Jurneka's officemate, associate Web editor Kirill Ougarov, took our long term 2009 Infiniti FX50 S on a nine-hour trip all the way out to the wasteland that is Salton Sea, putting some 500-plus miles on the odometer in the process. Nice trip? "I didn't find all of the abandoned buildings I was looking for, but what I did find was that the FX is a great long-distance cruiser-provided you don't mind the gas bill, that is. The power from the big V-8 and the carlike handling are great attributes when trying to navigate freeway traffic, and although the ride is somewhat rough for a luxury crossover, the seats are comfortable enough that it won't tire you out. Also, the adaptive cruise control works great."

2009 Infiniti FX50 S
Months/miles in service 7/18,635
Avg econ/CO2 17.3 mpg/1.12 lb/miles
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $552.18 (2-oil change/inspection/rotate tires, 1-replace engine and cabin air filters)
Normal-wear cost $0