2010 Infiniti FX50 AWD

Unlike my colleagues, my night with the FX was relatively clear and I had a few chances to stomp on the gas and unleash all 390 horsepower. This was my first chance behind the wheel of an FX and now I'm wondering what all the hype was about the BMW X6 and X6M's performance. Infiniti has been building a vehicle very similar to the X6 idea for quite a while and it's not slow by any stretch of the imagination.

One option I'd certainly skip on an FX is the odd, rear active steering. I'm pretty sure the Blizzak winter tires exacerbate the issue, but I found high-speed turns to be a bit unnerving with active rear steering. There's a very unnatural feeling that comes from the rear of the vehicle and requires frequent correction during constant-radius turns like an on or off ramp on the highway. Otherwise the FX is very buttoned down given its physical dimensions.

It's pretty amazing how much nicer the FX is than an EX. Interior materials are a step up as is the infotainment system. While the EX infotainment unit looks like it came straight from a Nissan, the FX unit has an upscale look that is on par with other luxury vehicles. I enjoyed the sport front buckets, but there's no way I'd ever enjoy them enough to justify the aforementioned rear steering that's also part of the sport package. Pitty you can't opt for just the more supportive seats as a stand-alone option.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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