Driven: 2009 Infiniti FX35 Page 2

July 2, 2009

2009 Infiniti FX35

No matter which FX model, steering feel is about as communicative as it gets in a utility vehicle, and brakes are firm and responsive but not touchy. The 2009 Infiniti FX35 handles well—really well for a taller vehicle—and weighs just 4,094 pounds, but buyers should beware that the FX50 weighs nearly 500 pounds more than the base FX35. Although TheCarConnection.com hasn't yet driven the FX35 and FX50 back to back, this reviewer did with the last-generation FX and noted that the FX35 felt more balanced in hard corners, and more nimble in general, than the former FX45—possibly a reminder that the V-6 model has a better weight distribution.

All the while, the FX has great poise without feeling tanklike, and a ride that's firm without being at all jarring. And unlike Infiniti's G and M sport sedans, the FX's interior doesn't become much noisier on coarse road surfaces.

The RWD FX35 has the best fuel economy of any of the FX models, at 16 mpg city, 23 highway (ranging down to 14/20 for the FX50); we saw a respectable but not stellar 17 mpg in about 100 miles of mostly around-town driving in the FX35.

There's no question the 2009 Infiniti FX is even more enjoyable to drive than before. It really is still cool, too; it's just trying a little harder.

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