January 15, 2013
If you are looking for an inexpensive ride, this will probably not be your choice, but this SUV is sharp looking and is a real performer. When my Monte Carlo SS got totaled, I started looking for a luxury perofrmance sedan. A consumer magazine suggested the Infiniti M series, but I saw the FX series at the dealership. After trying to get a reasonable price and delivery date for the vehicle I wanted (the salesman kept trying to sell me what they had on the lot), I started looking at used vehicles. While I had been interested in a new FX37, 2013 is the first year for that model. I then started considering a used FX50, with 390hp instead of 325 for the FX37 at a cost of 2mpg for the AWD. The FX50 base model comes with the equipment I had to pay extra for on the FX37. This thing moves--and has the luxury I was looking for. I purchased a 2009 model for approximately 1/2 the cost of a 2013 model. The reviews and specs are consistent with my experience (mileage and performance). The ride about town is a bit stiff and I've had to relearn my foot control on the accelerator. My FX50 has the heated/cooled seats I wanted, the seats are extremely comfortable as is the seating position. On the open road ride is much smoother and comfortable. I use my old iPhone 3G as an iPod. The FX50 has an iPhone connector in the console, but it does not charge the 3G or my new iPod-nano, even with the adapters (the first negative on this vehicle--bummer) even though the system controls DO work. Dealer says there is no solution in the works. If you can live with these negatives (vehicle has CD player, MusicBox (which must be loaded from CDs) and compact flash player for music options in addition to the iPod connection (sans charging)), this is a fun car to drive.