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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|16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Supercharged Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I6||Gas V8||Turbocharged Gas I4|
|2WD Sport Utility||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility 4WD|
|RWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.0T Premium Plus||AWD 4-Door 35i||4WD 4-Door HSE GT Limited Edition||5-Door HB Pure Plus|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SUV||Sport Utility Vehicle||4dr Sports Activity Coupe||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic||Automatic w/CommandShift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|