"I got a chance to take the FX on a ride up to Sacramento to watch some rowing races," says assistant Web producer Nate Martinez, "and it proved a comfortable long-hauler. Like my four passengers, I most enjoyed the well-put-together cabin, with its soft, somewhat worn leather, easy-to-use navigation, and clean-sounding stereo system." Martinez, who has an eye for detail, wasn't missing the FX's. "The Infiniti's intricate interior details are worth noting. The clock, although a brand staple, is a bit too old-school for my taste and seems contrary to the overall modern styling. The stitching in the leather is nice for a car in this class, as are the individual LED lights in each door handle. Dash layout, with its buttons and knobs, is comfortable and within reach of front passenger and driver. Best feature of all: the Around View camera. I've never backed up into so many parking spots -- for no apparent reason -- as I have with this car."

Martinez also appreciated the FX's lane-departure warning system ("I expected a simple beeping to go off once I swerved off course, but was happily surprised when I felt a slight brake and tug of the wheel in the opposite direction."), but the radar cruise control "was at times too imposing. A system with a 'radar off' button would be ideal." Overall, Martinez enjoyed his time in the Infiniti, once he grew accustomed to the driving experience. "The FX takes a little while to get used to due to its size. The front shoulders, like those on the GT-R and the Maxima, are clearly visible from the driver's seat and can throw off cornering and lane-placement judgment. Smooth throttle tip-in, too, takes some time to master. I felt bad for my friends whose heads rocked back into their respective headrests at nearly every stoplight."

"There's not enough rear legroom," adds Martinez. "Even my girlfriend, who is a tad over five feet, complained about the dismal back seat space. The same can't be said of the cargo area, though. We packed in lots of bags, folding chairs, and other tidbits with ease."


2009 Infiniti FX50 S
Months/miles in service 11/24,573
Avg econ/CO2 17.0 mpg/1.14 lb/mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $764.99 (3 - oil change/inspection/rotate tires, replace engine and cabin air filters)
Normal-wear cost $0

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