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AUTO REVIEW 2007 Infiniti FX35

Rockville, MD. (MarketWatch) -- The traffic on the interstate came
to a dead stop, and only then did we spy the flashing sign that
said, "Accident ahead. All lanes blocked." Oh, thank you very much
for telling us now.

Find a nice back road, and you will be amazed at the poised, and
yes, sports-car like way that the FX handles. Our test vehicle had
the optional sport suspension and 20-inch wheels, and amazed us
with its good grip and lack of body lean in any sensible cornering.
Out on the interstate, the FX was peaceful and serene, and as we
found out when the traffic finally cleared, it ignores cross winds. Under the hood was a 3.5 liter, 280-horsepower V6 that was refined
and seldom heard from, unless one put the pedal to the floor. Zero
to sixty popped up in just over 7.6 seconds. Our test vehicle had
the smooth shifting 5-speed automatic, and averaged 16.5 miles per
gallon in all kinds of driving. The EPA rates the FX 35 at 16 to 21
miles per gallon. By the way, step up to the FX45 and you get a
4.5-liter, 320-horsepower V8 rated at 14/18 MPG. Our test vehicle came with a $4,200 optional "Technology Package"
that included one of the most annoying features of the FX -- the
Lane Departure Warning System. Cross over any line in the road, and
the thing beeps. It was especially fun in parking lots. The system
can be defeated by flipping a switch mounted far too low and to the
left of the steering column. Our other beef concerned rear visibility, which was hampered by the
second seat headrests and small rear window. That was offset to a
degree by a rear-mounted camera that displayed in living color what
was behind you on the 7" screen used by the navigation system.
The bottom line price on our test Infiniti was $48,520. That
includes $8,500 in options that we probably could have lived
without and still had a nice vehicle. However, that is between you
and your checkbook.


AUTO REVIEW 2007 Infiniti FX35
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