2010 Infiniti FX50 AWD

I agree with Phil Floraday. In my personal pecking order, I'd be likely to choose the Infiniti FX50 over the BMW X6. Dynamically, the bulging FX lives up to every high expectation established by the insanely capable X6. Best of all, our well-equipped test vehicle had a total price below the base price of a V-8 X6. And it looks just as weird.

Whether due to the rear active steering, the winter tires, or 390 hp, this is one tail-happy truck. Climbing the parking ramp (and taking it rather easy on the throttle) I was able to coax a noticeable oversteer before stability control reeled in the slide-fun and unexpected for an all-wheel-drive SUV this large.

The FX sports the nicest paddle shifters in the automotive industry, including sports cars. That's because they're borrowed from Nissan's GT-R, but they work just as well here thanks to large size, excellent location, and being fixed to the steering column. Functionally, the Infiniti's infotainment display is among the best out there, but graphically I find it to be standing alone at the top of the mountain. It's nice to see that Infiniti hired some actual designers to handle the increasingly important art of the user interface.

Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor

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