Her and His Reviews

November 2012

2012 Infiniti FX35

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

MSRP: $52,445 MSRP: $52,445
This vehicle has power. Backed with 303 horsepower and a durable V-6 engine. Add in the 262 lb-ft torque and AWD. Superb road handling in all type of climates and weather. Awesome, awesome, awesome! What do you expect from an Infiniti, huh? Power comes from a 3.5 liter, 303 horsepower V-6. Driving the FX35 is much like driving a high performance luxury sedan, which is as it should be since it?s based on the wonderful G37, a terrific car in its own right. Absolutely pancake flat cornering, stable, reassuring handling, and thunderous acceleration when you needed it.
Fuel Economy
16 city/21 highway. Not stellar by any stretch. The fuel economy rating is 16/21. The annual estimated fuel cost is $3,294, based on 15,000 miles of driving at $3.95 a gallon.
The Car
The FX35 is a remarkable SUV. Its premium prowess makes it a pleasure to drive. With gads of comfort and luxury for the drivers and passengers, it performs with sturdy and strong acceleration and pace. It is simply one of the top luxurious models in its class, outperforming and out-styling most. 21"Graphite finish aluminum wheels make for an immediate aggressive look, not to mention the grill, which adds for more.

Moms towing their kids back and forth may love the look and not be so impressed with the size of the cargo room and second row; a bit small in both areas of vehicle.
This is not the car for you if you are accustomed to cushy, marshmellowy automobiles. Nor does it compare particularly well when it comes to interior space and room for carrying things. But you know what? We're willing to bet that use-ability, scads of interior room and all those "bothersome" practical considerations are not why people buy the FX. These are crossovers for true, knowledgeable car enthusiasts who frankly, aren't likely to find their equal anywhere else at anything close to the price.

We think they buy it because its road performance and handling among luxury crossovers is unmatched, except perhaps for the Porsche Cayenne. People buy it because of the arresting styling that looks like nothing on the road and the fact that, even though they may not need it for off-road driving that they don't do, it still comes with all-wheel drive while still being a comfortable road-going product. And we think they buy it because its fast?and sexy. Yeah!
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has rated the EX as a top safety pick. Infiniti has its advanced airbag system for driver and front passenger with roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags, LATCH for child safety, anti lock brakes, brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution. Infiniti vehicle immobilizer system included.  Infiniti advanced airbag system, Roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor, for front and rear seat outboard occupant head protection, anti lock brakes, vehicle security system, Infiniti vehicle immobilizer system and on and on.
Mega Loaded to say the least. XM Radio, Bluetooth, Bose 11 speaker sound system relays an impeccable concert-like sound. AM/FM/CD Player with MP3 playback. Infiniti Controller for comfort adjustments. Beautifully appointed leather seats, 10-way adjustable power driver's seat with lumbar support (got to love). Night time bi -functional high density xenon lights for added visibility, adaptive front lighting system aluminum pedals, aluminum roof rails. Ambient lighting. Rear seat heating and cooling vents. Standard equipment includes aluminum alloy wheels, front and rear stabilizer bars, leather seats, heated ten way power driver's seat including two-way lumber support, bi -functional high density xenon lights, black lacquer interior trim, adaptive front lighting system aluminum pedals, aluminum roof rails, all power equipment such as steering, brakes,windows and mirrors, dual zone automatic temperature control system, rear seat heating and cooling vents, a sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system and overhead ambient lighting, power rear tailgate and other items.
Aesthetics & Styling
Prized styling for this luxury mid-sized SUV. From exterior to interior, all points are accounted for with detail and aplomb. It's the finish, it's the leather wrapped and feel steering wheel, and it's the grill. Nothing left out. It's a classic. Sexy after all these years and a pioneer in the art of designing interesting, alluring crossovers. Enough said. It speaks for itself.
4 Year 60,000 mile basic
6 year 70,000 mile powertrain with 24 hour roadside assistance.
Four year, 60,000 mile basic limited warranty, six year/70,000 mile powertrain limited warranty, 24 hour roadside assistance.