2013 Infiniti FX37

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The 2013 Infinity FX37 has something of an identity problem. The FX35 was renamed to the FX37 and in 2014 it will be called the QX70 . The reason for the 37’s name change is the engine displacement increased from 3.5-liters to 3.7-liters.

To make the identity issue worse the FX37’s big brother, the FX50 , will also become part of the QX70 lineup. The FX50 is currently, powered by a V-8 engine, but this is likely to change next year in favor of a turbocharged V-6.

With the 37’s larger engine option the Japanese automaker is attempting to further increase the performance appeal of the luxury vehicle. This results in a focused vehicle that handles well when driven quickly.

The luxury crossover had a facelift that debuted in the 2012 model, so for 2013 the styling remains the same.

It also provides a luxury interior with plenty of leather touches. Interior parts are of high quality materials as one would expect in a luxury vehicle.

Hit the jump to read more information about the 2013 Infinity FX37.

Exterior

Infiniti FX37

The exterior is essentially unchanged from the outgoing model. It still has the large grille in the front fascia and the headlights retain their crisp lines. The nose is long and slopes at the front end, which gives the FX a rounded appearance at the front.

The FX37 is the Picasso of cars with its combination of angular lines and bubbly shapes. The chrome-trimmed air outlets just behind the front wheels are simply a non-functional garish that Infiniti slapped on to give the SUV a sportier look.

You either love or hate the styling with its odd combination of fluid lines and harsh angles.

Exterior Dimensions

Overall length (inches)191.3
Overall width (inches)75.9
Overall height with roof rack (inches)66.1
Wheelbase (inches)113.6
Front Track width (inches)64.4
Rear Track width (inches)64.6
Coefficient of drag0.35

Interior

Infiniti FX37

The interior is pretty much what one would expect from a luxury vehicle.

It has plenty of leather all around with metal accents. The center console is large and prominent in the design, but has a lot of buttons, giving it a cluttered feel. With so many buttons, it is easy to get confused on what each button does. Just figuring out how to change the radio station may be like navigating a space shuttle.

The interior is much more cramped than the SUV’s outward appearance would make you think. When a car is largely about carting kids and cargo, you expect a lot of space inside and the FX’s styling realy limits its useable space.

Standard Features

  • Infiniti Intelligent Key
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
  • Leather seats
  • 60/40-spiltfolding and reclining rear seat with fold-down center armrest
  • Carpeted trunk and cargo area
  • Leather-wrapped gearshift knob
  • Driver and passenger seat back pockets
  • Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and sliding extensions
  • HomeLink® Universal Transceiver

Drivetrain

The big change for 2013 is the new 325-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine – a variant of the 3.7-liter found in the Nissan 370Z . The FX37 will sprint from 0 to 60mph in 6.2 seconds and hits a top speed of 142 mph.

The six-cylinder engine has good performance, but requires that you rev it to get to all that performance. You’ll need to hit 5,200 rpm to get all 267 pound-feet of available torque and 7,000 rpm to milk the available 325 ponies.

The V-6 has a nice sound from the outside of the vehicle, but on the inside it has a history of being a little buzzy. It also causes vibrations in the steering wheel, shifter lever and pedals when in the upper rpm range.

The engine is mated to a quick shifting electronically controlled seven-speed automatic transmission to apply all the available power.

Engine3.7-liter 24-valve V-6
Horsepower325 @ 7,000 rpm
Torque (pound-feet)267 @ 5,200 rpm

Brakes and Suspension

Infiniti FX37

In a luxury sports crossover, you want a vehicle that can handle well while not making the kids nauseous. The FX37 hits on one of those fronts and provides good handling, but at the expense of a comfortable ride. While it won’t quite jar your teeth out of your head, the harsh ride keeps you from really enjoying the vehicle on long trips.

You would think with a firm ride would come good steering feel, but feedback in the steering is virtually absent and is similar to a video game steering wheel. The numb steering feel keeps you from connecting with the vehicle in any way while driving.

The FX37 is available with rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. On dry roads, the standard 265/60R18 tires keep the car glued to the road when you get onto a twisty stretch of highway.

Pricing

The 2013 Infiniti FX37 starts at $44,300 for the rear-wheel-drive model and $45,750 for all-wheel-drive.

Competition

BMW X6

BMW X6

Now the BMW X6 is a well styled crossover. It features classic BMW styling cues, as well as a fastback-style sloping roofline that gives the side profile a sporting look. It looks a lot like a BMW sedan all jacked up on high-test fuel. Like the FX37, the great styling does cause the X6 to lose a good amount of interior space.

In the X6, you have the choice of either the xDrive50i which is powered by a 4.4-liter, 400-horsepower TwinPower Turbo V-8 or the xDrive35i powered by a 300-horsepower, TwinPower Turbo in-line-6. The xDrive35i can go 0 to 60 mph on 6.3 seconds and the xDrive50i can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds.

Acura MDX

Acura MDX

The Acura MDX has exterior styling with crisp lines, giving it a modern look. On the inside, you get leather throughout, as well as metal accent touches. In upcoming 2014 model, the interior lines flow much better than the outgoing model, so you may want to wait a few months for it to arrive. The MDX has much better storage and passenger space than the Infiniti FX37, making it a better option for buyers who need lots of space.

In 2014, Acura will install a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque. It will go from 0 to 60 mph in 8 seconds and hit a top speed of 140 mph. The six-cylinder engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The MDX does manage to achieve good fuel economy for a vehicle of its size, as it is capable of 28 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city.

Conclusion

Infiniti FX37

The Infiniti FX37 has unique styling and good performance, but at the expense of ride quality and interior space. The V-6 is a rather unrefined engine, which makes it hard to live with and until Infiniti refines this six-cylinder engine, the FX and the upcoming QX will continue to suffer.

LOVE IT
  • Good performance and handling
LEAVE IT
  • Unrefined V-6 engine
  • Jarring ride
  • Odd styling

Press Release

Infiniti FX37

Infiniti today announced U.S. pricing for the 2013 Infiniti FX performance luxury crossover, which is on sale now at Infiniti retailers nationwide. For 2013, the biggest change is under the hood – with the addition of a 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 replacing the 3.5-liter V6. Now named the FX37, it is available in three models: FX37 RWD, FX37 AWD and FX Limited Edition. The FX50 AWD with standard 390-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 and Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive is also offered. Both engines are paired with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission.

The other major enhancement for 2013 is the addition of the next-generation Around View® Monitor system, which now features Moving Objection Detection (MOD). The MOD function helps enhance the driver’s situational awareness by providing visual and audible warnings if the system detects moving objects (such as another vehicle) within the displayed image in situations such as when pulling out of a parking space. It is standard on FX50 and optional on FX37.

The FX also again offers an array of available advanced technology systems, including Distance Control Assist (DCA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW).

Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP)* for the 2013 Infiniti FX are:

ModelEngine/TransmissionMSRP
Infiniti FX37 RWD3.7-liter V6 / 7-speed automatic$44,300 USD
Infiniti FX37 AWD3.7-liter V6 / 7-speed automatic$45,750 USD
Infiniti FX Limited Edition3.7-liter V6 / 7-speed automatic$52,750 USD
Infiniti FX50 AWD5.0-liter V8 / 7-speed automatic$60,650 USD

Every 2013 FX comes with complimentary Infiniti Personal AssistantSM benefit, which provides new Infiniti owners with unlimited 24-hour access to a live team of professional assistants. Accessible primarily through the owner’s mobile phone, callers can ask for answers or assistance on a range of topics and tasks, including directory assistance and driving directions, weather forecasts, dining suggestions and reservations, travel arrangements, emergency assistance and much more. The Infiniti Personal Assistant benefit is offered at no cost for the first four years of Infiniti ownership.

About the 2013 Infiniti FX

Infiniti FX37

The Infiniti FX, Infiniti’s iconic performance crossover, received a number of exterior changes and refinements just last year. For 2013 a new 325-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 replaces the previous 3.5-liter V6. Now named the FX37, it is joined by the FX50 AWD with standard 390-horsepower 5.0-liter V8 and Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. Both FX37 and FX50 models come equipped with a 7-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and solid magnesium paddle shifters available on the FX50.

As in previous years, the 2013 Infiniti FX offers standard double-wishbone front/multi-link rear suspension and large 4-wheel disc brakes, along with available Continuous Damping Control (CDC)®, Rear Active Steer, Intelligent Brake Assist and 6-spoke 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (standard on FX50).

The FX’s warm, modern, inviting environment is highlighted by a driver-oriented cockpit with intuitive controls, available sport seating and advanced audio, navigation and technology ranging from an 11-speaker Bose®-developed audio system to Infiniti Intelligent Key, and available Intelligent Cruise Control.

The FX also again offers an array of available advanced features, including Around View® Monitor with Moving Objection Detection (standard on FX50, optional on FX37), Distance Control Assist (DCA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), and Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW).

The 2013 FX is offered in four models: FX50 AWD with 5.0-liter V8, FX37 AWD with 3.7-liter V6, FX37 RWD with 3.7-liter V6, and FX Limited Edition with 3.7-liter V6.

The FX Limited Edition includes an extensive list of special features, starting with Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, 21-inch 10-spoke graphite-finish aluminum-alloy wheels, graphite-finish roof rails and roof rail crossbars, dark-tinted headlight housings, aluminum pedals, Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Around View® Monitor with Moving Object Detection and more. It is available exclusively in Moonlight White with a Graphite interior.

Available for FX37 and FX50 are a range of special equipment packages: Premium Package, Deluxe Touring Package, Technology Package and Sport Technology Package (FX50).


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