Infiniti FX Performance
Critics say the Infiniti FX is an admirable performer. They report that either of its engines delivers ample power and that its transmission is smooth and refined. Many also praise its handling, which is described as athletic and sporty more so than nearly any rival in the class.
- "With lively, responsive handling and a choice of either a powerful V6 or world-class V8 under the hood, the FX always feels ready to tackle a twisting road." -- Edmunds
- "It’s very sporty, but the ride might be too stiff." -- Car and Driver (2011)
Acceleration and Power
The FX37 is powered by a 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 which is new to the FX for 2013. The FX50 gets a 390-horsepower 5.0-liter V8. Both engines are paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The FX37 with rear-wheel drive nets an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. All-wheel drive and V8 models get slightly less.
Reviewers seem pleased with the new V6 engine, saying it offers ample power and that the transmission delivers it smoothly and effectively. The FX50 receives equal praise, as critics say its power and torque make it feel especially fast.
- "The V6-powered FX37 delivers a smooth stream of power while the seven-speed automatic transmission executes shifts quickly and smoothly. …. Most drivers will find that this engine provides more than enough power. For those who still need more, the FX50 obliges with a flood of torque that launches this midsize crossover toward the horizon with ease." -- Edmunds
- "The new 325-horsepower V6 is plenty capable and the 390-hosepower 5.0 V8 feels downright fast. The 7-speed automatic has an effective manual-shift mode than includes a nice throttle blip on downshifts." -- Kelley Blue Book
Handling and Braking
The Infiniti FX37 comes with either rear- or all-wheel drive, while the FX50 is only available with all-wheel drive. Reviewers say the Infiniti FX feels sporty, with nimble handling and lots of grip through corners. The tradeoff is that some critics think the FX’s ride is a little uncomfortable over rough pavement. Optional on the FX50 is a sport technology package that adds features to improve handling. Reviewers are also pleased with the FX’s brakes, and say its steering is communicative and direct.
- "On twisting roads, the FX displays impressive road-holding prowess and confidence, aided by consistent brakes and a tight, direct steering feel. The trade-off, however, is a stiffer ride on the highway." -- Edmunds
- "With over seven inches of ground clearance you can certainly get to the trailhead, though you may not want to carry on into the rocks and creek beds." -- Kelley Blue Book