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2012 Infiniti FX

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2012 Infiniti FX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.0

When introduced in early 2003, the Infiniti FX brought to the market an over-the-top look that was unlike any sport-utility-type vehicle previously available, and the second generation was even more extreme. Now, the 2012 Infiniti FX receives a forward-looking face in combination with what is described as an all-new FX Limited Edition. After several years of using the same basic architecture, time for a new FX approaches but, for the present, you can't disregard the emotional pull of a classic.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you enjoy combining maximum performance – especially when equipped with Infiniti's 5.0-liter V8 – with a modicum of utility, the FX Infiniti delivers fully on that promise, and does so at a price point below its Euro competition.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those seeking a reasonable balance of "sport" and "utility" may be disappointed in the 2012 Infiniti FX, as its sporting attributes and in-your-face design tend to overwhelm the utility portion of that blend. That said, it provides more versatility than Infiniti's G37 while occupying a much smaller footprint than the large Infiniti QX56.

What's New for 2012

For 2012 the Infiniti FX has a new front grille and fascia inspired, we're told, by Infiniti's Essence Concept. There's a new FX35 Limited Edition, built atop the FX35 all-wheel drive (AWD) platform; and new wheel designs, a new color and a slight remixing of option packages sum up the substantive changes for this model year.

Driving the FX

Driving Impressions The 2012 Infiniti FX's appearance is a blend of sport ute and sports coupe, and the chassis builds on that stylistic premise. Even at its most opulent, the...

FX50 AWD carries but 53-percent of its approximately 4,500 pounds on the front end – not a lot by sport utility standards. A 2012 FX35 with rear-wheel drive is some 400 pounds lighter, and that lighter weight is distributed 51/40 front/rear. In short, a balanced chassis, all-independent suspension and responsive powertrains combine to make the FX a good handler within the segment of sport utility vehicles. That performance capability is enhanced by a driver's cockpit designed to complement a driver's sporting aspirations, with a smallish steering wheel and performance-oriented gauge package. Finally, with over seven inches of ground clearance you can get to the trailhead, although you may not wish to navigate same with your FX; better to take the mountain bike.
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3.5 Liter DOHC V6
Since its introduction, Nissan's 3.5-liter V6 has been a sweet spot in its family of engines. And, while wishing the engineering team had adapted the larger 3.7-liter V6 (found in the G37) for the 2012 Infiniti FX, we continue to like its balance of high horsepower with relatively low weight, compact design and reasonable efficiency.

In-Your-Face Sheetmetal
Rarely does a corporation embrace a love-it-or-leave-it exterior design, but Infiniti threw stylistic caution to the wind tunnel with the debut of the FX. And, while we found the refreshening in 2008 more disarming than the original, there seems to be some semblance of restraint with the new front fascia for the 2012 Infiniti FX. Kudos, then, to Infiniti's risk-taking corporate culture.

2012 Infiniti FX Details
2012 Infiniti FX photo Interior

You step up, as with an SUV, to get into the Infiniti FX interior but, once there, driver and passenger are enveloped by a cocoon yof luxury fully appropriate to the FX price point (roughly $44K to $60K), and fully inappropriate to the more conventional entries in the segment. Although not as extreme as the exterior might suggest, the FX interior remains daring within a competitive arena that's generally focused on a balance of design and utility. And, although the seating area is reasonably generous, a driver-centric cockpit and a (relatively) small amount of cargo volume make this a more personal expression of the SUV experience. Beyond its cubic volume is cubic technology, especially when fitted with one or two of the optional packages. The centerpiece of the Premium Package is the Hard Drive Navigation, which also includes Streaming Audio via Bluetooth wireless technology and Around View Monitor with front and rear sonar system. The Deluxe Touring Package includes maple accents and quilted leather-appointed seats. Equip your FX50 with the Sport Package and you'll enjoy sport-style front seats and solid magnesium paddle shifters.

Exterior
2012 Infiniti FX photo

With a new grille and front fascia, the 2012 Infiniti FX enjoys a mid-cycle freshening that has stayed true to the design team's original intent. The new look is softer than the previous FX, but you'll not confuse this Infiniti with your cousin's Nissan Rogue. Despite the new face, the general overall proportions remain the same; sheetmetal below the beltline is barely able to contain the wheel-and-tire package (especially when the FX is equipped with 20-inch wheels), while topside the greenhouse looks slightly undersized relative to the SUV's stance. Its overall look may or not play at the neighborhood Walmart, but should be absolutely perfect on Rodeo Drive.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Befitting both the category and Infiniti's pack-it-with-value mantra, both the FX35 and the FX50 benefit from a wide array of standard features. On the outside it includes High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, a power moonroof, power rear liftgate, rear privacy glass and dual exhaust. Inside there's even more, beginning with dual-zone automatic temperature control, rear-seat heating and cooling vents, leather-appointed seating, 10-way power driver's seat, 8-way power passenger's seat, black lacquer interior trim and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The FX50 moves the needle a few notches higher, with quilted-leather upholstery, advanced climate control, tonneau cover and entry/exit assist for driver's seat and steering wheel.

Optional Equipment

First and foremost – in our view – is the availability of all-wheel drive on what was designed as a rear-wheel drive (RWD) platform, giving you all-season capability with AWD and a performance orientation on dry roads. When fitted with all-wheel drive, the FX35 still has only a little over half of its weight on the front wheels, in stark contrast with many crossovers suffering from a 60/40 front/rear imbalance. Most options are bundled into packages. The Premium Package includes navigation, XM NavTraffic and NavWeather, 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth. The Deluxe Touring Package (FX35 only) builds on all that's inside with 20-inch alloy wheels, maple interior accents, climate-controlled front seats and quilted leather-appointed seating. The Technology Package includes Intelligent Cruise Control, Intelligent Brake Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Distance Control Assist. The Sport Package ups the ante for 2012 Infiniti FX50 drivers wanting to take on BMW X6 drivers, with Continuous Damping Control, Rear Active Steer and various sporting upgrades.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Infiniti FX35 is powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 engine as in previous models; with 303 horsepower, it's all the FX really needs. Status and speed will lure many to the more expensive 5.0-liter V8, which employs Infiniti's Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) technology to maximize fuel economy and performance. Rated at 390 horsepower, the V8 provides a big increase in power over the V6 without much difference in fuel economy. Both engines are connected to a 7-speed automatic transmission with both manual-shift mode and Adaptive Shift Control.

3.5-liter V6
303 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 (RWD), 16/21 (AWD)

5.0-liter V8
390 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20

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2012 Infiniti FX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.0
Out of 10

Based on 51 Ratings for the 2009 - 2013 models.

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

Excellent Automobile

By on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"2010 FX35 (Fully Loaded - It has everything) I am thoroughly impressed with this car. I really have nothing but good things to say. It handles great and it's very fun to drive on long trips. My FX has served me well. My wife wanted the Lexus RX 350 but after I bought this car for myself, she has taken over and I really don't get to drive the car except on long trips. When I remind her about the RX she denies ever wanting one. I hope when Infiniti decides to make major changes to this car that everything will be for the best, if that is possible. You can't go wrong unless you want a softer ride without the handling."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Great vehicle for the money

By on Saturday, January 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

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: "everything"

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

"I am happy to say that this is the 4th FX that I have owned. The FX is equipped with many standard features that are "extras" in other vehicles within it's class. As far as safety, I cannot be more thankful that I own an FX. In 2008, I was hit by someone that was under the influence. The FX took the impact but with the safety features, kept me alive. I highly recommend the FX (QX70) to anyone looking for a luxury crossover."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Nice Upgrade for FX-35 But Some Major Drawbacks

By on Thursday, January 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Styling, handling, & Inifiti ownership experience"

Cons: "Interior comfort and some trans probs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought this vehicle one year ago, having owned an FX-35 for almost 10 years (one of the original models!). I loved my FX-35 but just wanted some of the new features like Nav and Bluetooth connectivity that weren't widely available in 2003. And I do like those new features, as well the general power, handling and responsiveness of the car. I have had trouble with the transmission, especially shifting into reverse in cold weather. Also, there is an intermittent problem where the panel lights don't come on which requires cycling on/off the headlights to fix. My biggest complaint is the interior, which seems considerably less plush and comfortable than in my FX. Even a year into the driver's seat is hard and the leather is stiff. And in my particular case, I need to have ZERO lumbar curve in the seat; the FX-35 setting allowed me to get the lumbar curve totally out of the seat, but the FX-37 keeps some curve in there even on lowest setting, which hurts my back over long driving periods."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great looks, great ride, great options.

By on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great looks. Great ride - smooth yet tight."

Cons: "phone voice commands, tight rear seat legroom."

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

"Bought the FX two weeks ago. Did a lot of research. Got it for under Blue Book plus a brand new set of tires. Love it. Some reviews from owners complained of the 7 speed automatic of shifting too much. Hello? This is because it's adapting to the most efficient gear for best mileage. My previous vehicle, 2010 Ford Edge, had a six speed auto and did the same thing. My wife's 2013 CRV has a five speed auto and also does the same thing. Get over it or get a different car. The only complaint is the phone / Bluetooth does not recognize my voice command for dialing one of the names from my handset phone book. Infinity said it's because I have Verizon instead of AT&T. It works some of the time but not all of the time. Anyone else have this issue?"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Improved from 07. Great design. Weak shift pat.

By on Saturday, December 14, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Curb appeal. Sweet drivers zone. Build quality."

Cons: "Pricy. Soft shift pattern. Limited cargo space."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Pricy but would consider another. Excellent quality/fit/finish inside and out. Like the timeless design and in all black(big time). Feels very solid but typical SUV harsh on some pavement. GPS and phone difficult and not intuitive.(still learning) Nav. manual is massive! Don't like the compass delete on the mirror because of Nav. All other controls excellent and quick. Would like an upgrade wheel package. Poor shift pattern (unpredictable)at various RPM. Is 7 speed too many? Plenty of power and torque. Big improvement over my 07 in all ways. Driver/seat/steering/windscreen relationship is excellent. Perfect seat adjustments. Nice car and everyone doesn't have one. Pleasant dealer relationship."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Infiniti FX37 Is The King !!!

By on Friday, April 19, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700

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

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

"I test drove everything from a Ford Edge, HondaCRV, Acura to RangeRover Evoque and BMWX5 Nothing came close to FX37 It looks and drives amazing!!! Love my new car!!! You must test drive one!!!"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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