Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Infiniti FX is a luxury crossover that emphasizes sportiness over utility. It is sold as the V-6-powered FX37, covered in a separate report in the Cars.com Research section, and as the V-8-powered FX50. It competes with a number of luxury crossovers, from the Lexus RX 350 to the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and BMW X5. All-wheel drive is standard on the FX50, and the FX37 is available with rear- or all-wheel drive.
New for 2013
There are no significant changes to the FX50.
Exterior
The FX's beady headlights and rakish profile 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 high-intensity-discharge 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, and a ledge just below the windshield curls around to the windowsills. Air-conditioning and stereo controls sit below an available navigation display in the center control panel. The leather seats are available with quilted center inserts. Heated and ventilated power front seats are standard. Interior features include:

  • Standard reclining rear seat
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard dual-zone climate control
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Standard USB input for MP3 players
  • Bose stereo

Under the Hood
The FX50's 5.0-liter V-8 makes 390 horsepower and teams with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The transmission has adaptive shift control, which adjusts shift points based on how the car is driven. Mechanical features include: 

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

Safety
Standard safety features include active front 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 have four-piston, aluminum front calipers, hardware that suggests serious stopping performance. Safety features include:

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