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)

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)

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