The front end was redesigned for 2012.
The design has aged pretty well in my opinion. It still looks upscale yet sporty.
It just doesn’t really seem like a $54 000 car in there. It has become a bit boring…
The seats are very comfortable. It is roomy enough in the back as well.
The 11-speaker Bose stereo in my test car sounded fine, but nothing amazing.
And the annoying “High speed warning 25 miles from your location” warning welcomes you every time you start the car. No matter where I was, there were some high winds exactly 25 miles away… (That feature was turned off quickly…)
The drive is a mixed bag. The engine is the smooth and powerful 325HP Nissan V6.
But in this case, it sounds very much like in the Nissan Z. Which is great in a Z, but feels out of place in a $54 000 Luxury SUV.
You just always hear it. And after a while, it does become annoying. Because you know, you’re not driving a sports car.
The 7-speed transmission is pretty smooth, but slow to react most of the time. Which doesn’t match at all the sporty sounds of the engine.
The steering would be fine. A bit twitchy, like most Infiniti models. But the super hard 21 tires ruin everything. It becomes really hard to control the car most of the time, except when the road is perfectly flat. The whole thing feels pretty unrefined. More like an old fashion muscle car than an expensive SUV. It just becomes quite a handful to drive....
The tires are also noisy. And contribute to a very harsh ride. A hard ride on an SUV doesn’t make things feel sporty at all. I’m not sure what they are going for here…
The FX37 is rated at 16/22MPG. It was impossible to get over 15 in the city.
Although I did get 25 on the freeway. Thanks to the new 7-speed auto.
The FX37 is a bit of an odd car. Infiniti is pushing the sporty side of things a bit too much.
It is very powerful but the transmission isn’t sporty at all. Yet the “Z like ride” is really out of place in a car like this.
I am sure the standard model with smaller wheels is a much better choice.
Which reminds me of reviews complaining of the same thing (Ride too rough with the larger tires) when the 1st generation was out. So they don’t seem to listen, or be able to improve things.
I think my $54 000 AWD “Special Edition” was just too expensive. Priced too close to the more prestigious European competition.