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Infiniti's FX35 inches closer to driving itself

The Infiniti FX35 is a triple-threat with high levels of technology (safety and infotainment), luxury, and performance.

2010 Infiniti FX35
Although down on power from the 5.0-liter model, the 2010 FX35 kept us grinning as we blasted through the Santa Cruz mountains. Antuan Goodwin/CNET

When we last crossed paths with Infiniti's FX-series of crossovers, it was behind the wheel of the mighty 2009 FX50S powered by a rip-snorting 5.0-liter V-8 and equipped with a bevvy of go-fast sport package goodies and high tech gizmos. Our most recent encounter, however, was with a brand-new 2010 FX35. Its docile V-6 doesn't pack as much of a punch as the big V-8 and, without the "S" badge's add-ons, it doesn't dance nearly as well around a corner. However with 303-horsepower on tap, the '35 is not exactly wanting for power, and compared with most crossovers of its size, it's a regular canyon-carver.

But what's most important is that the 2010 FX35 hasn't lost any of the gee-whiz gadgetry that we loved so much in the previous model year. In fact, it's only gotten better with an updated cabin tech interface, new audio sources, and a new assortment of automated lane-departure prevention and distance-control assist safety features that nudge the vehicle back into its lane and stop the car to avoid an accident, helping to keep a slightly distracted driver from becoming a seriously injured one. Check out the full review of the 2010 Infiniti FX35 RWD for even more detail, videos, and photos.