A heavy, wet snow started falling when I was visiting a friend at the hospital, and by the time I left, the roads were at their most slippery, as the plows hadn't yet been dispatched. This FX35 wasn't equipped with snow tires, and the first turn I took was a little unnerving as I braked, turned the wheel, and the tires lost grip. However, ABS, a little bit of corrective steering, and then a step on the gas quickly righted things as the all-wheel-drive system kicked in.
That day and the next, the FX proved to be a very capable all-weather vehicle, but it's also a car that cossets the driver. The quilted leather seats add to a true sense of luxury, and the abundance of user-friendly electronic devices (navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, etc.) means the driver has all the modern conveniences he would expect in car of this price.
The styling of the FX has grown on me. On their own, some of the features (the overly long hood, the truncated rear, the odd stance) seem strange, but when you put them all together, you get a vehicle that somehow works.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor