2011 Infiniti FX35 AWD

The Infiniti FX is probably one of the least functional crossover vehicles on the market today, thanks to its compromised interior space and-particularly-luggage space. (The cargo area offers no storage under the floor, either, an area that's completely filled by an eighteen-inch spare wheel and tire.) The FX does deserve credit for looking distinctive, though. I personally don't find that overstyled look very attractive, but the "midnight mocha" paint of our test vehicle complemented the Infiniti's curves very well.

Even with the base six-cylinder powerplant, the FX is pretty quick and is one of the more fun-to-drive crossovers on the market, with responsive handling and a firm yet not overly harsh ride. I wouldn't want wheels any larger than this car's twenty-inchers, though. (Twenty-ones are optional on the V-8-powered version.) I especially like the fact that the FX is available with rear-wheel drive, as well as all-wheel drive.

Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor

Our brown over brown-and-black test FX35 looked great. The quilted leather seats remind me of two things: Chanel handbags and Lamborghini cabins. Both are good company.

I parked the FX35 next to our Four Seasons QX56 and had to conclude that one of these things is not like the other. There's no family resemblance between the two vehicles. One, the QX56, is big, bulky, and unattractive; the other, the FX, is as sleek and as stylish as can be.

I used the very good Bluetooth interface as I drove to work and called Automobile Magazine contributing writer and columnist Ezra Dyer. As I accelerated out of my driveway, he said, "Are you driving an Infiniti?" I said, "Yeah, how did you know?" He replied, "I could tell from the sound of the exhaust."

Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

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