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2008 Infiniti FX

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2008 Infiniti FX Review

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Infiniti's FX35 and FX45 crossover SUVs actually look more like sports cars than light-duty trucks. The racy FX twins definitely stand out in a crowd, but their flashy design sometimes places form over function. The rear hatch opening, for example, is rather small and there is not much cargo space behind the second-row seats. Narrow side glass and a small rear window create large blind spots, although the standard RearView Monitor helps alleviate this concern. If you can live with these minor shortcomings, the 2008 Infiniti FX's impressive handling and quick acceleration make them the ideal performance crossovers, with expressive exteriors that can definitely turn heads.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you love the feel of a sport sedan but need something that can also carry a bit more cargo, offers all-wheel drive and looks likes no other crossover SUV on the planet, the 2008 FX35 and FX45 may very well appeal to you.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You may not like the FX if you have to carry both cargo and passengers. Some of the FX's more attractive options are grouped into pricey packages and cannot be ordered separately. And the cost of replacing the huge 18- and 20-inch tires every 30,000 miles will not likely be inexpensive.

What's New for 2008

Major changes for the 2008 FX series include new interior and exterior color combinations and the addition of standard XM Satellite Radio.

Driving the FX

Driving Impressions The 2008 Infiniti FX shares its basic platform with one of Infiniti's most aggressive performance sedans: The G35. This platform creates a nearly perfect front-to-rear weight ratio that allows the...

fully independent suspension to work superbly. In the FX45, an enormous set of 20-inch wheels and tires delivers a secure connection to the road. While their grip is not in question, the firm ride of these round rubber giants might be somewhat unsettling. Once under way, the FX's steering is tight and linear, responding instantly to the driver's input while the sophisticated suspension keeps the FX nearly level in all but the most extreme cornering maneuvers. The steering can feel a bit heavy due to the large tires, and tight turning circles are not what the FX does best.

RearView Monitor
A rear backup camera allows you to see beyond the narrow rear window.

Interior Colors
The FX's optional Brick or Espresso leather interiors offer a welcome respite from the usual black, tan and gray.

2008 Infiniti FX Details
2008 Infiniti FX photo Interior

The FX interior has sort of a cocoon-like atmosphere. The front passengers sit low, and the big dash seems to tower over them. The seats are wonderful, as is the clever motorized instrument cluster that moves with the tilt and telescopic wheel. Rear passengers have plenty of legroom, but may find headroom a bit tight. Cargo space behind the rear seat is minimal, but handy rear-seat levers let you fold the rear seats without having to reach into the cargo hold to release them.}

Exterior

Infiniti describes the FX as a "Bionic Cheetah." The 20-inch wheels (standard on the FX45) seem enormous given the vehicle's short wheelbase and, with its short hood and minimal rear overhang, the FX in the side view seems to be all side doors and big wheel wells. The step-in height is low enough that entry and exit are easy, but the squat rear doors require tall passengers to watch their heads.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2008 Infiniti FX35's standard features include a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift and snow-mode feature, rear-wheel drive, power windows, power locks, heated power mirrors, heated leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), stability control, fog lights, keyless entry, bi-xenon headlamps, 300-watt 11-speaker Bose audio with iPod accessory and a six-disc MP3-compatible CD changer, XM Satellite Radio, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, RearView Monitor, 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support and memory, head-curtain and front side-impact airbags, cruise control, 18-inch alloy wheels, traction control and rear wiper. The FX45 adds a 320 horsepower 4.5-liter V8 engine, 20-inch wheels, all-wheel drive, power sunroof, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, automatic headlamps, aluminum roof rails and a Sport suspension.

Optional Equipment

Options for the FX include all-wheel drive (FX35), Intelligent Key and a rear-seat DVD player. Both models offer a Technology Package that includes DVD navigation, Lane Departure Warning system and Intelligent Cruise Control (requires Hands-Free package which includes Intelligent Key and Bluetooth Hands-Free communication).

Under the Hood

The FX35's 3.5-liter V6 has all the power this vehicle needs and delivers reasonably good fuel economy. The extra cost of the V8 is hard to justify considering you can load the FX35 with every option imaginable for the price of a base FX45.

3.5-liter V6
275 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
268 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 (RWD), 15/20 (AWD)

4.5-liter V8
320 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17

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2008 Infiniti FX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 281 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.4/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Great worry Free SUV

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Smoothe and Powerful"

Cons: "NO USB or Aux Port"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This car has been reliable and great. Technology is Lacking a little, but overall a comfortable, powerful ride."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Excellent car--2 flaws

By on Friday, May 16, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable, safe, solid, great torque"

Cons: "Poor gas mileage, heated fan air"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I've driven my FX35 for 10 years. It handles well but you must maintain Bridgestone original tires for performance handling. Michelin tires caused it to fishtail on damp roads, something you never experience with the Bridgestone high performance tires. Flaw 1: There is no such thing as a fan with air that comes in from outside. It is automatically heated as it comes through the engine so you will always have hot air coming in. Service dept. admitted it was a design flaw. This means you might need A/C in cold months if it gets too warm in the car. Flaw 2: Gas mileage is far worse than any comparable small SUV. Lexus SUV gets 25-28. I get 16 mpg on a good day. Right now, getting 14.8 with A/C on doing surface street and some freeway driving. That's not good if you drive a lot every day. Otherwise a very good car. As for repairs, the actuators in the 4 doors have to be replaced, described by my dealer as "lazy"--sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. I have 2 doors which sometimes open with my remote or interior door lock switch and sometimes they close or open part way so you have to do it manually. I replaced a sun roof mechanism within warranty once. Practically nothing else in 10 years. So it's for the most part very reliable."

6 people out of 10 found this review helpful

A fabulous vehicle

By on Monday, April 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 261,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great looks, reliable and fun to drive"

Cons: "No real issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car (ok, crossover) new in 2005. I have since put over 250,000 miles on it and love it just as much as the day I bought it. Reliable (obviously), fun to drive, lots of options, great looks."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Flawless vehicle except for unhtd steering wheel.

By on Saturday, April 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Handling, maintenance, quality, luxury, power."

Cons: "Need to have heated steering wheel."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Best, most reliable, best handling, vehicle i've ever had. Low maintenance, excellent performance. Hands down beats my prior owned BMW in all respects. Will not hesitate to get another. Quality all the way."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Fun little SUV--beware blind spots

By on Thursday, April 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, good bang for the buck"

Cons: "Semi-uncomfortable, blind spots."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this car and immediately drove 3000 miles to Alaska. It handled beautifully in the areas with snow; the traction control and all wheel drive made it possible for me to go the speed limit (or just below) in areas with packed snow. Considering it was only me and I don't own very much stuff, I was able to comfortably sleep in the back with both seats down. That being said, I've never had to sit in the back seat, but it doesn't look overly comfortable--the seats are extremely rigid and I would say that there isn't a ton of leg room behind the driver/passenger seats. I do find it a bit tricky to do city driving in this rig, as the blind spots are really noticeable. It keeps me on my toes and has me triple checking everywhere before I do anything."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Best suv

By on Sunday, April 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 89,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Had a range rover before this SUV and loved them both but I have to say I would take the infiniti over the rover anyday because of the reliability. Both very similar, but never have to worry about anything but routine maintenance on this car, and that's what I was looking for. Will probably drive this fx35 forever! Bought it used with 80,000 miles but it's like brand new! I love it. Highly recommended"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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