2011 Infiniti FX35 AWD

The FX35 is the progenitor of a growing segment that now includes the BMW X6 and the Acura ZDX. (As an aside, it says something about the American car-buying public that we now have a choice of three large, expensive, low-utility crossovers with froglike profiles but only one affordable rear-wheel-drive roadster.) Despite the fact that it's had only one minor redesign in its seven years on the market, this pioneering crossover coupe has held up well.

By now, we've all had plenty of time to decide whether we love or hate the FX's styling. I kinda like it and furthermore find that it has stood the test of time. That bass-fish mouth still stands out in a parking lot. The cabin has a ritzy, almost bespoke feel -- special props go to the brown leather seats in our model and their beautiful cross-stitch pattern. Like every Infiniti, this one boasts an easy-to-use navigation system.

The FX was also one of the first crossovers with dynamic performance that is up to an enthusiast's standards, and it remains so. The Infiniti easily conquers highway with the sort of ease we usually experience in sporty sedans. The coarse old VQ V-6 is at home here, providing ample torque on demand and giving the Infiniti its signature exhaust growl.

David Zenlea, Assistant Editor

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