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2010 Infiniti FX35 Review

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Based on 6 reviews

Fun Suv To Drive / Play With...yes Suv And Fun by godchagk
 — Such a great car. Performance is amazing, it handles so well. I traded in a 2003 infiniti g35 coupe and was worried about getting a SUV but my fears have been unwarranted, its just so much fun. Its... Read More
It Is One Hell Of A Car :) by Ayham
 — one great car that I was really pleased to own, i've tried it in several conditions and it proofed that it was one of the best among my other cars. you can really enjoy speeding in such car while havi... Read More
Amazingly Fun Fx by zbfarooq
 — On the road, especially on the highway, when people see the FX behind them, they just move out of the way. Those that do not, just see a grill in their rear-view mirror. Can't get better than that. Ov... Read More

2010 Infiniti FX35 Overview

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2010 Infiniti FX35

Not wanting to be left behind, Infiniti added several features to its 2010 FX35, a vehicle that was redesigned just last year. Bluetooth, along with a USB port and iPod interface, previously optional, are now standard on all FX trims and models, and a 2GB hard drive has been added to trims without the optional navigation system. However, if you choose to add the optional nav, you’ll also get streaming audio via Bluetooth and several software updates including NavWeather and the Zagat restaurant guide. The exterior has also been tweaked, with a re-sculpted rear taillight section and added side vents, all of which add up to a reduction in drag coefficient of .02.

These exterior changes do nothing to quell complaints since the 2009 redesign – and you have to admit the FX35 does look like some kind of mutant Dr. Moreau hybrid of a modern crossover vehicle and a late-'90s Hyundai Tiburon – but the FX35 has had a wealth of admirers as well. Graceful aggression is achieved with its bulging quarter panels and low-slung grille, and the profile is low enough to avoid any of the stodginess attributed to many SUVs.

Although available in rear-wheel-drive (RWD) and all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations, the FX35 is restricted to one powertrain combination – a 303-hp, 3.5-liter V6 with a seven-speed automatic transmission. With AWD, it offers a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds, not exactly impressive. Fuel economy isn’t all that impressive either, as the FX35 registers 16/23 mpg with RWD and 16/21 with AWD, both with premium fuel.

Infiniti makes up for those shortcomings in standard features, but you’ll pay for them in the sticker price. Things usually found on the options list - leather upholstery, heated power mirrors, bi-xenon headlights, keyless entry and start, and a rear-view camera – are all standard. You also have the option of Infiniti’s Lane Departure Warning System and Lane Departure Prevention, which will alert the driver or stop the vehicle if it wanders outside the intended lane, respectively. Around View Monitoring offers a 360-degree view of the outside of the vehicle, and Infiniti’s Intelligent Brake Assist warns of imminent crashes and will even apply the brakes if a crash is unavoidable. All those options, along with front pre-crash safety belts, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, and steering-linked adaptive headlights are included in the optional Technology Package, which also requires the Navigation and Deluxe Touring Packages.

Standard safety features are similarly plentiful, with six standard airbags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, an anti-skid system, and front-seat active head restraints, although the NHTSA hasn’t tested the FX35 and isn’t expected to.

Visibility has been an issue for the FX series for many years, and nothing in 2009 or 2010 has fixed that. In fact, Infiniti’s answer has been the Around View Monitoring system. While an impressive and useful piece of technology, it’s still a band-aid for bad design. For the money you’re spending, even for the smaller of the FX brothers, I’d much rather be able to use my eyes.

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A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.

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