine . Very beautifully designed . Very comfortable Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 INFINITI FX50 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 INFINITI FX50 has not been tested.

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 FX50 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* 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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