In 2009, the Infiniti FX50 replaces the FX45 at the top of the midsize luxury crossover SUV model line, sporting a more powerful engine, a redesigned interior and exterior, and a host of new features. Infiniti FX's performance capabilities and luxury reach their highest levels in the FX50 propelled by a 5.0L V8 engine that pushes out 390 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, with power sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control and rev-matched downshift. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the FX50 is 14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy. As shown in Infiniti FX50 photos, among the many luxury features are chrome trim accents on the lower door and side vents on the exterior, while its ultra-luxurious, five-passenger interior features quilted, leather seats, hand-stained maple wood trim and solid magnesium paddle shifters. Safety features include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front-seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, traction and stability control, an advanced lane-departure warning system and the new intelligent brake assist.Read more Read less
Infiniti's FX line of SUVs got a complete overhaul for the 2009 model year -- including a new trim level, the FX50. When the FX35 was introduced in 2003, it came in one trim level with a load of standard features. With this latest version, trim levels have been expanded to two: the FX35, with a more powerful 3.5L V6, and the FX50, with a brand-new 5L V8.The 7-speed automatic transmission is also new for 2009. The exterior of the FX has been updated, but it still retains its futuristic concept-car looks, and the interior has been upgraded to the same level as the Infiniti G series.
Sporty handling in an SUV body; new, more powerful engine available; roomy rear seats; improved handling
These SUVs are short on utility but high on sport -- as in sports car. The FX lacks a third-row seat and real cargo space, but it makes up for it in horsepower and handling. The base level FX35 has a 3.5L V6 engine that turns out 303 hp (28 more than last year) and 262 lb-ft of torque (6 less than last year). The new FX50's 5.0L V8 has 390 hp on tap and 369 lb-ft of torque, making it Infiniti's most powerful engine ever. Its off-road capabilities may be limited (no low gear, for example), but it screams through the twisties and delivers a high level of interior features, many of which are standard.