2012 INFINITI FX50 Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor
December 6, 2011

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The rear-wheel-drive versions of the 2012 Infiniti FX can be a handful in the snow (or even rain), and if you're in the Snow Belt we recommend

The 2012 Infiniti FX35 and FX50 look like they sacrifice some practicality in the name of a sexy design and scorching performance—and that's exactly the case.

The 2012 Infiniti FX50 is a crossover utility vehicle that has a more curvaceous, aggressive look than most other vehicles in its class, as well as performance that's closer to that of a sport sedan than a traditional SUV.

Wearing essentially the same look inside and out as the FX35, the FX50 upgrades to a 390-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine (over the FX35's 303-hp V-6) and includes all-wheel drive along with a responsive seven-speed automatic transmission. Altogether, the FX50 can make the sprint to 60 mph in just five seconds, though you'll pay some price in gas mileage and the FX50 feels noticeably heftier than the FX35.

Otherwise, most else is the same between the two models. This year, all the FX models get a revised front-end appearance, with a new grille and headlight design and a resculpted front fascia to give it all more flow, along the lines of Infiniti's Essence concept vehicle of a couple of years ago. We also tend to think that the current FX models are a bit too cluttered-looking inside—although it's good and bad, as they skip the fits that systems like iDrive or COMAND can induce.

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Surely, the voluptuous shape sacrifices some practicality; while front-seat occupants will feel cosseted, there's not much backseat space, and cargo room is limited by the roofline and a high cargo floor.

Tap into the FX50's extensive option list, and you'll get a very well-equipped, albeit expensive, performance vehicle. Lane Departure Prevention, an advanced cruise control system, adaptive front lighting, an adaptive suspension, and a nav system with music storage are all included or available.

For more information on the 2012 Infiniti FX50, including related news, images, specs, pricing, and what other sources have said, read our full review of the 2012 Infiniti FX.

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