A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Infiniti FX

There’s just something unmistakable about the overall design and aesthetics of the 2012 Infiniti FX. With sleek lines and a classic feel, some might think this SUV is all about looks. However, it also packs exceptional performance and plenty of comfort for those who want the best of all their worlds wrapped into one convenient vehicle – all at a price that is considerably lower than some of the comparable options available.

Key Features

With options including a powerful V6 and a V8 that actually make driving fun again, and all-wheel drive and rear wheel drive, drivers may have to make some serious choices. No matter which option you choose, the automatic seven-speed transmission blends beautifully to deliver power and performance that you don’t see that often in an SUV crossover.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 Infiniti FX got a bit of a facelift for this model year, with a new fascia and front grille. The series also received a newcomer in the form of the FX35 Limited Edition all-wheel drive option. There are also new package options, wheel designs and an added color option to round out the changes.

What We Like

The overall combination of the independent suspension, responsive powertrain and a balanced chassis make the FX fun to drive. The ground clearance also makes it possible to tackle some light off-road adventures when the mood strikes, providing you don’t try to go too extreme. The overall look is also a great addition, as you’ll be hard pressed to find another in its class that offers such a unique and innovative appearance.

What Concerns Us

Even with all the great performance perks, drivers should be prepared that the ride can get a bit bumpy on uneven roads. You’ll also need to plan to take just a bit of time to get used to the navigation and audio systems, as they can be a bit tricky when you first get started.

Available Models

The 2012 Infiniti FX is available with two different engine options:

Option 1:

  • 3.5-liter V6
  • 303 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
  • 262 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 16/21 mpg (AWD), 16/23 mpg (RWD)

Option 2:

  • 5.0-Liter V8
  • 390 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
  • 369 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
  • City/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg

Major Recalls

There have been no major recalls issued for the 2012 Infiniti FX.

Common Issues

There has been only one complaint made about this vehicle. It was due to the moon roof shattering unexpectedly. The complainant believes it was due to cold temperatures.

Infiniti FX 2012 Interior


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