Recently Ruth and I travelled to Phoenix to watch the final 2012 Colorado Rockie series at Chase Field against the Diamondbacks. It was nice that our home team won both games that we attended, and also nice that we were allowed to test a new Infiniti while there for a week. It was a 2013 Iridium Blue FX37 with a graphite quilted leather interior. The FX series from Infiniti is a medium sized crossover that has been available in America since 2003, Infiniti being the luxury division of Nissan Motor Corporation of Japan. Last year the FX received the “best looking SUV” designation from Autobytel, and this 2013 has styling that remains unchanged.
The big news for this new year is the engine in the FX37, a 3.7 liter V-6 with 325 horsepower and 267 lb. ft. of torque. That’s an additional 22 horsepower as compared to 2012, and fuel mileage ratings are better, as well. They are 17/24 city-highway, and I observed about 20 mpg ramming around the Valley of the Sun. Mated to the V-6 is a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode and downshift rev matching. That last feature is great fun for approaching the many stoplights in Phoenix while keeping the brakes cool.
This rear-wheel drive FX was equipped with the Technology Package ($2,950), Deluxe Touring ($3,300), Premium Package ($4,300), and added to a base price of $44,300, the total M.S.R.P. including freight was $55,800. All those options allowed me to enjoy “eye in the sky” surround parking assist, radar cruise control, Bluetooth, navigation, backup camera, power tilt/telescope, moon roof, and lane departure warning. I liked the ride of the FX better than the 2012 I recently drove, and handling is great for a crossover.
Autobytel had the right idea about the styling – I have been a big fan of this car for years. It was fitted with 18” alloy wheels with 265/60R18 radials and aluminum roof rails up top. Interior seating was comfortable for five and the tailgate powered up and down. Weight was a little over two tons, and overall length was 191.3”. It was an enjoyable ride for Ruth and I during the visit to Phoenix.
Upon our return to DIA, another Infiniti was waiting at Canopy, a 2013 G37xS. The dashboard arrangement is similar to the FX, so hitting the road in the dark was a snap. Speaking of snap, this G37 has an extra 5 horsepower under the hood (330), as well as 270 lb. ft. of torque. It’s pretty much the same power plant as the FX in most respects, including the Infiniti Variable Valve Event and Lift system which improves responsiveness. EPA mileage ratings were 1 mpg more than the FX, as was my own mileage here in Greeley. The G37 is 500 lbs lighter than the FX, so performance is superior. I thought it was ironic that I spent the week in Phoenix with an SUV and drove home from DIA in the snow (light) with a sports coupe.
M.S.R.P. of the G37xS was $51,245, including the Technology Package ($3,250), Premium Package ($1,950), Navigation Package (1,850), and Maple interior trim ($600). Thus, it was loaded like the FX in Phoenix including the moon roof. The paint was Moonlight White metallic with Stone (beige) leather interior. The G37 has wonderful buckets, but not much in the way of a back seat. It’s a four passenger car with a small trunklet for a suitcase or two.