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.
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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When the FX was first introduced a number of years ago, it was the only performance utility vehicle, aside from the Porsche Cayenne, which has always had a more conventional profile. With a similar philosophy to the Infiniti FX—a coupelike body with crossover capability—the BMW X6 is also very enjoyable to drive, but it’s far more expensive than the FX, less spacious inside, and less distinctive. The Audi Q7 is a step in the other direction; it feels a bit more like a traditional SUV, with more rugged ability, though it has a beautiful interior and an available third-row seat. There’s also a TDI diesel V-6 that delivers great performance along with fuel economy in the low- to mid-20 mpg range. The Land Rover Range Rover Sport is also worth considering. The Sport received a rather thorough redesign last year, with a new engine and fully refitted interior; it doesn’t have a particularly roomy interior either, but the Land Rover’s British heritage and hunkered-down boxier look stand as a polar-opposite styling alternative to the curvy, organic shapes in the FX. And to add another possibility, the Acura ZDX takes the 'coupelike' idea a step further, with an especially low roofline and 'hidden' rear doors. Finally, for those who want better mileage and a little more practicality, look at the brand-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque. It's one of our favorites, especially for those who spend a lot of time in the city.