Design and Drive: The 2013 Infiniti FX37 AWD Limited Edition
The 2013 FX37 AWD does it all with room to grow on. It’s a big body, bulbous presence on the road that’s loaded with standar technology, a formidable cockpit and grounded performance. If you’re riding with five adults, the leg room leaves something to be desired, but here is a capable contender for the lifestyle that’s leaner and meaner and more fast lane than grocery getter. The long list of standard features is testament to its super computer claim including around view monitor with motion detection, voice recognition, and streaming blue tooth. The 3.7 liter V6 engine with VVEL produces 325 hp and 267 lb ft of torque offering solid performance and a fresh take on the mini ute category that includes the BMW X3 and Acura MDX. What’s most intriguing about the FX are it’s unique looks that stands out on the streets. The refresh broke in 2012 and has held up on the exterior. We asked artist Lee Quinones to make some obversation on the FX37 interior as tested in New York City this winter.
I really like the attention to detail that was given to the instrument and control panel layout. The recessed cavity where the reverse camera GPS and audio read out screen was well placed and simplistic.
The Layout: The FX is equipped with buttons, knobs, and again, buttons, yes yes, yes. No touch tone this and that, which is just a headache down the road. I like a tangible button. The slope of the dashboard breaks up the bland flat surfaces found on most rides. The heated 8 and 10-way front seats made for some comfy sitting on those freeze-dried nights in New York City. The knobs were respectfully within reach, right there in the center console layout. The interior sequential light group for both rear and forward passenger activity gave a sense of a uptown swanky lounge. I especially loved the roll and pleaded inner door panel sections complimenting the latches and door controls — a good mixture of old school and fresh.
Color: The black lacquer trim along the console gave a nice contrast with the matte Graphite Black leather appointed seating. A plus also was the upper stone grey headliner and pillar panels.
Touch: The leather seating material was some of the softest and yet firm supporting material I have ever felt. The front seating was especially snug and well behaved with its occupant memory system. I hate systems that have their own agenda even after you program it to be other than.
Use of space: Very spacious. Nothing short of great. The rear power lift gate opened to a cavity where most large objects could be comfortably placed with out introducing scratches to the interior. The overall interior spacing looked to be optically cramped, but seating is believing and it was very different once you strapped in.
Comfort climate: The dual zone temperature control gave a sense of individualism to the front occupants. After a while, it seemed that the whole passenger compartment had an even climate to sooth all talking heads. The only off beat note here is that whenever trying to maneuver quickly with the steering wheel, some how some of the flip switches next to the outer brim of the wheel would be activated by my hands. Now if only there could be a passenger ejector seat button there.
What it reminds me of: The layout of a new hipster boutique hotel lounge.
What people are saying: “The 2013 Infiniti FX sport-luxury crossover SUV is designed for those who value style, performance and technology over cargo capacity, rear seat space or a cushy ride. Built using the same architecture as the Infiniti G37 sport sedan, the FX offers a level of carlike performance rivaled by few crossovers or SUVs.” – Edmunds
“The 2013 Infiniti FX37 is a crossover SUV that provides a sporty ride and a long list of standard features. With all the high-tech gadgets, it might require something of a learning curve, but in the end, the FX37 performs extremely well and provides extremely impressive luxury on the interior. - Automobile