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Infiniti FX50

When it comes to the Infiniti FX50, it can be said it may be slightly light on practicality. On the other hand, its unique features, styling, and performance more than make for an appealing package.

One of the more notable examples of the notion of luxury power crossover SUVs is the Infiniti FX50. It's got the luxury part covered, with an interior that comes with a wide range of features and thanks to the thundering V8 power and capable handling, it provides plenty of power. It also boasts evocative styling and technological wizardry that would please nearly any early adopter. The FX50 may sound frivolous in theory, but it's a pretty impressive vehicle in the flesh.

The 2010 Infiniti FX50 is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 that produces 390 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Acceleration is quick, with the 0-100-kilometre-per-hour sprint taking just 5.5 seconds. The Infiniti FX50's V8 is smooth and refined in most situations; there's substantial power on tap – the big engine hurtles forward effortlessly when you give it the spurs. On back roads, the FX50 handles more like a sport wagon than a crossover SUV. The steering has a tight, direct feel, while the suspension handles the curves with ease. The brakes also have a sporty feel and deliver consistent stopping distances, even after repeated hard stops. The FX also works well as a highway cruiser.

Plenty To Enjoy On The Inside

The 2010 Infiniti FX50 features a rich and luxurious interior with plentiful soft-touch materials and supple leather. The vehicle's audio and navigation system interface is one of the best in the business; it's a bit tricky to figure out at first, but the various control redundancies make it easy to find a way of operation that suits your style. The standard 360-degree camera system provides a highly useful top-down view of the FX's proximity to other cars or curbs while parking. The front seats provide ample adjustment as well as head and legroom; most people will find them quite comfortable and supportive.

Tech & Standard Features Galore

The 2010 Infiniti FX50 is a five-passenger midsize luxury crossover SUV that is offered in one well appointed trim level. Standard features include 21-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, fog lights, heated outside mirrors, a power liftgate, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, heated and ventilated power front seats with driver memory settings, full power accessories, quilted leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control with a filtration system, a tonneau cover and aluminum pedals. On the technology front, the FX50 comes standard with a top-view multi-camera parking system and a hard drive based navigation system with voice recognition, real-time traffic and weather reports. Also included is an 11 speaker Bose audio system with a DVD/CD/MP3 player, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a 9.3GB music server and iPod integration.

Can It Be Your Preferred Crossover of Choice?

It really comes down to whether the Infiniti FX50's striking curves, formidable performance and boatloads of technology combine to make it your preferred choice. It is an astonishing car by anyone’s criteria – no doubt about it. It has the looks, the power, the luxury, the convenience, the tech, the ride, the handling; you name it and it’s probably already on the inside hiding somewhere. This is a remarkable amount of car for your money so definitely consider investing in it if you’re looking for a pioneering, concept-looking luxury SUV.