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2012 Infiniti FX35 Limited Edition

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Infiniti's maps are good, though not quite as refined as those from other luxury automakers.

For audio sources, Infiniti includes all I could want. The FX35 not only has a USB port for iPod connectivity or a USB drive, but also an onboard hard drive for music storage and Bluetooth audio streaming. The music library presentation for iPods and the onboard hard drive shows music categorized by the usual categories, such as album and artist, but it only displays music on USB drives by folder and file.

The FX35 comes with a Bose-branded 11-speaker sound system. Although not quite audiophile-quality, this system is certainly above average. It has ample amplification for playing music loudly and produces good detail. I like the separation, the ability to hear different instruments distinctly. But I felt the system lacked a certain depth. I couldn't hear all the tones from an individual guitar string being picked, and electronic trills lacked that high-frequency glistening sound that better systems can bring out.

In sum
Although its driver assistance systems, such as lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and surround-view cameras, are excellent, other cabin tech in the 2012 Infiniti FX35 Limited Edition no longer reaches the cutting edge. Navigation, phone, and stereo systems are all better than most, but fall behind those of other luxury carmakers.

The addition of the seven-speed automatic transmission is a good step forward for Infiniti, but other areas of performance tech are in need of an upgrade. For example, a smaller-displacement, direct-injection V-6 should improve fuel economy considerably.

The FX35 is well-designed from an aesthetic view point, carrying Infiniti styling effortlessly from sedan to SUV. The cabin tech interface also wins it design points. But while the cabin is comfortable, its cargo space is limited, losing a little on practicality.

Tech specs
Model 2012 Infiniti FX35
Trim Limited Edition
Power train 3.5-liter V-6 engine, 7-speed automatic transmission
EPA fuel economy 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway
Observed fuel economy 17.6 mpg
Navigation Standard hard-drive-based system with traffic data
Bluetooth phone support Standard, with contact list download
Disc player MP3-compatible single-CD
MP3 player support iPod integration
Other digital audio Bluetooth streaming audio, onboard hard drive, USB drive, satellite radio
Audio system Bose 11-speaker system
Driver aids Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane departure prevention, distance control, surround-view camera, front-view camera, rearview camera
Base price $51,550
Price as tested $52,445

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