Before being sent to the rear wheels, power must flow through the FX's seven-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox features a manual shift mode and a sport mode that holds lower gears longer for more aggressive throttle response and downshifts when slowing to keep the engine speed lively.
Nose to tail, the FX isn't much longer than the Infiniti G sedan, with which it shares a platform. Wheelbase and track aren't too different, either. However, the crossover does have an extra 500-pounds of weight to lug around, with less power to boot.
Equipped with the V-6 and rear-wheel drive, the FX35 crosses the EPA's finish line at 16 city and 23 highway miles per gallon. Spend any amount of time in the transmission's Sport mode, and you can expect much lower numbers.
Specify the Navigation package and the FX gains three more cameras at the front and sides that can be stitched together by the Around View Monitor system. This gives the driver a bird's eye view of the area around the car, dramatically increasing low-speed safety.
We were constantly amazed at how well this big girl danced. Through sweeping curves, the FX settled in and just gripped without drama, hurtling down backroads at well over the posted limits--accidentally, of course. However, through sharp switchbacks and hairpins, the FX protested, making its heft known.
Equipped with both Premium and Deluxe Touring packages, this is about as good as the FX's interior gets, with nice leather appointments, metal details, and a few subtle wood inserts. The dashboard curves out, making the cabin appear more spacious despite its low (for an SUV) ceiling.
The FX's entire infotainment system has received a visual overhaul with crisper graphics, smoother textures, and anti-aliased text. This improves readability and gives the system a classy air that matches the rest of the interior.
XM NavWeather adds current weather conditions and forecasts for your current location and your destination. Weather bulletins and traffic updates appear on the map if an alert happens near you or along your route.
Bluetooth is also standard for hands-free calling. The system imports a paired phone's address book for easy onscreen and voice search. When upgraded with the Navigation package, the Bluetooth system gets a boost in the form of A2DP/AVRCP audio streaming.
Safety features include a system that steers the car for you if you drift out of the lane (Lane Departure Prevention) and a system that will stop the car to avoid an accident if you're not paying attention (Distance Control Assist).