2009 Infiniti FX35
2009 Infiniti FX35
2009 Infiniti FX35
2009 Infiniti FX35. Click image to enlarge

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Inside Story is a review of interior comfort features, cabin controls, storage options, trunk space and under-hood accessibility based on a seven-day evaluation.

Review and photos by Michael Clark

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2009 Infiniti FX

From its debut, to the current refresh, the Infiniti FX line has been a hard act of sculpture to follow, but the challenge for Nissan’s luxury division, as well as Honda’s and Toyota’s, has been to differentiate their interiors from top-line Nissans, Hondas and Toyotas. Taking the Inside Story challenge this week is the Infiniti FX35 equipped with the Technology Package and Navi/Entertainment bump, with an MSRP of $61,050. (Prices shown do not include freight, taxes, regional or promotional incentives.)

Cockpit/Centre Stack

A multi-function wheel greets the driver, without an overwhelming feel of “busy”. Audio controls and the phone/voice prompt keys populate the left spoke, while Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) keys and the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system are accessed on the right. The LDW system kicks in around 72 km/h, with audible warnings to the “happy lane wanderer” driver. Sturdy paddles complement the shift abilities of the seven-speed automatic, which also provides a floor level manu-gate, and a ‘snow’ mode algorithm.

2009 Infiniti FX35
2009 Infiniti FX35. Click image to enlarge

Instrumentation sticks to the basics, with tachometer and engine coolant temperature. Note the absence of trip meter and information display access keys within the IP face, which are located on the upper reaches of the cluster surround.

It’s the Season of the Switch, next to the driver’s left knee. There’s the power controls for the exterior mirrors, including fold. Headlamp angle is manually controlled. (Adaptive lighting is available at the FX50 level.) A “parking garage” is provided for the key fob. The Technology Package includes Intelligent Brake Assist, Distance Control Assist, and the Forward Collision Warning/Lane Departure Warning systems. Here’s where you turn it all off, and engage your brain. The parking brake is a floor mount, with no snag issues encountered. Full auto window panes arrive for the driver and front passenger, with two driver memory positions available. The headlamp switch includes an auto detent, while the column gets a power servo for tilt and telescoping positioning.

2009 Infiniti FX35
2009 Infiniti FX35
2009 Infiniti FX35. Click image to enlarge

The centre stack layout positions the information/navi screen controls at a user-friendly angle. The audio head unit moves to a single slot for CDs, from the standard six. There is a Compact Flash input, found below the right-hand side of the HVAC controls, with 9.3 GB of storage space. Luxury purists will appreciate the centrally-mounted timepiece. The Around View Monitor system can assemble a bird’s eye view of sorts for parking assist. While the navigation system presented no operational issues, the map displays seem downright low rent.

Cubbies!

The locking flock-lined glovebox is easily overwhelmed by the owner’s lit, and a remote control for the overhead DVD system that appears to be a refugee from a Zenith Space Command. Front doors get good-sized pockets, with no bottle provisions, and no expected tip-out sides. The rear doors are pocket-free. The seatbacks are pocket-equipped, shown stuffed with the DVD headphones. Note the 12-volt DC powerpoint on the rear of the console, below the HVAC vents.

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