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“It's not a face everyone will love at first sight.”
first things first—the FX looks pissed
The cabin has the same high dashboard as did the original FX
“Nobody’s going to mistake the FX for anything but sporty”
Car and Driver
The 2010 Infiniti FX might look like a coupe; that’s the intent. With last year’s redesign, the FX inherited an even more aggressive form, with a lower front grille, plus a few more styling details to the exterior—including rippled headlight and taillight designs and metallic ducts just behind the front wheels.
The new look is certainly divisive from the outside, though more reviewers express admiration for it. Autoblog says the 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 Magazine is a bit more genteel in its assessment of the new FX Infiniti: “we think it's a striking design and a worthwhile follow-up to the iconic first-generation vehicle.”
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." 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, pointing to the “longer, sharklike snout's sculpted headlights flank a trapezoidal grille filled with horizontal dark-chrome waves.”
Inside, too, although the design of the new Infiniti FX feels warmer and more sophisticated than the previous version, it’s also undeniably more cluttered. The sheer busyness of the design might bother some—with too many curves and cues that are shared with the Nissan Cube MPV—though otherwise it feels rich and elegant.
The cabin of the FX50 “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.” Cars.com reviewers like the fact that "the leather seats can come with quilted center inserts."
The 2010 Infiniti FX is good-looking but also cluttered to some eyes, and it packs some attitude.