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 |