2013 Infiniti FX Review
Test drivers say the 2013 Infiniti FX is a good choice if you’re looking for a fast SUV with athletic handling, but it may not be ideal if your priorities are carrying cargo and passengers.
The FX is one of the best performing upscale midsize SUVs available, according to test drivers. They love the power available from its standard V6 and optional V8 engines, and say its transmission has a smooth and refined power delivery. At up to 17/24 mpg city/highway, the Infiniti FX’s fuel economy is average for the class, though all-wheel drive and V8 models aren’t quite as good. Automotive journalists also say the 2013 FX has handling that is among the best in the class. However, some also say that its athletic suspension gives the FX a stiff ride over harsh roads.
Auto writers say the Infiniti FX’s cabin is well designed and uses premium materials throughout. Reviewers praise the comfortable, supportive front seats, saying they’re in line with the FX’s sporting intentions and the cabin’s premium feel. However, the FX falls short of many rivals when it comes to rear-passenger and cargo space, in part due to its sloping roofline. The FX offers a fair amount of standard features, including an 11-speaker Bose stereo, power sunroof, leather seats, Bluetooth and a USB port. Navigation and a multi-view backup camera are optional.
- "If you enjoy combining striking style and serious performance with a modicum of utility, the FX Infiniti delivers on that promise, and does so at a price well below its German competition." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The five-seat Infiniti FX is a luxury crossover that emphasizes sportiness over utility." -- Cars.com
- "The 2013 Infiniti FX sport-luxury crossover SUV is designed for those who value style, performance and technology over cargo capacity, rear seat space or a cushy ride." -- Edmunds
- "FX might not have the overall polish of these German rivals, but it does undercut them on price, even taking into account the Infiniti's expensive option packages." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
The Porsche Cayenne also seats five and has a range of powerful engines that reviewers say have great performance. It has a similar cargo capacity to the FX, but its back seats don’t draw as negative reviews as the FX’s. Keep in mind that it costs a bit more than the Infiniti.
The Acura MDX has the utility that the FX lacks. It seats up to seven, comes with standard all-wheel drive and has significantly more cargo room. While it doesn’t have the athletic handling of the FX, reviewers say the MDX keeps its composure through turns and is otherwise a comfortable cruiser.
Details: 2013 Infiniti FX
The Infiniti FX seats five and its three available models delineate engine and drivetrain configurations: FX37 rear-wheel drive, FX37 all-wheel drive and FX50 AWD. The FX was last redesigned in 2009 and refreshed in 2012. Since the FX sees few changes for 2013, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2013 model years.