With a similar philosophy to the Infiniti FX—a coupelike body with crossover capability—the BMW X6 is also very enjoyable to drive, but it’s far more expensive than the FX, less spacious inside, and less distinctive.
The Audi Q7 is a step in the other direction; it feels a bit more like a traditional SUV, with more rugged ability, though it has a beautiful interior and an available third-row seat.
There’s also a TDI diesel V-6 that delivers great performance along with fuel economy in the low- to mid-20 mpg range.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is also worth considering.
The Sport received a rather thorough redesign last year, with a new engine and fully refitted interior; it doesn’t have a particularly roomy interior either, but the Land Rover’s British heritage and hunkered-down boxier look stand as a polar-opposite styling alternative to the curvy, organic shapes in the FX.
|2011 Infiniti FX35||2011 Audi Q7||2011 BMW X6||2011 Land Rover Range Rover Sport|
|$42,600Browse Used Listings||$46,250Browse Used Listings||$57,000Browse Used Listings||$59,645Browse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V8|
|2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|RWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus||AWD 4-Door 35i||4WD 4-Door HSE|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||4-Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SUV||4 Door SUV||4dr Sports Activity Coupe||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|