Sometimes you look at a vehicle so nice on the eyes, then you realize that if you owned the car you would never want it out of your sight. This, to an extent, describes the 2012 Infiniti FX50, which practically jumps off every showroom floor it touches. Politely borrowing from the Infiniti Essence hybrid supercar, the FX50 embodies a combination of Japanese aesthetics with Formula 1 aggression. The latest iteration of this mid-size luxury crossover SUV features an incredibly satisfying fusion of interior luxury, exterior sleekness and superior performance that is not to be taken lightly.
Let’s start with the exterior where we can cite features like integrated rear spoilers, power sliding moonroof, bi-functional xenon headlights, specially designed LEDs, and Adaptive Front Lighting System. There are also a variety of new aesthetic features (chrome windows and redone front grille and fascia) that add specifically to the appearance, giving it the lustrous, intelligent look that make its progressive performance almost seem like an afterthought. That is to say, you’ll be so excited by the looks on peoples’ jealous faces as you pass by that you’ll forget you just accelerated 0-60 mph in 5 seconds flat.
Once you move inside the vehicle you are presented with yet another dimension of this car’s elegance. Behold: a wheat interior with quilted leather sports seats, climate controlled 10-way power driving seat with great lumbar support, aluminum pedals, magnesium paddle shifters, voice recognition, satellite radio, front and rear sonar system, intelligent key startup, Bluetooth hands-free and streaming audio, Bose 11 speakers, and an adaptable USB connection.
As far as performance, there is little here to dissuade one from immediately jumping on board. Consider the 5.0 Liter V8 32 valve engine which garners 390 horsepower and 4,400 rpms, intelligent AWD, 7 speed automatic transmission, 4 piston front 2 piston rear braking, Active power steering, 21 inch 6 spoke aluminum alloy wheels, and comforting safety features like lane departure warning, distance control assistance and intelligent brake assistance. Also, join the fuel economy revolution and save a few bucks on gasoline by getting 14mpg in the city and 20mpg on the highway. On the whole you’re looking to spend under $3,500 a year on gas while being able to crack 100 mph in 12.6 seconds.
While the 2012 Infinity FX50 AWD S is certainly not cheap with the price tag of $66,545, for the commanding body you’re getting in a car and the beauty and safety features that come included, this is a vehicle worth considering for the new year.