In the very crowded luxury crossover SUV market, the 2010 Infiniti FX35 stands out for its athletic handling, unique and edgy styling, and top-notch technological gadgetry. Having such strengths is extremely important in a market segment where just about all rivals can boast a carlike ride, luxurious cabins and feature-rich surroundings.
And new for 2010, after last year's complete redesign, is the addition of Bluetooth and a USB audio port as standard equipment. In addition, the optional Bose premium stereo system adds 2 GB of digital music storage and the optional navigation system adds Bluetooth streaming audio, an in-dash DVD audio/video drive, weather reports and a Zagat restaurant guide.
Trims, Standard Features And Options:
This midsize luxury crossover SUV is offered in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (AWD) models.
Standard features include leather upholstery, keyless entry, keyless ignition, full power accessories, cruise control, power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, 18 inch alloy wheels, foglights, automatic xenon headlights, heated exterior mirrors, a power liftgate, a manual tilt/telescoping steering column, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, a back-up camera and an 11-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a satellite radio, a 6-disc CD changer, auxiliary audio/USB connections and a 2.0 GB music server.
Also available is an optional Premium package that adds heated and ventilated front seats, driver memory functions, quilted leather seating and a power tilt/telescoping steering column. Opting for the Premium package also makes one eligible for the Deluxe Touring package, which adds 20 inch alloy wheels, alloy pedals, a maple wood interior trim and a tonneau cover.
The optional Navigation package (also requiring the Premium package) adds a 360-degree parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors and a hard-drive-based touchscreen navigation system. The Technology package (which requires navigation) includes adaptive cruise control with Distance Control Assist, rain-sensing windshield wipers, adaptive headlamps, IBA and a lane-departure prevention and warning system.
Those choosing the Technology package also have the choice of adding a rear entertainment system. And lastly, there's an available tow package for AWD models.
Engines, Powertrain And Gas Mileage:
Powering the 2010 Infiniti FX35 is a very capable 3.5 liter V6 engine good for 303 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. In performance tests, the 2010 FX35 was timed from a standstill to 60 mph in a very quick 6.6 seconds.
The EPA-estimated gas mileage of the AWD FX35 is 16 mpg city and 21 mpg on the highway. Gas mileage ratings for rear-drive models come in at 16 mpg city and 23 highway.
Standard safety features for the 2010 Infiniti FX35 include antilock disc brakes (ABS) with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In addition, those opting for a fully loaded Technology package also get the lane departure warning and prevention system.
While National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests had not yet been completed at the time of this writing, the 2009 FX35 earned the highest possible scores, five out of five stars, for all frontal and side-impact protection tests for all occupants.
The 2010 Infiniti FX35's attractively designed, high-grade cabin is rich in features, soft-touch materials and premium leather. And the FX35's audio and navigation system interface is considered one of the very best available.
The front seats are comfortable, supportive and provide ample head and legroom. The rear passenger area, however, is a little tight for larger passengers. Storage capacity is about average for the class, coming in at 25 cubic feet, but expands to 62 cubic feet by folding the rear seats.
One of the FX model's most appealing strengths is its capable and athletic handling. The V6 engine is both smooth and powerful. And mated with the well-tuned 7-speed automatic transmission, the FX35 is quick off the line and capable of rapid acceleration whenever needed. In addition, its responsive steering and strong grip in the curves should please those looking for superior driving performance in an SUV.
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