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STYLING | 8 out of 10
The cabin has the same high dashboard as did the original FX
the 2009 Infiniti FX is redesigned, gaining freshened styling
has Infiniti stepped in the right direction with its FX redesign...?
first things first -- the FX looks pissed
The CarConnection.com researched a wide range of reviews across the Web. And when it comes to the FX, Infiniti has made a love-it-or-hate-it vehicle even more divisive.
“The FX styling was always a polarizing issue,” the Associated Press writes.
According to Cars.com, "The FX's beady headlights and snout-nosed grille are at least as controversial as those elements on its predecessor -- if not more so." But the taillights and the bumper of the 2009 Infiniti FX haven't changed much and are "are comparatively easier to swallow." Cars.com reviewers like the fact that "the leather seats can come with quilted center inserts."
ConsumerGuideAuto gives the 2009 Infiniti FX a high evaluation for styling because the "leather upholstery, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, keyless entry and starting, and a rearview camera are standard," while Motor Trend states that "the 2009 Infiniti FX expands upon the first generation model with a more aggressive, almost angry look."
“Its low-slung body, rounded corners, short overhangs, and sinewy lines set it apart from boxy SUVs,” Motor Trend continues. “The easiest way to spot a new FX is by looking at its nose. The longer, sharklike snout's sculpted headlights flank a trapezoidal grille filled with horizontal dark-chrome waves. It's not a face everyone will love at first sight.”
Autoblog says the 2009 Infiniti FX “looks pissed. Not angry in a 'you used Equal instead of Splenda in my soy vanilla latte,' but more of a 'if you don't give me your chocolate, your money and your first born, I'm going to channel Ghenghis Khan and get 13th century on your ass.'” Automobile is a bit more genteel about the new FX Infiniti: “we think it's a striking design and a worthwhile follow-up to the iconic first-generation vehicle.”
Inside, the 2009 Infiniti FX's interior “is a big step up from the FX45's,” Automobile adds, “with the same sort of ‘double-wave’ instrument panel that has appeared in other recent Infiniti products.”
TheCarConnection.com has driven the new 2009 Infiniti FX, and thinks it’s one of the most exciting-looking sport-utes around. It may seem like a subtle renovation of the existing crossover, but comparing them side by side reveals a more dramatic change. The new FX is even more coupelike--just in time, as luxury brands like BMW are adding their own "crossover coupes." And the interior is brimming with a modern style that’s not derivative of other SUVs.
The 2009 Infiniti FX has a daring, snarling style all its own.