Feb 24, 2012
Reviewed By Tony Piff
Price as Tested $52,445

With 303 horsepower and 262 ft-lbs on tap, acceleration comes quickly and easily, whether coming from a stoplight standing start, or overtaking a semi at 75 mph. Cabin is quiet and dark — feels extremely safe inside. Navigation operable with buttons or touch-screen. Not as intuitive as an iPhone, but better than average for factory car equipment. Backup camera and “Around View” birds-eye overhead camera work amazingly well. Dual climate controls and seat warmers are easy to use. Great stereo. 21 mpg (highway) seems fair for a 3.5-liter V6 crossover.


Looks bigger and more imposing than a station wagon on the outside, but cargo volume is surprisingly tiny. Heated seats work OK, but not as impressive as in some lesser cars I’ve driven. Wide tires grab every little rut; stiff suspension is not helped by 21-inch rims.


A thoroughly modern luxury crossover. The 2012 Infiniti FX35 will appeal to well heeled shoppers looking for a smallish SUV with no shortage of luxe styling cues inside and out. On modern highways dense with ever-larger trucks and SUVs, the FX35 feels safe and secure, but all that metal and power comes at the expense of visibility, awareness and fuel economy. Good thing for those high-tech cameras — navigating any kind of confined space without them will be impossible.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
2.5 rating
Horsepower 303
Torque 262
EPA Mileage 16/21