New Engines for 2013 Infiniti FX and EX

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New names and powertrains are the big news for model-year 2013 versions of Infiniti's FX and EX crossovers. Infiniti FX37 and EX37 models will now use a 325-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 instead of last year's 3.5-liter V-6.

The 2013 FX37 will be available with rear- or all-wheel-drive versions as well as a Limited Edition with all-wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive FX50 returns unchanged with the standard 390-hp, 5.0-liter V-8.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 8, 2012 | Comments (5)

Cars.com Reviews the 2012 Infiniti FX35

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When the Infiniti FX hit the market in 2003, it stood out from the crowd with its curvaceous silhouette and sporty driving dynamics – two traits atypical of an SUV. The FX's appeal has only dulled slightly over the past several years, according to Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder. He tested the new-for-2012 FX35 Limited Edition, however, and found that although it's fun to drive, its 21-inch wheels, high price and hesitant transmission mar its charm.

2012 Infiniti FX35 Review

By Jennifer Geiger | April 2, 2012 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Family Reviews the 2012 Infiniti FX50

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The 2012 Infiniti FX50 isn’t the most practical family car on the market because of its cramped backseat and small cargo area, says Cars.com Family contributor Courtney Messenbaugh. However, if practicality isn’t high on your must-have list, the FX50 could work for your family. This luxury crossover with a V-8 engine and standard all-wheel drive makes driving the kids around a wildly fun task.

2012 Infiniti FX50 Review

By Jennifer Newman | March 14, 2012 | Comments (1)

2012 Infiniti FX35 Video

Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder explains how Infiniti's sporty midsize SUV changed for the 2012 model year, specifically the new Limited Edition version. Though roomy up front, the FX's backseat and cargo area are on the small side. Also, a firm ride and hesitant transmission put the FX behind its class competitors.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 9, 2012 | Comments (2)

2012 Infiniti FX35 and FX50: Car Seat Check

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With its stylized exterior, the 2012 Infiniti FX35 and its more powerful sibling, the FX50, don't look like your average family-hauler. What surprised us in this Car Seat Check is how well our child-safety seats fit into this five-seater. We tested the FX35, but the FX50 has the same interior and exterior dimensions.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.

By Jennifer Newman | March 8, 2012 | Comments (0)

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Infiniti

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Just because the Christmas shopping season is over, doesn't mean the deals are. The end of the year can be a great time to buy a new car. Infiniti's Limited Engagement sale is back this year, enticing new-car shoppers with low financing on new 2011 and 2012 vehicles.

Well-qualified buyers can purchase select 2012 Infiniti cars and SUVs and take advantage of 1.9% or 2.9% financing. The former is offered for between 36 and 60 months, and latter is offered for 72 months. Vehicles that qualify for the deal include 2012 versions of the Infiniti G25 sedan, G37 sedan, M sedan (including the M37, M Hybrid and M56), FX and QX56. The offer excludes the 2012 Infiniti G IPL.

In an effort to clear 2011 vehicles off the lots, Infiniti dealers are also offering the financing special on 2011 G37 coupes and convertibles and the EX35 SUV. For example, you can buy a 2011 G37 coupe starting at $37,150 (excluding destination charges) and get 1.9% financing for 60 months. These offers end Jan. 3.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 14,718 2011-12 Nissan and Infiniti Vehicles

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Nissan is recalling 14,718 model-year 2011 and 2012 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles due to faulty engine bolts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced. The recall affects the 2011 Infiniti FX, 2012 Infiniti M, 2011-12 Nissan Frontier, 2011-12 Nissan Xterra, 2011-12 Nissan Pathfinder and 2012 Nissan NV.

The affected bolts connecting the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter to the engine and may have been manufactured below specification strength. Weak bolts could break and lead to an engine oil leak. If there is a leak, the engine oil warning lamp will illuminate, and the engine may become noisy. If the driver ignores the condition, the engine could seize, increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will begin notifying owners on Jan. 19. Nissan and Infiniti dealers will inspect and replace relevant parts free of charge. For more info, owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Targets Family, Entry Segments

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Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division, sees an opportunity for growth in two segments — one addressed by the three-row JX crossover, the other by a future model that slots below the brand's popular G25/G37.

Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti's U.S. business unit, sat down with us at the recent L.A. Auto Show to talk about the brand's potential. With inventories outpacing the industry average — unusual for a luxury brand — sales improved 3 percent in November, but they remain down nearly 4 percent this year. Poore notes the year-over-year results compare to a huge sales year (2010) for Infiniti, but says better inventory should help the road ahead.

He has high hopes for the JX crossover, a car he says targets "a very different market" from the QX SUV despite both having three rows of seats. While the $58,700 QX56 boasts V-8 towing capacity and a flashier clientele, Poore says the $40,450 JX35 hits the jackpot segment of luxury crossovers: the "luxury family."

By Kelsey Mays | December 1, 2011 | Comments (3)

2012 Infiniti FX: Ch-Ch-Changes

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Infiniti’s latest-generation FX SUV hasn’t set the world on fire over the past few years despite a terrific powertrain and high-end interior. Perhaps the strange, shark-like styling had something to do with it.

For 2012, Infiniti has adjusted the look of the front end … but that’s about it. Besides the new grille, bumper and surrounding bodywork not much has changed for 2012.

You still get the same engine choices — a 303-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 or 390-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 — both teamed to a seven-speed automatic. The FX35’s base model has rear-wheel drive; the rest of the lineup is all-wheel drive.

Prices have increased for 2012. The 2011 base FX cost $42,600 and the 2012 FX base now starts at $43,450, not including an $895 destination charge. The 2012 FX50’s price has increased to $59,350 from $57,600 for the 2011 model. Infiniti hasn’t announced what features have been added to the 2012 FX50. The 2011 FX50 came standard with a navigation system and other features that were optional on the FX35.

By David Thomas | August 4, 2011 | Comments (21)

2012 Infiniti Lineup: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 Infiniti M37The big change for Infiniti’s 2012 lineup is a new hybrid variant of the M sedan and a minor refresh for the FX crossover. The Infiniti M35h went on sale in March, and the FX goes on sale in the October.

You can learn more about the Infiniti M35h here:

The 2012 FX receives a revised front grille and front end design, a new instrument cluster and standard heated front seats on all models. There’s also a new Limited Edition trim for the FX35 AWD, which includes 21-inch wheels, navigation and an exclusive Iridium Blue exterior color option, among other trim changes.

The rest of Infiniti’s lineup received updated packaging for 2012.

By Colin Bird | June 28, 2011 | Comments (1)

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