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Rating 67/100 Background There was a time when the idea of a luxury SUV seemed as oxymoronic as gourmet instant coffee. Now it seems that every auto manufacturer has this segment covered. When the first high-performance luxury SUVs debuted, they were met with the same sort of puzzled response. Some people might think this is …

Rating 72/100 Background Infiniti calls its redesigned 2009 FX50 a “radical expression of sport and utility,” and while we’re generally skeptical of marketing catchphrases, this one’s pretty accurate. The FX50 is Infiniti’s top-of-the-line crossover, replacing the outgoing FX45, which debuted along with its FX35 sibling in 2003 as one of the first crossovers to include …

Rating 80/100 Background 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. …

Rating 68/100 Background The 2012 Infiniti FX sport-luxury SUV is designed for those who value style, performance and technology over cargo capacity, trail-blazing and a soft ride. Utilizing the same architecture beneath the Infiniti G37 sport sedan, the FX offers a level of carlike performance rivaled by few crossovers or SUVs. With a lively, responsive …

Rating 62/100 Background It was an insult to automotive history. It was the Fonz waterskiing over a shark. It was selling out to the worst degree. "It" was the Porsche Cayenne, an SUV derided by Porsche traditionalists when it arrived in North America in 2003 and yet also a wild financial success that secured Porsche’s …

Rating 78/100 Background Sporty luxury crossover SUVs like the 2011 Infiniti FX37 and FX50 seem to be gaining in popularity. And with the FX, Infiniti emphasizes "sport" over utility. Built on Infiniti’s G37 sedan platform, the FX features a carlike drive and nimble handling and is backed by a confident V6 or a commanding V8 …

Rating 77/100 Background Nowadays, shoppers in the market for a luxury crossover have no shortage of choices. The vast majority of these car-based SUVs deliver a carlike ride, sumptuous interiors and a wide range of features. Standing out among this crowded field is no easy feat, but the 2010 Infiniti FX35 attempts to grab as …

Rating 70/100 Background Think of the 2010 BMW X6 as one of those hybrid mythical creatures — the Minotaur, a griffin or a mermaid — that combines several elements to make up one unique beast. You could say it’s part SUV, part hatchback and part coupe. Actually, BMW defines the X6 as a “Sports Activity …

Rating 55/100 Background Five years after its debut, the midsize luxury SUV that Infiniti deemed the “Bionic Cheetah” has morphed into a slightly different animal. While the redesigned 2009 FX35 keeps many of its lean, catlike lines, it now features a longer nose, a restyled black chrome grille and chrome-plated side vents — an aggressive, …

Rating 63/100 Background Just because something’s different doesn’t necessarily make it better. Or does it? When BMW introduced the X6 last year, that question, along with, “Do we really need something like this?” sprang forth. With BMW covering the small and midsize crossover SUV market with the X3 and X5, the X6 finds itself in …

Rating 82/100 Background In the past, BMW didn’t exactly rush in to follow the trend toward larger, more family-friendly vehicles. Like a fashionable latecomer to a cocktail party, the German automaker launched the BMW X5 a few years into the SUV craze. But when the tide turned and the market clamored for scaled-down utility, BMW …