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Refined and sporty luxury crossover SUV
Pros: Around-view monitor
Cons: Road noiseAs the institutional reviews note, this car is powerful, sleek, refined, technologically competitive, and a reasonable price within its segment. But what sold me on this car, surprisingly, was the around-view monitor. It makes parking in any direction very easy, whether pulling forward, around a tight corner, backwards, or parallel. The simulated view displays a camera angle from ABOVE your vehicle, so you can see exactly where your tires line up with the painted lines or curb, and how close your bumpers are to obstacles. Even with that clear imagine, the car warns you if it thinks you're about to hit anything while parking. As for any problems, one important note is that you need to have your dealership apply the software patch in Service Campaign Bulletin ITB10-031 (from July 9, 2010) before the glitchy nav system and tenuous iPod/iPhone integration actually works properly. Regarding performance, this car is far too noisy on the highway at 60mph+ speeds, and you really feel the larger bumps and dips in California freeways at 65mph+ (and that's with the non-Sport Package model...don't even bother with the FX50S if you want an even remotely comfortable ride while driving.) Also, adjusting side mirrors is difficult because the buttons are completely out of reach when sitting back against your seat...D'oh! But overall this vehicle has really hit the mark. Now if only the FX50 had the interior stylings of the M56...! (NOTE: exterior color Malbec Black and an automatic liftgate are available on the 2011 model, but not on the 2010 or earlier.)
Our best vehicule ever for the money
Pros: the 11 speaker Bose system & GPS & Blue tooth
Cons: Nothing.We purchased the Journey 2 wheel drive. What a pleasent vehicule to drive.It is powerful, quiet, elegant. You get a lot of options for the money. Their service is also 5 star. We are very very happy with this car. We had a Honda CRV EX all bells and whistles. The car is very reliable but the ride is very bumpy and hard on gas.Between both cars we're talking night and day.
Pros: Appearance, NAV and interior
Cons: Gas mileage could be improvedThis is a great car. The base car is fairly equiped and with two additional packages you have a fully loaded car for a reasonable price. NAV and interior are best in class. With close to 300 hp, this car has zip!
Great car -- one issue
Cons: Potentially dangerous lack of visibilityTerrific ride. The design's major and for me fatal flaw is the lack of sight lines. Without the rear view and side view cameras, you'd only know about someone or a car to your side or behind you when you hear the crunching sound.
Pros: It rides like a car, not a truck.
Cons: Navigation system is terribly designed, you have to be stopped to use most features!..Radio system is poor as well, if you have kids (see advice).
Advice: If you have kids, unlike EVERY other big SUV with dual (front and back) entertainment packages, the back seat CAN'T listen to AM/FM if front is listening to Satellite radio, and visa versa, even though the manual says it can. NO MORE SPACE TO WRITEThe car rides smooth, very roomy. The navigation system STINKS. If you are driving, and you want to see what places are around to eat, it will let you punch in all the info, it will list 50 places, but only 3 on the screen, in order to see the next 47, you have to stop the car, then the screen will scroll! Stupid! That goes for anything, gas stations, addresses, banks etc. In California, once your on the freeway, the only time you get off is when you have to, or you might not get back on, which renders this almost USELESS! They tell you it's a safey feature, but why am I allowed to type in (or speak) all the info I'm looking for, that's not a safey hazard, only going to the next screen to see the 'other choices' is? Stupid! Look at Acura! Satellite radio AM/FM are on the same tuner so kids in the back can't listen to ANY radio station other than the one the parents are listening to! (only SUV that does this) Take an hour plus drive with 3 kids who have to listen to your music/sports/talk radio, or visa versa, not a pleasant drive. (Manual is wrong, Infiniti admitted it to me AFTER I bought it)