Recall Alert: 53,000 Nissan SUVs, Sedans and Infiniti Crossovers, Sedans

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 53,000 model-year 2003-04 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, 2004-06 Sentra sedans, 2003-05 Infiniti FX35 and FX45 luxury crossovers, 2003-04 I35 luxury sedans, and 2006 M35 and M45 luxury sport sedans, all originally sold or currently registered in areas with high absolute humidity, including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, a rupture could propel metal fragments, striking and seriously injuring occupants. This action is part of the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall that so far has affected nearly 7.8 million vehicles from 10 automakers.

The Fix: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Infiniti QX70 Real-World Cargo Space

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Once known as the Infiniti FX37, the now-called QX70 balances a delicate line between performance car and SUV. It has more cargo space than you'd expect from its long-nose, rear-sloping sports car looks.

Related: 2015 Infiniti QX70 Expert Review

In her review of the QX70, Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela writes, "There was 24.8 cubic feet of storage space behind the backseat, enough to easily fit four overstuffed kitchen-trash bags full of clothes from my three daughters' annual before-school closet clean-out, along with a large plastic contractor bag full of books. Impressive. I'm not sure this would have been possible in the BMW X3's 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and it definitely wouldn't have been in the Porsche Macan, which has only 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space."

The QX70 has 62 cubic feet of total cargo space. See how well the QX70 handles common cargo items below.

By Joe Bruzek | September 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Infiniti QX70 Video

The former Infiniti FX got a new name, but the luxury compact SUV needs much more if it hopes to stay competitive. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says he still likes the 2015 QX70, but can't get past some utility and driving shortcomings that are getting increasingly difficult to ignore. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Infiniti QX70S: Car Seat Check

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Last year, Infiniti's sporty two-row crossover dumped its FX prefix for a QX, and thus the FX37 became the QX70. Now, for the 2015 model year, the QX70 has dropped its low-selling 5.0-liter V-8 engine offering, opting instead just to go with the more popular 3.7-liter V-6.

We last tested the QX70 more than a year ago when it went by the different moniker, though some of our complaints about legroom, Latch anchors and tether anchors feel the same. Still, the luxury crossover's letter grades generally went unchanged, and in the case of the rear-facing convertible seat even improved from a C to an A. Find out how well it made the grade below.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | September 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Infiniti QX70 Review

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"While the QX70 looks great, feels sexy and elicits plenty of compliments, after the novelty wore off, I found myself wanting out because of its harsh ride," said Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela about Infiniti's sporty SUV. Read Varela’s review to find out if there is enough performance payoff to match its looks.

2015 Infiniti QX70 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By David Thomas | September 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

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)

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