2013 Infiniti FX37 Review
Spending a week with Infiniti's hi-po wagon.
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: January 14th, 2013
Thanks to its 3.7-liter V-6 that packs 325 horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque, the FX37 moved smartly from the line, with the sort of gusto not normally found in a crossover. If Infiniti's goal was to build a solid-performing tall wagon, they've succeeded.
That success carries over to the ride and handling--the steering had a nice heft to it and it was accurate, too, although it could be slightly jumpy just off-center. Despite being a capable performer on a curvy road, the FX didn't lose composure when cruising on the freeway or around town. The only hint of its performance roots came from the aforementioned jumpiness in the steering.
All-wheel-drive helped with surefootedness on slippery surfaces, and the seven-speed automatic transmission was unobtrusive.
It's hard not to harness your inner racecar driver when piloting the FX, even when you're just trundling to the grocery store.
A crossover that's actually fun to drive? Sign us up.
The FX's cabin follows the Infiniti brand theme, with a large rotary control knob in the center stack, just below the menu screen, an analog clock, and plenty of buttons to go along with old-school volume and tuning knobs. We found it to be a bit busy at first, but it was easy to enough to learn and mostly pleasing to the eye. One annoyance: the rear tonneau cover was fussy to work with.
It's an odd looking thing--taller than a conventional car but not as tall as some SUVs, with swoopy styling and all kinds of curvature. We liked the FX's looks from some angles but not so much from others--the front end is especially squished. It's far cooler-looking than any station wagon we grew up with, but we couldn't completely fall in love.
It's hard not to enjoy the FX37 from behind the wheel, but we're not sure if it's nearly $60K worth of fun (our tester went from a base price of about $45,000 to more than $57,000 with options). It doesn't offer much in the way of potential off-road chops--the all-wheel-drive system is for inclement weather only--and while it does offer a luxury feel, it didn't blow us away.
The FX is a blast to drive, but we're not sure we'd feel the same way if we were writing the payment check each month.
Specs, Features, Prices
Engine: 3.7-liter V-6
Transmission:Seven-speed automatic transmission
Drive Wheels: All-wheel-drive
Fuel Economy: 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Base Price: $45,750
As-Tested Price: $57,250
Available Features: 20-inch wheels, power liftgate, USB port, fog lamps, AroundView monitor, satellite radio, lane-departure warning, Intelligent cruise control, pre-collision warning, tonneau cover, power tilt/telescope steering wheel, Bluetooth, navigation system.
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