Car Review: 2012 Infiniti FX remains unchanged, its luxury still topping the list

There’s a lot to like about the 2012 Infiniti FX, the main draw being that it’s luxury and then some with this sporty SUV.   Photo: 2012 Infiniti FX SUV Photo: Russell Dandridge

DALLAS, October 8, 2012 — There’s a lot to like about the 2012 Infiniti FX, the main draw being that it’s luxury and then some with this sporty SUV.   

Not a hard deal to find these days, putting together the luxury and the SUV into one vehicle worth owning, but the 2012 Infiniti FX stands out with a distinct style just as it has in years past. Why change a good thing? So the folks at Infiniti opted not to change anything save for a retooled front grille and gauge illumination.

There is a new offering though: the FX35 Limited Edition and it’s worth a look if you’re in the market for the higher end offering.

Competition is from the Acura MDX, Lexus RX 350, Lincoln MKX and for performance, it’s the BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne to consider, but those all come with higher price tags as well.

Trim levels on this Infiniti are the FX35, FX Limited Edition and FX50. On the FX35 you can opt for a V6-powered rear or all-wheel drive and the V8 FX50 is AWD only.

Standard on the FX35 are 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, fog lights, sunroof, power-folding heated outside mirrors, keyless ignition/entry, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, full power accessories, eight-way power front seats, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, back-up camera, and a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls.

For the FX35 with a Premium package added, there are aluminum roof rails, driver seat memory, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a 360-degree parking-camera system, front and rear parking sensors, a hard-drive navigation system voice-activated controls, and an expanded digital music storage.

The Deluxe Touring package, which you can only opt for in addition to the Premium package, will also add 20-inch wheels, quilted leather seating, ventilated front seats, maple wood trim and a cargo cover.

The 2012 FX35 Limited Edition stands out with 21-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, a variety of additional from the Premium package like the driver seat memory and the parking camera system.

On the top-of-the-line primo FX50, you get all the aforementioned goodies and add to that a better climate control system with air filtration, quilted leather seats and ventilated front seats.

On the Technology package for the FX50, that only comes in addition to the Deluxe Touring package offering from the FX35, and you get automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, adaptive headlamps, forward collision warning, intelligent brake assist, and a lane-departure warning and prevention system. There is a twin-screen rear-seat entertainment system as well.

The Infiniti FX: sporty and luxury Photo: Dandridge

For the FX50 Sport package, add dark-tinted exterior trim, active rear steering and adaptive two-mode suspension dampers.

Under the hood the 2012 Infiniti FX35 has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with 303 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The FX50 ups that to a 5.0-liter V8 with 390 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque. Only available with a seven-speed automatic manual shift control, the rear-wheel drive is standard for the FX35, and for the all-wheel-drive there is a rear emphasis for the vehicle’s sporty handling capability.

Safety on this 2012 Infiniti for the FX35 and FX50 offerings include antilock disc brakes, front seat-mounted side and full-length side curtain airbags, and traction and stability control. There is also a lane-departure warning and prevention system that is optional, based on package upgrades or an adaptive cruise control and intelligent brake assist.

Inside the 2012 Infiniti FX, you get a luxury interior with plenty of leather, wood trim and soft material.

Kudos on the audio and navigation systems, but it takes a minute to figure it out. Afterwards it is smooth sailing though.

For leg room and head room concerns, there is a plenty of room in both cases up front, but the back seats might be a bit cramped for a taller passenger.

Luggage space is the norm with 25 cubic feet, but the flat folding seats add to the cargo space capability, making it easy to haul most of what you need to move around.

For driving, it’s a good ride and the 2012 Infiniti FX easily takes the maneuvers you give it, handling and riding with a confidence worth noting. The optional larger wheels will change the ride noticeable, however, so depending on your comfort preference, check this out before committing.

Should You Need to Know:  The 2012 Infiniti FX35 offers the same body as the G37 sport sedan and in performance tests, the FX came in around zero to 60 miles per hours in 6.6 seconds while the FX50 showed better numbers at 5.5 seconds. 

Miles Per Gallon:  The 2012 Infiniti FX35 AWD that I drove came in at 16 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon on the highway.

Cost: Cost for the Limited Edition 2012 FX35 had a price tag of $52,445.

 Rita Cook is a writer/editor with has over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 13-plus years. She is a frequent auto and travel contributor on a radio show in Los Angeles called Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings. 

She also contributes travel and auto to the Anthony Duva show, which can be heard live from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST every Sunday at

Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association, writes for the Dallas Morning News Green Living Section as well as artist profiles and www.greensourceDFW and spends much of her time on the road traveling or working on books.

She recently received the 2012 Green Media Award from the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association.

Her latest book releases are both “Haunted Dallas” and “Haunted Fort Worth” from Her third book in the Haunted Series will be released in October “Haunted Bartlesville, Oklahoma.”  Follow Cook at Twitter at @ritacook13.  


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Rita Cook is a writer/editor with over 1000 articles to her credit in the past 10-plus years. She is the co-host of a radio show in Los Angeles; Insider Mag Radio at KPRO 1570 am and is on from midnight to 12:30 a.m. Monday mornings.  Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writer’s Association and also writes an eco-friendly column for the Dallas Morning News.


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