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Wednesday, December 24, 2008



Not unexpectedly, a bevy of competitors for Infiniti's wild sporting sport-utility have arrived. Somewhat unexpectedly, none measure up to its combination of horsepower, handling, and hair-raising exterior angles.

Yes, you can find other tall, sporty, midsize vehicles with amazing handling and drastic looks. BMW's X6 and Land Rover's Range Rover Sport are two examples. The Porsche Cayenne does sporty and wild famously (or infamously). Relatively speaking, however, Infiniti doesn't want much money. Relatively.

The V8-engined FX, known now as the FX50, offers way more horsepower than the common Porsche 911. Even the FX35 is quick and agile. Questioning the purpose of such a vehicle isn't out of line. Infiniti has one of the best sport sedans on the planet in the G37. Why not make the G37 a G50 and forget about the taller, less stable, and not-very-spacious FX? 

Umm... because the FX35 and FX50 look incredible. "Looks aren't everything" is something men and women with ugly spouses say. That doesn't make it truth or fiction. Looks are something, and in the FX's case, looks match with excellent dynamics to form an amazing overall package.


Engines: 303 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque from a 3.5L V6 or 390 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque from a 5.0L V8

City Mileage: 14-16 miles per gallon

Base USD Price: $42,150

Cargo Capacity: 62 cubic feet behind front row

Towing Capability: 2,000-3,500 pounds

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