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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.
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 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.
Major changes for the 2008 FX series include new interior and exterior color combinations and the addition of standard XM Satellite Radio.
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.
A rear backup camera allows you to see beyond the narrow rear window.
The FX's optional Brick or Espresso leather interiors offer a welcome respite from the usual black, tan and gray.
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.
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.
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).
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.
275 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
268 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 (RWD), 15/20 (AWD)
320 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17
By AC on Saturday, September 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Sporty, fast, great design and overall quality"
Cons: "Not a lot of cargo room or space in the backseat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great véhicule, still draws attention everywhere we go. Fast, sporty drive, comfortable yet not very family oriented. Great buy!"
3 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By To on Thursday, August 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 146,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Comfortable, reliable and stylish"
Cons: "Gas eater"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"This is a great vehicle to own. It's reliable and comfortable and great body style. The only thing is it's a gas guzzler, 16 on highway and 12-14 street driving. This is one of the best cars I have owned."
7 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Bob on Saturday, August 09, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great hwy car and front seat leg room"
Cons: "Premiun gas, below avg mileage."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Love the feel of the car on the hwy, good road sense, stable, responsive and quiet. V6 has plenty of power. The best front seat leg room of any production car (the V6, not the V8), which is why I bought it in 2008. Need to be careful as rear blind spot to either side is real, look twice before changing lanes. Uses premium gas - boo! And mileage is 15 around town, 20 on the hwy."
8 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By Fix effects on Sunday, August 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, reliable"
Cons: "Gas mileage could be better. I get around 18.5."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Most reliable car owned. CD player a problem. Dealer replaced 2 times-still an issue. Great ride-fun to drive. carrying capacity is great. Purchased new in 2003 and still going strong. With fluid changes and replacement of the cv boots, it will then go my son."
4 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By Sariesfin on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
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."
10 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Babs on Friday, May 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
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."
9 people out of 15 found this review helpful