2012 Infiniti FX Review
Test drivers say that the 2012 Infiniti FX puts the “sport” in “sport utility vehicle,” but shoppers in the market for a practical luxury family hauler will be disappointed.
There’s no question that driving the 2012 Infiniti FX is like driving a sports car on stilts. Critics can’t get over the way it handles winding roads, especially in models equipped with all-wheel drive. The FX50’s V8 engine may not be as refined as competitors from BMW and Porsche, but it packs just as big of a punch. Plus, the FX’s interior upholds Infiniti’s reputation for combining advanced technology with high-quality materials and workmanship.
However, the Infiniti FX’s sporty nature may prove to be its downfall among SUV shoppers. Though it’s priced with other midsize luxury crossovers, it can’t hold nearly as much cargo or as many people as some of its rivals. The tightly-calibrated suspension is meant to give the FX sporty handling on twisty roads, but many test drivers note that anyone who has to drive over less-than-perfect pavement each day will quickly tire from the resulting harsh ride.
If a sports-oriented SUV with loads of power and an outstanding interior is on your shopping list, test drivers say the Infiniti FX is a fantastic choice. However, if you prefer a comfortable commuter with plenty of space for passengers and cargo, you’ll probably want to check out other luxury SUVs instead.
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
The Acura MDX is not only more comfortable and more practical than the FX, but reviewers say it’s relatively sporty as well. It can hold a lot more cargo than the Infiniti and it starts at about the same price. It also has a third row of seating, which isn’t quite adult-sized, but is convenient to have. Additionally, the MDX has a similarly high-tech and upscale interior as the Infiniti FX.
If the Infiniti FX’s shark-like looks are throwing you off, but you still want a sport utility vehicle that’s heavy on the sport, check out the Porsche Cayenne. It’s a bit more expensive than the FX, but reviewers say it’s about as close to driving a luxury sports car as you can get while sitting in the driver’s seat of a midsize SUV. It has just as much space as the Infiniti does, and its interior accommodations are even more luxurious. Plus, it comes with all the sports car cachet of owning a Porsche.
Details: Infiniti FX
The 2012 Infiniti FX comes in two trims: the FX35, which has a 3.5-liter V6 engine, and the FX50, which has a 5.0-liter V8. The FX35 is available in either rear- or all-wheel drive, while the FX50 comes standard with all-wheel drive. The Infiniti FX gets a slight refresh for 2012, including a revised front end design, the addition of standard heated front seats, and a Limited Edition FX35 all-wheel drive model. The Limited Edition FX35 gets a more advanced suspension, standard navigation and some interior and exterior tweaks.
See the full list of 2012 Infiniti FX specifications.
- "FX stands out from the pack for its combination of unique styling, sporty handling, and relative utility. It does, however, make some sacrifices in the ride and rear-visibility departments. It compares favorably against the BMW X5 and Porsche Cayenne. 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
- "The original Infiniti FX explored the boundaries of sportiness in an SUV, though not without some drawbacks in utility.” -- Cars.com
- “Now in its second generation, the FX is an unabashedly sporty SUV. A unique-looking vehicle that blends sportiness and luxury, the FX is a bit small inside and has a firm ride when equipped with the 20-inch wheels.” -- Car and Driver
- “If you enjoy combining maximum performance - especially when equipped with Infiniti's 5.0-liter V8 - with a modicum of utility, the FX Infiniti delivers fully on that promise, and does so at a price point below its Euro competition. … Those seeking a reasonable balance of ‘sport’ and ‘utility’ may be disappointed in the 2012 Infiniti FX, as its sporting attributes and in-your-face design tend to overwhelm the utility portion of that blend.” -- Kelley Blue Book
- “What the … Infiniti FX35 lacks in practicality and utility, it makes up for with heady performance, unique styling and leading-edge technology.” -- Edmunds