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Pros: Great handling and power;
Cons: Vanity mirror dim at night; awkwardly positioned seat adjusments
Advice: Compare them all & you'll be back to drive & buy the FX.I test drove the BMW X3, Murano, Pacifica and the FX35. The Fx35 out performed all hands down. The FX has 280 HP beneath your feet, race car type handling and is priced at a competitive price even with the touring and the sport option upgrades. Fitted with monster 20' rims, the FX35 is a sports car masquerading as an SUV.
Cons: no body side moldings
Advice: buy it.Great handling and acceleration. smooth shifting.
Advice: Test driveThis is for the 2004 FX35-The ride is improved over 2003-More compliant,The performance is outstanding as is the handling-Reminds me of my old corvette.Rearview camera,makes up for narrow rear view-But you get used to using mirrors,and look our rear side panel.Fit and finish excellent.Seating is quite comfortable.
Pros: The performance
Cons: The narrow seats
Advice: Makes sure you 'fit' in the driver's seat and longer drives won't make you sorry you went with the FXI really look forward to driving my FX until I've been driving for 20 minutes or so. That's when my ass starts hurting! Performance-wise...what a hoot! I traded in a '97 Maxima SE, which I thought was fun to drive. There's no comparison!
Pros: The engine considering it is a SUV
Cons: Rear view visibility
Advice: If you want a sports car with SUV sensibilities, run out and get this oneOh my!!!! This vehicle is all that and a bag of chips. It appeals to the 'man' side in me with the performance factor and appeals to the 'family' side in me with the SUV factor. The drive is exhilirating (I'm coming from a Ford Explorer 6 cylinder). I stuck with the 18 inch wheels based on everyone's advise and I think it was a good choice. This is not a mini van so of course it's not going to be as comfortable as the Lexus 300 which is based on that type of platform. But for putting a sports car with a SUV together, Infinity did a fantastic job. I did take one star off for comfort because the rear view is limited so it takes some more cautious driving techniques. Cargo space is great for this type of vehicle. I have a wife and 2 kids and cargo space was fine for me. I was able to get both car seats and a double stroller in the back. I still have room for shopping stuff and we can take one person along. Overall, a fantastic car!!!!
Pros: Powerful engine
Cons: Ride and claustrophopic feel
Advice: Don't buy based on looksI've tested all the new SUVs and the FX35 was my greatest disappointment. The ride is brutal! The rear view barely exists! You've got to climb, twist & turn to get into the rear seats and they appear to be in the trunk! The driver seat is not only uncomfortable but claustrophobic with the very high window line! And there's hardly any usable cargo space with rear seats up! Without question, the FX is a disfunctional design and I wondered what the engineers were smoking. Nissan's Murano has a better functional design and comparative performance for far less money. Check it out along with the Lexus RX330!
Cons: Plastic inside door handles - should be Aluminum like the pedals
Advice: Drive the others first before you drive an FXMine is a 2004 model with the sport and technology package. Ride has been softened for 2004 plus the DVD player has been removed from the Tech package and made a separate option. Handling is more sports car than any other SUV. Tried a G35 sedan but it was too tight of a fit. Although FX35 is much heavier than the G35 sedan, the driving feel is of a vehicle much smaller. Maybe can't haul as much as some other SUV in it's class but the others will not drive like this one.