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2013 Infiniti FX50 Cruising in Style>

Fashion designer icon Yves Saint Laurent once said that fashion fades, but style is eternal. Making a statement that sets you apart from the crowd, whether it’s through what you wear or what you drive, does define you, no matter what your mother said. Infiniti understands the importance of looking good and standing apart from the crowd. You can see it in every single vehicle it makes, especially the 2013 Infiniti FX50 sport utility vehicle.

On the outside, the FX50 is all about a modern silhouette, with a long hood, plenty of sculpting, arching, and tapering from front to rear. We love the boldness of it, and the fact that you won’t mistake it for any other vehicle on the road. The same can be said inside. Quilted leather seats, maple wood accents (no one does wood interiors like Infiniti — we still think the rosewood in the previous M35 was unparalleled), sequential welcome lighting, 10-way power driver’s seat and more just show that this brand knows what luxury is as much as it understands style.
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Technology also is top rate, here, with the Around View Monitor that gives you eyes all around the vehicle, lane guidance system, rearview camera, and more.
We love this techno-loaded vessel, but you buy an SUV for the room, and the Infiniti does a good job providing ample space for all your cargo. With the seats folded down the FX50 offers 62 cubic feet of volume. With the seats up, five occupants will travel in total comfort and safety. If you still need to move five people but don’t need the extra cargo space, check out the FX37, the little brother of the FX50.

For power, Infiniti endowed the FX50 with an impressive engine that not only provides more than enough power to sprint, run and maneuver, it does it with intelligent all-wheel drive, which provides better grip in both wet and dry road conditions. The 5.0-liter V8 produces 390 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to a silky smooth 7-speed transmission. We adore the downshift rev matching that not only saves the engine but also sounds impressive as it revs up to match the shifts. This is the closest some of you may come to driving like a professional racer. While big V8 power is a plus, it does compromise fuel economy. The FX50 is listed at 14 city and 20 highway mpg. Fuel economy aside, when you have a ride that’s as fun as this, what’s a few extra fuel bucks between friends?

When we say fun, we mean it. The FX50 features an adjustable damping mode so you can decide the type of ride you want (auto or sport). Select the box for the Sport Technology package and you’ll also get Rear Active Steer, which moves the wheels a small degree to help with stability and response when pushing the vehicle hard in corners. Both systems work really well.
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Much like the clothing of top designers, style doesn’t come cheaply. The FX50 AWD has a base price of $61,500. Add the optional Sport Technology Package for $6,250 and destination charge at $995, and you’re running just over $68K out the door. But like a good piece of designer clothing, you’ll wear it often, it will last a long time, and provide you with much satisfaction.

Written by BJ Killeen test driven and photographed by Christina Selter