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in 2009 Luxury Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $22,628 - $28,766
Original MSRP: $42,150 - $58,400
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2009 Infiniti FX Interior

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The FX's interior is both luxurious and stylish. It received high praise for its long list of standard equipment and options that wern't available in most SUVs. However, if you want utility, reviewers said to look elsewhere.

  • "FX's interior exudes the feel of understated luxury with its top-notch materials and near-seamless fits. The cabin is filled with leather surfaces and lined with wood and metal trim that impart an upscale, classy feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Up front, a cockpit type setup is laden with high-quality materials and rich wood trim. Gauges and centralized controls are refined and sophisticated." -- Motor Week
  • "The interior was the opposite of the mixed opinions on outside style as virtually every observer approved." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The interior has received a marked upgrade with quilted leather on its comfortable, supportive front buckets, along with an increased use of aluminum and rich maple wood trim. Other eye-catching details include aluminum foot pedals and a large, 7-in. information/nav screen atop the center stack." -- Road and Track
  • "Nissan greatly improved the FX interior on these new models. The cabin envelops its occupants in luxury without being ostentatious. Leather seats are standard on all models." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Seating

Test drivers found the 2009 FX's front seats comfortable, but opinions were mixed on the cramped rear.

  • "The FX provides supportive seats, wide door panels and a well-cushioned center console, allowing occupants to nestle into a comfortable position, primed for long-distance cruising." -- MSN
  • "Plush, bolstered seats are comfortable and supportive. FX50's seats add length for thigh support and more comfort controls. Plenty of headroom and legroom for the average-sized driver." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Rear-seat legroom is decent, and the seatbacks recline, but entry and exit are hampered by the small opening of the door down near the feet." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 60/40 rear-bench seat makes room for three, but head and leg room are not in abundance, despite this year's longer wheelbase." -- Motor Week

Interior Features

The FX is king in the features department, critics said, offering more available gadgets than most SUVs in 2009. However, the sheer number of the sophisticated systems can make the dashboard controls a bit intimidating.

  • "Standard features include moonroof, bi-xenon headlamps, power hatch closure, XM radio, while smart cruise control, voice-recognition navigation with real-time traffic, rear-seat entertainment systems, and a host of electronics are also available." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "While BMW strives for a minimum of switches (relegating owner confusion to submenus within the iDrive system), Infiniti flaunts its tech systems with enough buttons and abbreviations to make an Airbus A380 pilot feel right at home. Down by the driver's left knee is a panel of five buttons bearing the abbreviations AFS, FCW, IBA, LDW, DCA and VDC." -- The New York Times
  • "The navigation system features are probably the most sophisticated we've seen to date. The unit's details and 3D graphics make it almost impossible to stray away from your course. Especially when exiting a highway, as it shows the colored exit path and the exit number or letter." -- AutoTrader

Cargo

The 2009 Infiniti FX provides 24.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with all seats in use and 62 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, which was not quite enough for most reviewers.

  • "The specs say cargo space behind the rear seats has dropped two cubic feet from that of the old FX, but the area underneath the cargo cover looks bigger to our eyes. Our practical-cargo-room test backs that perception: The new FX holds two more beer cases with the rear seats up than before and four more with the seats folded." -- Car and Driver
  • "It isn't a big trunk and we found it didn't fit a pair of big roller suitcases under the cover. Lift-over height is a relatively high 31 inches, meaning you'll have to lift your cargo high to load it in back." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Small item storage is just average and includes a deep glovebox, smallish door pockets, two-tiered center bin, and a small bin in rear passenger's armrest." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The FX is strictly a five-passenger vehicle, and no third seat is available. That cargo is large enough to be useful but you have to fold the back seat to carry genuinely large items." -- Kansas City Star

The FX's interior is both luxurious and stylish. It received high praise for its long list of standard equipment and options that wern't available in most SUVs. However, if you want utility, reviewers said to look elsewhere.

  • "FX's interior exudes the feel of understated luxury with its top-notch materials and near-seamless fits. The cabin is filled with leather surfaces and lined with wood and metal trim that impart an upscale, classy feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Up front, a cockpit type setup is laden with high-quality materials and rich wood trim. Gauges and centralized controls are refined and sophisticated." -- Motor Week
  • "The interior was the opposite of the mixed opinions on outside style as virtually every observer approved." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The interior has received a marked upgrade with quilted leather on its comfortable, supportive front buckets, along with an increased use of aluminum and rich maple wood trim. Other eye-catching details include aluminum foot pedals and a large, 7-in. information/nav screen atop the center stack." -- Road and Track
  • "Nissan greatly improved the FX interior on these new models. The cabin envelops its occupants in luxury without being ostentatious. Leather seats are standard on all models." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Seating

Test drivers found the 2009 FX's front seats comfortable, but opinions were mixed on the cramped rear.

  • "The FX provides supportive seats, wide door panels and a well-cushioned center console, allowing occupants to nestle into a comfortable position, primed for long-distance cruising." -- MSN
  • "Plush, bolstered seats are comfortable and supportive. FX50's seats add length for thigh support and more comfort controls. Plenty of headroom and legroom for the average-sized driver." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Rear-seat legroom is decent, and the seatbacks recline, but entry and exit are hampered by the small opening of the door down near the feet." -- Car and Driver
  • "The 60/40 rear-bench seat makes room for three, but head and leg room are not in abundance, despite this year's longer wheelbase." -- Motor Week

Interior Features

The FX is king in the features department, critics said, offering more available gadgets than most SUVs in 2009. However, the sheer number of the sophisticated systems can make the dashboard controls a bit intimidating.

  • "Standard features include moonroof, bi-xenon headlamps, power hatch closure, XM radio, while smart cruise control, voice-recognition navigation with real-time traffic, rear-seat entertainment systems, and a host of electronics are also available." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "While BMW strives for a minimum of switches (relegating owner confusion to submenus within the iDrive system), Infiniti flaunts its tech systems with enough buttons and abbreviations to make an Airbus A380 pilot feel right at home. Down by the driver's left knee is a panel of five buttons bearing the abbreviations AFS, FCW, IBA, LDW, DCA and VDC." -- The New York Times
  • "The navigation system features are probably the most sophisticated we've seen to date. The unit's details and 3D graphics make it almost impossible to stray away from your course. Especially when exiting a highway, as it shows the colored exit path and the exit number or letter." -- AutoTrader

Cargo

The 2009 Infiniti FX provides 24.8 cubic feet of cargo volume with all seats in use and 62 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, which was not quite enough for most reviewers.

  • "The specs say cargo space behind the rear seats has dropped two cubic feet from that of the old FX, but the area underneath the cargo cover looks bigger to our eyes. Our practical-cargo-room test backs that perception: The new FX holds two more beer cases with the rear seats up than before and four more with the seats folded." -- Car and Driver
  • "It isn't a big trunk and we found it didn't fit a pair of big roller suitcases under the cover. Lift-over height is a relatively high 31 inches, meaning you'll have to lift your cargo high to load it in back." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Small item storage is just average and includes a deep glovebox, smallish door pockets, two-tiered center bin, and a small bin in rear passenger's armrest." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The FX is strictly a five-passenger vehicle, and no third seat is available. That cargo is large enough to be useful but you have to fold the back seat to carry genuinely large items." -- Kansas City Star

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