2013 Infiniti FX37: Family Checklist

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The 2013 Infiniti FX37 is a midsize SUV, but with its smaller backseat I thought I would have to "make it work," as Tim Gunn from the TV show "Project Runway" says. However, it fit effortlessly into my daily life of chauffeuring two school-age kids — and their stuff — around.

It's not just its looks that turn heads. The FX37's new-for-2013 3.7-liter V-6 engine sounds sexy. It's got a deep rumble that sounds great outside and in the FX37. Even better is its fabulous acceleration and exceptional handling, and the FX has virtually no body roll, which is surprising given its elevated ground clearance.

Infiniti is changing the names of its cars for the 2014 model year, and the FX lineup will be the QX70. With the name change, it's a good time to get a deal on a 2013 FX.

My children, ages 8 and 11, were comfortable in the FX's backseat, though adults may feel cramped because of the lack of legroom and the sloping roof that impacts headroom. When it comes to legroom, the FX leads against its competitors in the front row with 44.7 inches, but falls short in the backseat at 34.6 inches. The BMW X5 has 40.0 inches in front and 36.6 in the backseat; the Lexus RX 350 comes in at 43.1/36.8 inches and the Mercedes-Benz at 40.3/38.4 inches.

By Sara Lacey | September 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Zipping straight up to the No. 1 spot on our list of most-watched videos in its debut week is the 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Cars.com reviewer Jennifer Geiger says the relatively static roadster proves change is not always necessary: "same looks," "same mission," same "affordable, uncomplicated fun." Also joining the list this week are PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' overview of the 2013 Nissan Titan at No. 4 and Cars.com's 2013 Ford Edge Exhaust Note video at No. 5, giving you a taste of the crossover's acceleration sounds. Check out what was popular:

1. 2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata
2. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge
3. 2013 Infiniti FX37
4. 2013 Nissan Titan

5. 2013 Ford Edge Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | July 6, 2013 | Comments (2)

2013 Infiniti FX37: Test Car Photo Gallery

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What makes the 2013 Infiniti FX37 really stand out among luxury crossovers is its heavy emphasis on performance. The all-wheel-drive FX37 we tested comes with a 3.7-liter V-6, good for 325 horsepower and 267 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. We found its precision handling and quickness impressive, and although the utility is there, it's hardly the focus of this sport-tuned SUV.

The FX37 we tested starts at $46,700, including a $950 destination charge, and gets an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 16/22 mpg city/highway. Standard features include 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights; leather seats; heated, power driver and front-passenger seats; power moonroof with sliding sunshade; power liftgate; black lacquer interior trim; 7-inch multimedia screen; pushbutton start; backup camera; and Bluetooth connectivity.

By Matt Schmitz | July 5, 2013 | Comments (2)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

PickupTrucks.com's 2013 Light-Duty Challenge threw its weight around for a second week to retain the No. 1 spot among our most-watched videos. Meanwhile, the lone newcomer to the list this week is the Cars.com sister site's introduction of the 2013 Ford F-150, which editor Mark Williams says is nearly identical to the previous model except for the new $50,000-plus Limited trim package. For those keeping score at home, four out of five of our most-watched videos are now pickup trucks. Check out what was popular:

1. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge
2. 2013 Toyota Tundra
3. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (MotorWeek)
4. 2013 Infiniti FX37
5. 2013 Ford F-150
By Matt Schmitz | June 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Infiniti FX37

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The 2013 Infiniti FX37 is a sport-utility vehicle that puts heavy emphasis on the "sport," but seems to have less use for the "utility." Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says the FX37's sports-car platform translates to precise handling and ample passing power, assisted by a 7% horsepower boost this year. Hanley says the FX's "swoopy" exterior styling keeps it looking fresh, and although its shape provides surprisingly generous passenger room, it does come at the expense of rear visibility. Follow the link below to see what else Hanley has to say.

2013 Infiniti FX37 Review
By Matt Schmitz | June 26, 2013 | Comments (1)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The debut of PickupTrucks.com's 2013 Light Duty Challenge put up some heavy-duty numbers to seize the No. 1 spot on our list of most-watched videos. The video highlights this year's contest, featuring six trucks — all meeting minimum criteria of being four-door and four-wheel-drive, able to tow 8,500 pounds and costing no more than $45,000 — undergoing a battery of tests. Find out how the competing pickups fared and check out what else was popular:

1. 2013 Light Duty Challenge
2. 2014 Acura RLX
3. 2013 Toyota Tundra
4. 2013 Infiniti FX37
5. 2014 Chevrolet Silverado (MotorWeek)
By Matt Schmitz | June 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Infiniti FX37 Video

The sporty Infiniti FX just got sportier for 2013 as the luxury crossover — now called the FX37 — gets a more powerful 325-horsepower V-6 along with improved fuel economy. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley says what's most notable is how the low-slung FX37 punches up the driving experience without sacrificing utility. Can you overlook some subpar cabin features and limited visibility? Watch the video and decide.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Infiniti FX: Car Seat Check

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Infiniti's curvaceous SUV has sporty styling and the driving dynamics to back it up, but its interior room is misleading. The FX is technically a five-seat midsize SUV, but a small backseat and a space-stealing floor hump in front of the middle seat means it's a tight squeeze. The lack of room coupled with odd Latch anchor placement complicated child-safety seat installation.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: Airbag Problem Affects Millions of Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda Vehicles

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Four Japanese automakers — Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mazda — have announced a voluntary recall of 3 million vehicles worldwide because of possibly faulty airbags; more than a million of those vehicles are in the U.S.

According to the automakers, the problem lies in the front-passenger airbag inflator, which in affected vehicles could deploy with too much pressure due to improperly manufactured propellant wafers, causing the inflator casing to rupture. This could result in injuries to passengers, though none have been reported. The airbags were manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp., a major world supplier of airbags.

According to Toyota, affected vehicles in the U.S. include 510,000 Toyota Corolla compact sedans, Matrix compact hatchbacks, Sequoia SUVs and Tundra pickup trucks, as well as Lexus SC 430 sport coupes, all manufactured between 2001 and 2003. According to news reports, Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles worldwide.

Toyota said it will notify owners by mail. Dealers will inspect the front-passenger airbag; if it is equipped with an affected inflator, the inflator will be replaced with a new one for free. Toyota owners can go to www.toyota.com/recall or call Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331; Lexus owners can go to www.lexus.com/recall or call Lexus customer service at 800-255-3987.

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2013 | Comments (6)

Infiniti to Rename Entire Lineup Q or QX

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Infiniti, one of the last luxury holdouts to have model numbers that actually indicate engine size — as opposed to BMW, Mercedes and Lexus — will rename its entire lineup using Q or QX monikers starting with the 2014 model year.

Luxury brands like Volvo, Audi and Lincoln have similar conventions; Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen headed up Audi of America until last spring. Citing the need for "a new identity and direction to promote consumer familiarity with our model range as we expand the portfolio," he laid out plans to begin the shift "in logical stages" starting with the 2014 model year.

Among Infiniti's SUVs, the EX35 becomes the QX50, the JX35 will be the QX60, the FX35/50 will be the QX70 and the QX56 will be the QX80.

Among the brand's cars, the G25/37 sedan becomes the Q50, which debuts in redesigned form at next month's Detroit auto show. It’s essentially the next G with a new name. The G37 coupe and convertible become the Q60, and the M37/56 becomes the Q70.

By Kelsey Mays | December 17, 2012 | Comments (15)

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