Review: 2009 Infiniti FX
What's New: The Infiniti FX family has always emphasized the "sport" in sport utility vehicle, and that's never been truer than with the all-new 2009 Infiniti FX models. With more powerful engines, a new seven-speed transmission, bigger brakes and better handling, the Infiniti FX crossover fires one over the bow of the BMW X5.
What We Think: If you were a fan of the previous Infiniti FX, you'll dig the new one. It's more of the same: more power, more handling, more luxury and more in-your-face styling. Left off the list of improvements is more room, more fuel economy and more rear visibility.
Overview: 2009 Infiniti FX
It's 2003, and the word "crossover" is just starting to seep into the automotive lexicon of the average buyer. These car-based utility vehicles have gained a solid foothold and are getting more popular by the day. Automakers are scrambling to make theirs stand out, but by and large, the offerings either look like big station wagons (BMW X5), vaguely minivan-ish (Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Acura MDX), or weren't really crossovers at all, but just trucks with slightly less trucky styling (Lexus GX 470).
Then the Infiniti FX crossover shows up, with its beefy sportscar-inspired styling, and changes the equation. Think the new BMW X6 is a new take on things? Ever notice how closely it resembles an FX? Clearly, Infiniti was onto something, and the company's SUV sold well, even though it offered up a stiff ride, absolutely zero off-road capability and an interior that could charitably be described as cozy.
The 2009 Infiniti FX crossover stays close to the original in concept and execution, so close that it takes an extra look or two to really see any difference at all. Yet the vehicles are entirely different, with new body panels, interiors and underpinnings. The message here is more: More power, more performance, more luxury and technology gadgets. However, if you're looking for more room, more cargo space or more subdued styling, the new FX crossover sticks a little too close to its predecessor, once again coming up short in these key areas.