2012 INFINITI FX35 vs. Its Competition

2011 Infiniti FX35 RWD 4-door Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

When the FX was first introduced a number of years ago, it was the only performance utility vehicle, aside from the Porsche Cayenne, which has always had a more conventional profile.

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.

And to add another possibility, the Acura ZDX takes the 'coupelike' idea a step further, with an especially low roofline and 'hidden' rear doors.

Finally, for those who want better mileage and a little more practicality, look at the brand-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque.

It's one of our favorites, especially for those who spend a lot of time in the city.

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8.2
The 2012 Infiniti FX35 and FX50 look like they sacrifice some practicality in the name of a sexy design and scorching performance—and that's exactly the case.
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8.6
The 2012 Audi Q7 has what upscale suburban families want: a lavish interior, a cabin full of premium features, and performance and ride that are very carlike--plus serious towing ability if and when you need it.
8.2
The 2012 BMW X6 is no longer alone in the coupe-like SUV market, but it remains one of the best options, for its performance, luxury, utility, and style.
7.8
An impressive performer both on and off-road, the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover Sport has the broadest reach of any luxury SUV we know.
8.2
The era of truly coupe-like SUVs dawns, finally, and the 2012 Range Rover Evoque nails it with turbo thrust and carlike handling.
MSRP From     
$43,700$46,120$46,250$59,600$60,045$41,145
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Supercharged Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I6Gas V8Turbocharged Gas I4
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility 4WD
Style Name     
RWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium PlusAWD 4-Door 35i4WD 4-Door HSE LUX5-Door HB Pure Plus
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
557455
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/A4
Body Style     
4 Door SUV4 Door Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle4dr Sports Activity CoupeSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/CommandShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift