2007 Infiniti FX35 - Sport Sedan or SUV?

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2007 Infiniti FX35 - Sport Sedan or SUV?

Postby AZhitman » Wed May 23, 2007 10:14 am

The 2007 Infiniti FX35 has a split personality. It handles like a sport sedan, yet it is a full-fledged SUV. It’s a good thing!

The 2007 Infiniti FX35 received a makeover last year that re-tuned the suspension for a smoother ride and added a bunch of standard features. Don’t worry, the sport sedan side of its personality is still dominant.

Make no mistake; the 2007 Infiniti FX35 will never be mistaken for an “ordinary” SUV. Its arched roofline, high beltline, big wheels, and low-profile performance tires announce its sporting intent. With its all-independent suspension, a near-ideal 52-48 front-to-rear weight distribution, and a strong engine, the FX35 is a formidable road machine.

The 2007 Infiniti FX35 is a mid-size crossover SUV that comes in one well-equipped trim level. The 2006 FX35 received a freshening that tweaked all aspects of the sporty SUV, but focused on adding standard features. The standard equipment list for 2007 is long and impressive: 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, power-adjustable leather front seats, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, a 300-watt Bose audio system with an in-dash 6-disc CD changer, a rear-view monitor, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and full power accessories.

Options include a navigation system, satellite radio, Intelligent Key keyless entry and starting, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, run-flat tires, radar-based adaptive cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, and Bluetooth connectivity. There is a Sport Package with even more aggressive tweaks, including a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels and tires, aluminum interior trim, and dark chrome exterior accents.

For 2007, the FX35 is pre-wired for an MP3 player. As many as five occupants can fit inside the FX35, which features a wrap-around-style cockpit with aluminum accents. The steering wheel and gauges move up and down as a unit. Rear occupants get a 60/40-split/folding bench seat. Cargo volume is 27.4 cubic feet, which expands to 64.5 cubic feet when the rear seat is folded.

At the heart of the FX35, a 3.5-liter V6 beats at a potent 275 hp with 268 lb/ft of torque. Placed to the rear of the engine compartment, the drivetrain achieves much of the performance advantage associated with rare mid-engine layouts. Weight is perfectly distributed to put all the power where the rubber meets the road. A 5-speed automatic transmission with a manual-shift mode is the sole gearbox. Rear-wheel drive is standard and optional all-wheel drive adds the SUV traction touch.

The 2007 Infiniti FX35 is in its element on the road. It handles more like a sport sedan than an SUV with minimal body roll, quick steering response and a confidence achieved by few other sports-oriented SUVs.

Safety features on the high-performance FX35 are particularly complete: anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, full-length curtain airbags, traction control, and stability control are all standard, as are rear-view and tire-pressure monitors. The unique optional Lane Departure Warning System (LDW) alerts the driver to any unintended movement of the FX35 out of its traffic lane. In NHTSA crash tests, the 2007 Infiniti FX35 earned top ratings, scoring five (out of five) stars for its protection of occupants in both front and side impacts. In IIHS frontal-offset testing, the FX earned the top score of "Good".

The 2007 Infiniti FX35 proves the “S” in Sport Utility Vehicle has meaning. If you really want a sports sedan, but better come home in an SUV, the Infiniti FX35 is your stealthy choice.

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