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2013 Infiniti FX

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2013 Infiniti FX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

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, stressing as it did sporting performance and expressive style over the utility of passenger and cargo accommodation. After two facelifts, the most recent just last year, the 2013 Infiniti FX37 and FX50 have gained a little more elegance and perhaps more restrained lines (or have we grown used to them?), but they continue to be more about a bold look with a driving experience to match than dutifully transporting lots of people and their gear. The FX qualifies as a sport-utility vehicle, but it is clearly more sport than utility.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you enjoy combining striking style and serious performance with a modicum of utility, the FX Infiniti delivers on that promise, and does so at a price well below its German competition.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those seeking a reasonable balance of "sport" and "utility" may be disappointed in the 2013 Infiniti FX, as its utility is compromised in favor of sporting attributes and strong design.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.9
  • 7.1
  • 6.7
  • 7.1
  • 6.7
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#27

out of 50

Fuel Economy

#12

out of 50

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

9.0 out of 10
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2013 Infiniti FX Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

The Infiniti FX35 becomes the FX37 for 2013, as a more advanced, more powerful and more efficient 3.7-liter V6 replaces the former 3.5. A new Moving Object Detection capability is added to the Around View Monitor system. And a Limited Edition trim (550 units) of the FX37 is also available.

Driving the FX
2013 Infiniti FX Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2013 Infiniti FX's exterior shape sacrifices some utility in the name of sporting character, and the rest of the vehicle does the same. Even at its most opulent, the...

FX50 all-wheel driver (AWD) carries but 53 percent of its approximately 4,500 pounds on the front end – not a lot by sport-utility standards. A balanced chassis plus all-independent suspension and lively powertrains, all tuned for stability and response rather than quiet comfort, make for a fine-handling car, never mind it's a sport-utility vehicle. The new 325-horsepower V6 is plenty capable and the 390-hosepower 5.0 V8 feels downright fast. The 7-speed automatic has an effective manual-shift mode than includes a nice throttle blip on downshifts. With over seven inches of ground clearance you can certainly get to the trailhead, though you may not want to carry on into the rocks and creek beds.
Favorite Features

3.7-LITER DOHC V6
Nissan's all-aluminum, 4-valve-per-cylinder V6 has long been a sweetheart of an engine. The larger 3.7-liter version (already used in the Infiniti G, Nissan Z and others) carries on the tradition, with even more power and efficiency to go with its smooth, free-revving character.

IN-YOUR-FACE SHEETMETAL
Rarely does a big car company embrace a love-it-or-leave-it exterior design, but Infiniti went all in with the original styling of the FX. Some restraint – and with it, more elegance – has crept in with the intervening facelifts, but the 2013 Infiniti FX is still a powerful aesthetic statement.

2013 Infiniti FX Details
2013 Infiniti FX Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

You step up, as with any SUV, to enter the Infiniti FX, but once inside, it feels more like a swoopy sports sedan. Though not as daringly styled as the exterior, the FX cabin is still quite unusual among SUVs, whose cabins are generally laid out for utility and functionality first. In the FX, a driver-centric cockpit with a pronounced center-stack design confirms the message that this thing is for driving first, and although the folding rear seatbacks add flexibility for hauling cargo, the reality is rear-seat and load-deck space is just not very generous.

Exterior
2013 Infiniti FX photo

The Infiniti FX's look has softened some over the years but you still won't confuse it with your cousin's Nissan Rogue. The sheetmetal below the beltline is barely able to contain the wheel-and-tire package (especially with the 20- or 21-inch wheels) while topside the greenhouse looks slightly undersized relative to the rest of the SUV's expanse. Fenders bulge not so subtly, there are aero-look details front and rear, and the headlight and taillight treatments (new last year) are distinctive. The sleek shape squeezes cargo and passenger space in back, but that's the FX proposition.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Befitting the category and Infiniti's pack-it-with-value mantra, both the FX37 and the FX50 benefit from a wide array of standard features. This includes High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights, a power moonroof, power rear liftgate and privacy glass. 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 up a few notches with quilted-leather upholstery, advanced climate control and entry/exit assist on the driver's seat and steering wheel.

Optional Equipment

Most FX 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 (FX37 only) has 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 FX50 drivers with Continuous Damping Control, Rear Active Steer and other sporting upgrades.

Under the Hood
2013 Infiniti FX Engine photo

For 2013, the FX's V6 engine grows from 3.5 liters to 3.7, and benefits from Variable Valve Event and Lift (VVEL) technology to optimize power, efficiency and emissions. With 325 horsepower, it's all the FX really needs. Status and speed will lure many to the more expensive 5.0-liter V8. Rated at 390 horsepower, the V8 provides a significant increase in power over the V6 without a huge penalty in fuel economy. Both engines are connected to a 7-speed automatic transmission with both manual-shift mode and Adaptive Shift Control. The FX37 is available as a rear-driver (RWD) or with all-wheel drive (AWD); the FX50 is AWD only.

3.7-liter V6
325 horsepower @ 7,000 rpm
267 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (RWD), 16/22 mpg (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 mpg

Pricing Notes

A base 2013 Infiniti FX37 with RWD starts at just over $45,000, while AWD adds $1,450. The FX50 with AWD standard has a base of $61,600, and can top $68,000 with its Sports Technology Package and a good selection of accessories. The FX35 AWD Limited Edition model costs $53,700, for as long as they last (only 550 units are slated for production). The Acura ZDX has a similar price spread – $47,000 to $57,000 – while offering even less utility. The Audi Q7, BMW X6 and Porsche Cayenne are similarly priced to start but they can quickly accelerate toward $100,000. Check KBB's Fair Purchase Price to see transaction prices for the 2013 Infiniti FX in your area. Residual values for the FX should be roughly the same as those of the Cayenne and Q7, but below those of BMW's X6.

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2013 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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