2009 Infiniti FX35 AWD : A Review

What is so great about the new Infiniti vehicle? What are its positives and negatives? Read on…


For most SUVs, the term “sport” typically means, “this boat can haul you and your buddies to go watch a sporting event…” But happily, Infiniti’s FX35 AWD is different; it puts the Sport in SUV in four important ways:

  • First, the FX35 comes with a powerful (303 horsepower) and responsive variant of Nissan’s classic V-6, with one added plus; it has a baritone exhaust note so fine it would have made Beethoven weep for joy.
  • Second, it’s got a slick, smooth shifting seven-speed automatic that has an uncanny knack for always being in the right gear (you can shift it manually if you want to, but we found the transmission typically made better and quicker choices than we did).
  • Third, and this is the part we didn’t see coming, the FX35 has a firm, beautifully damped suspension that makes it as well if not better suited for spirited motoring than many so-called sports sedans. Go figure.
  • Fourth, the Infiniti has well-weighted steering plus seats that split the difference between luxury car comfort and panache vs. sports car grip and support (but with lots of emphasis on support).

PROS

  • Vibrant V-6 and great seven-speed automatic
  • Firm, well dialed-in suspension
  • Inviting, exciting interior

CONS

  • Not nearly as space efficient as it could be
  • Suspension might be a little too stiff for confirmed luxophiles
  • Limited rear quarter visibility

2009 Infiniti FX35 AWD Dashboard

Luxury and technology touches abound, some of them gimmicky, but the majority of them clever and genuinely useful. The utility side of the FX35’s SUV equation is good, but not great (space utilization could be better). Styling is curvaceous and dramatic and for that reason, perhaps, an acquired taste (but judging by reactions in our offices, it’s a taste a whole lot of people have acquired).

Bottom line: This is an SUV for drivers — one that evokes strong (and usually positive) emotional responses, while winning over SUV skeptics.

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9 Responses to 2009 Infiniti FX35 AWD : A Review

  1. MIKE ISI says:

    ATTN, TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. I NEED A QUOTE FOR BRAND NEW FX35AWD, BLACK COLOR,I AM OK WITH THE STANDARD FEATURES. I ALSO NEED ANOTHER FX35AWD PRE-OWNED 2009 MODEL BLACK COLOR,
    THE CARS ARE WILLBE SHIPPED TO LAGOS, SO I NEED GOOD AFFORDABLE PRICES AS I AM BUYING CASH.

  2. Alternators says:

    Mike go to edmunds.com and price one out with the options you seek.

  3. Anmol says:

    Hi,

    I am selling 2009 Black infiniti fx35 with 6400 miles on it, let me know if you are interested. My email id is unnmol101@gmail.com

  4. Old cars says:

    I like it. The head lights are kinda 7 series head lights at an angle but I still like it more than square head lgihts

  5. jessica says:

    the model is extremely attractive i feel. i mean the styling and interiors are very comforting. road grip is awesome. suspension indeed is a problem and the pricing too. apart from that it is an excellent model.

  6. The ride is sporty, though not lexus. The solid tank in Infinity fits well with the sporty attitude of FX, it’s never uncomfortable.

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