The FX is a great-yet expensive-solution for those who don't need to go off-road. It offers the acceleration, handling, and amenities of a luxury sport sedan with more space for stuff. It's not the best for the mega-carpooler and doesn't provide the cushy ride of a plush crossover, but for two people who can live with 25 cubic feet of cargo space (62 cubic feet with the back seat down), it's perfect.

From the Logbook

"When cruising through central California, the lane-departure system worked impressively. I expected a simple beeping to go off once I swerved from course, but was happily surprised to feel a slight brake and tug of the wheel in the opposite direction. Its radar cruise control was at times too imposing. A system with a 'radar off' button would be ideal."
- Nate Martinez

"Throttle tip-in is much too aggressive. Leaving a stop without getting all herky-jerky proves much too difficult. And it's not as if the engine needs an artificial 'sport' feeling-it's potent and great fun when you row the gears yourself. The engine note sounds great. The roar on start-up echoed through my apartment complex's parking area, and I hadn't even moved."
- Carlos Lago

"The rig carries speed discreetly and with little cabin fuss. In fact, my passengers had no clue how fast we were going until they asked if I could go faster (it was late in the evening and they were anxious to arrive at the cabin), and I said I didn't want to break 95 mph."
- Brian Vance

Our Car
Base Price $59,265
Options Sport Package ($3000: continuous damping control, rear active steer, adaptive front lighting, sport seats w/ driver four-way power bolster adjustment, dark-tint headlights, side air vents, lower side trim), Technology Package ($2900: Intelligent Brake Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist); cargo area protector ($225)
Price as tested $65,390
Total mileage 27,553 miles
Average fuel economy 17.0 mpg
Problem areas None
Maintenance cost $764.99
Normal-wear cost $0
3-year residual value* $26,810
Recalls None
*Automotive Lease Guide data