2008 Infiniti FX Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Infiniti FX was new.
Reviewers agree that the 2008 Infiniti FX is an SUV that travels light. This gives it sports car speed, handling and appearance, but also means that it lacks some interior space compared to other SUVs, leading it to a relatively low interior score within its class.
If you're looking for an SUV with lots of interior room, the Infiniti FX is not the way to go. "There is a price to be paid for having such nimble, athletic handling dynamics," says Edmunds. "Compared to nearly all of its rivals in the midsize luxury SUV class, the FX is down on cargo capacity and rear headroom, and doesn't offer a third-row seat." That sleek roof costs this vehicle some interior space points too: "That cool styling also creates trade-offs inside," says U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman, "where the sharply descending roofline leaves relatively little rear cargo space. It's a bit of a tight pinch for adults getting in the back seat, too." However, the suggests that the FX "can be considered a roomy substitute for a good sports sedan."
The driver and front passenger seats in the Infiniti FX are comfortable. New Car Test Drive finds the heated front row seats "comfortably firm, like those in a good European sedan. The adjustments may require quite a bit of fiddling, but once you get them right you can program the settings into the seat memory. The driver's seat allows three inches of vertical travel, so even short drivers can enjoy the commanding height of an SUV in traffic or the seat can be lowered for tall drivers or serious driving on challenging roads."
While Infiniti advertises the FX as having seating for five, and many reviewers concur, some find this a bit misleading: "The FX is billed as a five-seater, but only four tall adults are comfortable because the rear cockpit is too narrow for three-across seating. Occupants sit high, but some might feel a bit closed in with the short side windows and sloping roof," says the Car and Driver notes that "passengers will find pronounced pockets in the seat cushions to enhance their comfort. However, a third passenger in the center will force the outboard occupants out of those nice pockets." Kelley Blue Book states, "The FX interior has sort of a cocoon-like atmosphere. The front passengers sit low, and the big dash seems to tower over them. The seats are wonderful Rear passengers have plenty of legroom, but may find headroom a bit tight.". Of the rear seats,
The standard Infiniti FX boasts a slew of features. These include an intelligent key option, so that the car doors unlock themselves when you are nearby, a Bluetooth hands-free phone system and a HomeLink Universal Transceiver that lets you control your garage door and home security system (if they're compatible). There are heaters for the rear seats, conveniently tucked under the front seats. The 2008 Infiniti FX comes standard with a 300-watt Bose® audio system with AM/FM radio, in-dash, single-feed six-disc CD autochanger with MP3 playback capability and 11 speakers, including two subwoofers. A new standard feature for 2008 is XM Satellite Radio.
The Infiniti navigation system comes with the Technology Package. Car and Driver says, "We liked the bird's-eye view offered by the navigation system." The feels that "[t]he optional navigation system is one of the easiest to use and has a dashboard screen also utilized for the rearview camera."
Reviewers aren't thrilled with the cargo space in the 2008 Infiniti FX. Simply put, there isn't much, at least in terms of volume. "Compared to nearly all of its rivals in the midsize luxury SUV class, the FX is down on cargo capacity," says Edmunds. "The rear hatch opening...is rather small," writes the reviewer for Kelley Blue Book, "and there is not much cargo space behind the second-row seats." New Car Test Drive, however, notes that "[t]otal cargo capacity (64.5 cubic feet with the rear seat folded) is less than in many square-shaped SUVs, but larger than in other high-style SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne or BMW X5. Infiniti says it placed a higher priority on floor space than sheer volume, and the FX has a larger load floor than the X5 or Lexus RX 330."