HerHighway’s female automotive experts recently test-drove the 2012 Infiniti FX35 Limited Edition in Southern California. For the occasion, Editor in Chief, Christina Selter found the perfect pair of Luichiny blue boots to complement the vehicle’s brilliant blue exterior. She kicked back for a few minutes while the team got the money shot, then she took a tootle up the scenic Orange County coast.
“The 2012 Infiniti FX35’s stylish exterior and luxury features can turn a country bumpkin into a complete spoiled brat. Well maybe not a brat, but for sure spoiled,” Christina admitted. It was love at first site for the HerHighway women when the new Infinity FX35 arrived. The sculpted bodylines of this distinctive crossover made it hard to take our eyes off of it…you know, like when you see a ripped and chiseled athlete walking on the beach!
Better yet, you can order your new FX35 to suit your personal tastes: rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive; standard 3.5-liter V6…or a 5.0-liter V8 that churns out 390 horsepower. A word of caution though, the high-powered V8 version adds about ten grand to the sticker price. The V6 provides plenty of muscle and performance and with the storage area you can fit huge items even a long board and surf gear. It offers up 303 horsepower and decent fuel economy at 16 / 23 MPG in city / highway cruising for the rear-wheel drive model.
The FX35’s suspension is tuned for tight cornering and stability, which is great for smooth and twisty roads. But over the dips and bumps, the crossover’s ride felt more like a sports car than a cushy luxury vehicle. Infinity does a nice job of neutralizing the stiffer than average ride with very comfortable, well cushioned seats and soft touch surfaces throughout the cabin.
We really liked the ease of use of the technology interface. It combines an intuitive control dial, flanked by direction buttons to quickly scroll through various menus on the LCD screen, which also has touch-screen functionality. With all of these streamlined controls for the navigation and stereo system, we could focus our attention on checking out the runners, cyclists and surfers out enjoying the sunshine along the coast. Although it didn’t help with our guy-gazing, the Infinity FX35’s sophisticated camera system provides both rear-views and front views, which we found to be very helpful for squeezing in to tight parking spaces.
The high stance of the FX35 crossover affords a great view of the roadway. It also gave us the ability to see over the tops of all the coupes and sedans on the road, adding to the FX35’s solid and secure driving experience. Standard safety features included four-wheel anti-lock brakes, traction control and the previously mentioned rearview camera. Safety upgrades include lane departure and forward collision warning systems, and intelligent brake assist.
It’s distinctive good looks, sporty handling and handy tech features make the 2012 Infinity FX35 an attractive choice in the crowded crossover category. To get the scoop on options, colors and pricing, click here.
Written by: HerHighway Staff Contributor and Editor Christina Selter