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7.0
/ 10
On Safety
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$39,338
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$42,600
On Safety
Although crash-test info is slim, a full feature set and active safety technologies appeal to those who enjoy driving but want to stay safe.
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'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' rear impact
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The FX's high window sills, curvaceous hood, and tiny rear window potentially make simple low-speed actions, such as parallel parking, into nerve-racking ordeals. Infiniti's answer to this is the Around View Monitor (AVM).
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Using these systems, the FX35 can brake and accelerate on its own, and it can even provide small steering inputs using the brakes.
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While there isn't much to go on in terms of crash-test results, what's available is good news. While the 2011 Infiniti FX hasn't been crash-tested by the federal government—and it likely won't be because of its relatively low sales—the insurance-funded Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has, and gave it top 'good' ratings for frontal and rear impact (although they also didn't test it for side impact).

In addition, the FX35 and FX50 have all the safety features that buyers of this type of vehicle should expect: standard front side airbags, side-curtain bags that protect outboard front and rear passengers, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.

There are also a few high-tech options that might help avoid an accident in the first place. Lane Departure Prevention follows lane markings on the road, notifies the driver, and can even apply the brakes lightly, while an advanced cruise control system can bring the FX to a complete stop if traffic slows.

Visibility is of course an issue, as you might guess given the curvy body and thick rear pillars, but it's not as bad as you might think. Since the FX isn't as high as other crossovers and SUVs, so you're more at street level. Get the optional Around View Monitor, and it helps a lot with parking, showing an overhead view of the vehicle.

Conclusion

Although crash-test info is slim, a full feature set and active safety technologies appeal to those who enjoy driving but want to stay safe.

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