Apr 23, 2003
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Price as Tested $52,370

Bold and elegant styling is trend-setting; muscle-car thrust from the 315-hp, 4.5-liter V8; five-speed automatic’s manual control actually holds selected gears; best body control (and perhaps best handling) of any SUV, including the X5; optional 300-watt, 11-speaker sound system really rocks; excellent driving position, interior comfort and materials.


Gas mileage (15 city) is poor for a car-based SUV and won’t win friends with the anti-SUV crowd; cargo space only modest for such a big utility vehicle; hard, pitchy ride on poorly surfaced roads.


Bound to be the next gated-community must-have. The bad-boyish image includes a Camaro-like exhaust note designed to, as someone at Infiniti said, “Let the neighbors know you’ve arrived.” But it’s based on the same platform as the acclaimed G35 sport sedan and coupe and Nissan flagship 350Z sports car (and Japan’s Nissan Skyline supercar), and thus immensely capable. The murmur in the business is that this is the (lighter-weight, road-oriented) package Porsche should’ve had. Infiniti’s FX is going to give the Cayenne and X5 a run for the money.

Fun to Drive
4.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating