By KBB.com Editors
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
390 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg
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.
By gjv on Sunday, July 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "power, paddle shifting fun, handling excellent"
Cons: "tire noise"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My FX35 is an incredible sports/luxury car with no mechanical problems and even will average 22 mpg driven freeways 72-74 mph. Accessories like AC seats, paddle manual/auto rev shifting and 7 speed trans really amazing."
14 people out of 24 found this review helpful
By Terry on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,200overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Performance and features for the $"
Cons: "None for me"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Living in Miami and being a father of 2 children I was forced to make a decision on a new purchase. I am pretty extreme... meaning if I drive a car it is sports car. My idea of a sports car is 2 seats and no space. If not I prefer a full size 4x4 pickup. Well, 2 kids and the sports car is out and wife is sick of my trucks. What is left? The sportiest SUVish kinda vehicle. I spent a year searching for what would work for me. Something with mass luxury, serious acceleration, and good road holding abilities. I opted out of a family car for the low height (or low view) on the road. In Miami or any major city I think it is a necessity to see more than just the tail of the car in front of you. I like to watch 5-10 cars ahead. I drove the X6, RX, the new LR Evoque, and the ML. For the money none could match the options and performance of the FX37. I got the limited edition so it has some cool features and beautiful paint. Of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Some love the FX others hate the styling. I really like!! The Limited Edition came with the 21" wheels which I love, but be warned it does increase the ride stiffness even more. It doesn't bother me one bit, but I know many reviews complain about the stiff ride. If any of you think the way I do I recommend at least giving it a test drive."
11 people out of 20 found this review helpful
By Boxins on Saturday, June 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, love the navigation"
Cons: "No personal space"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've wanted an FX for a long time. Last year I finally got one. The car is fantastic to drive. I particularly like the voice activated features. This car actually understand me when I speak Okie! The fuel mileage could probably be better but let's be honest, nobody buys this car for mpg. The only real complaint I have is the same with all smaller vehicles today, there is nowhere to put anything! My purse has to go in back if I have a passenger and forget having a place to dump change or other odds and ends. Aside from that, drive and enjoy!"
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful