2012 Infiniti FX Review
The all-new 2012 Infiniti FX is a crossover with responsive engine and sporty handling. This style icon is purely designed to perform. The vehicle looks wild and stylish, and definitely has a different flavor to it. This is one luxury SUV that you can keep to show off your style and status; it will represent you.
The 2012 Infiniti FX has most of the things that stylish people want – design, performance, luxury, technology, classy interiors, etc. It lacks a bit on space, though.
The 2012 Infiniti FX is one little beautiful beast. Come, let us get to know a little more about it.
Features of 2012 Infiniti FX
Interior and Exterior
The 2012 Infiniti FX, for most of the part, remains unchanged. Only a few cosmetic changes have been done in its outlook. Also, a few standard features have been revised. It now has a freshly styled front fascia and grille along with new sparkling headlamps, giving it a distinctive look. Updated meter illumination and heated front seats along with aluminum pedal accents have also been included in 2012 version.
An all-new Limited Edition FX35 is also available now. It rolls on astonishingly stylish 21-inch alloy wheels.
Inside the 2012 Infiniti FX, you will be welcomed by plush and posh interiors, good for this category of vehicle. Soft-touch material with rich-feel wood and supple leather give it the high-class look. The technology inside might seem a little difficult to use at first, but once acclimatized, you can operate with eyes closed even. Overall, the systems are intuitive and easy to use. The 2012 FX gets an optional 360-degree view camera showing the top-down view of the car with respect to the surroundings, making it easy to maneuver the vehicle in tighter spaces.
Driver and the front passenger have enough legroom and headroom and enjoy maximum comfort, but the rear passengers sit a little tight, especially if tall, say more than 6 feet. Cargo space, too, is not that impressive when compared to other vehicles of this segment. The seat-split and folding is impressive and increases the internal space to almost 62 cubic feet, which isn’t impressive for an SUV, we would say. All in all, you can say that 2012 Infiniti FX has been fabricated for people who prefer style, technology, and performance over the space and handling. The 2012 FX is built on the base of Infiniti G37, a sports sedan.
Powertrain and Options
The 2012 Infiniti FX is available in three trim options – FX35, FX50, and FX35 Limited Edition.
The 2012 FX35 is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 303 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the 2012 FX50 is fitted with a 5.0-liter V8 producing 390 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission system available is 7-speed automatic with manual shift control.
The FX35 is rear-wheel powered, but is also available with an option of all-wheel drive. All the FX50s are all-wheel drives.
On performance testing, the FX35 reached from speed of 0 miles per hour to speed of 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds. The more powerful FX50, however took only 5.5 seconds to perform this test. The EPA-esti
mated fuel consumption figures for FX35 were 16 miles per gallon in city traffic. It, however, was able to cover a stretch of 21 miles on highways consuming the same quantity of fuel.
An 18 miles per gallon was the combined EPA-estimated mileage. The rear-drive FX35 model covered 16 miles per gallon in city traffic, 23 miles per gallon on highways, with 19 miles per gallon combined EPA-estimated fuel efficiency. The stronger and more powerful FX50 is estimated to drive 14 miles per gallon in city, 20 miles per gallon on highways, and 16 miles per gallon combined, all EPA figures.
The 2012 FX35 is loaded with standard features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlamps, fog lights, sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, power-folding heated wing mirrors, power liftgate, full power accessories, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable heated front seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and a manually-adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with all audio controls. In addition to this, it has a two-zone automatic climate control system, Bluetooth for phone with iPod and USB along with standard auxiliary jack, back-up camera, eleven-speaker Bose surround sound music system with 6-CD changer, and a satellite radio system.
Premium Package, when added to FX35, adds features like aluminum roof rails, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 360-degree view camera, all-side parking sensors, hard-drive navigation system with traffic and weather updates, driver seat memory, touchscreen display, digital music storage, voice-activated controls, and Bluetooth. Deluxe Touring Package adds in 20-inch alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, quilted leather seats, maple wood trim, and a cargo cover. One already needs to have a Premium Package if he/she has to opt for Deluxe Touring.
The 2012 Limited Edition FX35 is largely based on 2012 FX35. It is however differentiated by 21-inch alloy wheels, exclusive paint, adaptive auto-adjusting xenon headlamps, and some limited features from Premium Package like driver seat memory, parking camera, and navigation system. No additional packages are, however, available for the Limited Edition FX35.
The top-end 2012 FX50 includes all the features included in FX35 and FX35 Limited Edition. It also has edge of having advanced climate control system with air filters. With addition of Technology Package, the 2012 FX50 will have features like automatic wipers, adaptive headlamps, adaptive cruise control, forward and rear collision warning, and intelligent brake assist. Sports Package, which is exclusive for FX50, adds active rear steering, adaptive dual-mode suspension dampers, dark-tinted exteriors, sport front seats, and solid magnesium paddle shifters.
The 2012 Infiniti FX35 and FX50 are loaded with standard safety features including ABS, all-side airbags, traction control, and stability control. You also get adaptive cruise control, intelligent brake assist, a 360-degree view camera, and collision warning alarm, etc.
IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) rated Infiniti FX models to be “Good” for frontal-offset and lateral impact protection.
Braking system is pretty effective and brought vehicle to halt from speed of 60 miles per hour at 117 feet.
Price of 2012 Infiniti FX
The 2012 Infiniti FX starts from $43,500. The 2012 FX35 is priced at $43,500 with FX35 Limited Edition and FX50 tagged at $51,500 and $59,500 respectively. Packages cost extra.
In case you are looking for style and performance, this is the right choice, but if you are eyeing utility, practicality and space, this is not your cup of tea.