2006 Infiniti QX56 - 4x4
Pros: Performance, room, price, a lot of standard goodies, great third row seating
Cons: No auto lock, more wood , locking fuel cap
Advice: Great SUV for the money if you are looking for a lot of room and the best tow this is itThe Best SUV for the price. Before I decided I test drove the 07 Escalade , GL450, 06 Navigator, and Lexus LX470. Escalade -- GM did a good job on the new model, but the third seat was horrible also no real wood and no auto windows, cheap plastics and carpet for the price --not worth the almost 20k over the QX GL450- great engineering, not enough room, everything extra, NO leather- you have to pay $1,600 extra. To get the same options as the QX it will cost around 72k. Too much for a first year car.. Navigator--nice but after driving it for a day the QX felt better with more low end power and better handling, also the navigation was a pain( the screen was smaller as well) and finally- what's with the fake aluminum look on the dash for 67k they can’t afford the real thing? LX470--was my last test, after driving all the others I can honestly say that I would never buy the LX-- No power - compare with the others, unusable third seat ( even my kids didn’t' like sitting back there) they also do not fold flat, the ride felt like i was driving an electric car.. As far as looks--it seems that it came back from the 60's. I did like the interior but for the price it did not even make the list. I really do not understand all the good reviews that this SUV gets from all the 'experts'.
2005 Infiniti FX45 - Base
Pros: love 'em all
Cons: bumpy ride
Advice: drive it like you stole it!I love the way the FX45 looks coming down the road, super sexy. The performance is impeccable. My FX45 has all the bells and whistles, and they are great, somewhat intuitive though I've had to pull out the manual a few times (there are 4 -5 of them!) The ride is a bit jarring, you definitely feel every bump in the road. I'll sacrifice comfort for the safety, speed, and cool points!
2006 Infiniti M35 - Sport
Cons: Gas mileage.
Advice: Don't be too quickly seduced.Having thought about moving up to a 'luxury performance sedan' (LPS) for a couple of years, I drove and walked around and read about Audi, Lexus, Mercedes, BMW. It was confusing. Into this confusion, the M35 burst upon me like an automotive epiphany: 'Wow! No need to even choose or think about it. There is only one LPS.' Reality: glamorous and comfortable interior with loads of 'cool' Japanese technology. Worst gas mileage of any car in this category. The 'wow' acceleration comes from reaching into the high rpm range to get torque, thus using a lot of fuel. There is not even a sixth (overdrive) gear, so that, during test drives, you can accelerate all the time easily, but the car is straining to do what it does and breaking through to 19 mpg even on long straight 65 mph drives is unlikely. Also, very bumpy, even in 'luxury' (non-sport) model. Does not corner 'on rails' like Audi or BMW. Loud because exhaust system is tuned to provide 'boy racer' sounds, the joy of which wear off quickly.
2006 Infiniti QX56 - 4x2
Pros: Theater system
Cons: nissan's navigation system - horrible - Lexus seems to have all others beat.
Advice: Great vehicle - also look at Lexus LX470 though this one is larger - handles snow great but I haven't had it back to west virginiaThis is a large, comfortable people mover. The vehicle is finished nicely, great paint, great comfort inside. This vehicle handles like a truck - remember this is a very large SUV it's not going to handle like a MB S Class. This is the worst navigation system that I have ever had. It's slow, no touch screen and data input is a task. The theater system is great, but to be honest never use it - I have no children. If I did - they better love it for the price Infiniti charges. All in all - nice vehicle, great for long trips.
2005 Infiniti Q45 - Base
Pros: Computer prevents the car from pitching forward during hard braking.
Cons: Fit could be better - occasional vibrating noise from front passenger seat area.
Advice: I drove a 2004 Lexus LS 430 and did not buy the car because it looks frompy and there are so many on the road. It performed well but did not excite me. Try the Infinity Q45 before you by a bimmer, caddy, Lexus, or BMW. You won't be disappointed.Firmly planted on the road yet never a harsh drive. The car accelerates so smoothly you don't realize that you are at 70 in a few seconds. The engine is extremely quiet and wind noise is less than a Lexus according to some reviews. You are surrounded by American/Japanese-like luxury with the handling of a high end german car with Italian-like styling that does not draw attention to the owner like other high-end cars. It's in a class by itself.
2006 Infiniti G35x - Base
Pros: All Wheel Drive
Cons: Full-size Spare is An Option
Advice: Do Your Research With DealersI love it!
2003 Infiniti G35 - Base w/6 Speed Manual (M6) Sedan
Cons: QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE
Advice: Don't let the looks FOOL youChange breaks at 18000 miles, Tires on 22000 miles, Timing belt and another belt on 28000 miles, All my body and doors have rattling noise that they ever could fix it. Again changing breaks on 33000 miles. Winshield noise when you drive higher than 30 mph kills you. you can't hear anything.