Reasons to Buy a Infiniti FX35
Top Reasons for Buying an Infiniti FX35 | CarMax

October 2016

The Infiniti FX35 set the quality standard for crossover SUVs in 2003, and its innovative look and feel are still standouts in an industry of similar vehicles.

The vehicle is distinct with its sleek build and cutting-edge utility, and offers drivers the experience of a luxurious sport sedan combined with the all the features of a mid-size SUV. Only a handful of other automakers have managed to marry utility and luxury into a crossover the way Infiniti has.  

Appearance

Infiniti known for designing elegant cars, and their work on the FX35 is no exception. While each year’s model looks better than the preceding, it would be silly to underestimate the beauty of the original mold.

Engineered to engender the look, feel, and handling of a sports car in an SUV, the FX-35 was (and is) a pioneer in SUV design. 

On the interior, the convex paneling provides a more spacious experience for passengers that, combined with the leather surfacing and wood or metal trim (depending on the option package), gives an upscale, balanced appearance. Adjustable front seats makes it comfortable for passengers, no matter what their height.

The FX35's cargo capacity is smaller than many of its competitors with 24.8 cubic feet, but folding down the rear seats nearly triples that capacity to 62 cubic feet.

Features

A variety of standard features await newer FX35 owners, including dual-zone automatic temperature control, side impact airbags, Bose premium audio system with satellite radio, an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth and a rearview camera. Optional features include lane-departure warning, parking sensors, keyless ignition, and a built-in navigational system with iPod integration.

While the sheer number of features might seem overwhelming, their logical placement spreads them out comfortably and allows for intuitive access. Additionally, the rearview camera and optional lane-departure systems can easily solve any misgivings a driver could have about rear visibility.

Technical and Safety Specs

Coming in either a RWD or AWD drivetrain and with a firm suspension, the performance and handling of the FX35 is closer to a sports car than an SUV. With horsepower ranging from 275 to 325, acceleration is perfectly satisfactory.

The FX35 has a total of eight airbags, including front, side, side curtain and secondary side curtain airbags. A telescopic steering wheel is easy to adjust, and traction control, brake assist, integrated turn signal mirrors and rollover protection add peace of mind.  

All Infiniti models also come with active headrest, and if you’re struck from behind, instead of the stationary headrest that could cause whiplash injuries, the headrests will go up and forward.

Cost

The FX35’s was replaced by the FX37 in 2013, keeping prices lower on used FX35s. While newer used models can run upwards of $25,000, it's not unusual to find an older model with less than 100,000 miles for much less.

Conclusion

If you're looking for the space of an SUV but want something a little more fun to drive than the norm, you'd be hard pressed to find a better option than the FX35 and its descendants.

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