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2013 Infiniti FX Review

The 2013 Infiniti FX ranks in the bottom third of the competitive luxury midsize SUV class. It offers sporty handling and athletic engines, but it has a cramped back seat and a smaller cargo area than rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Strong engines
  • Opulent cabin materials
  • Cramped back seat
  • Small cargo space




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2013 Infiniti FX Overview

Is the 2013 Infiniti FX a Good Used SUV?

Despite the tight headroom in the rear seat, the 2-row 2013 Infiniti FX is a good used luxury midsize SUV. The interior is filled with opulent materials, and there’s a nice selection of standard features. Additionally, its reliability score is good. This is a highly competitive class, however, and the FX is no match for 2-row competitors like the 2013 Lexus RX 350 or 2013 Lincoln MKX.

Used 2013 Infiniti FX Performance and Interior

The 2013 FX comes with one of two engines. The base FX37 gets a 325-horsepower V6, while a 390-horsepower V8 powers the FX50. The V6 has ample power, but the V8 makes the FX exceptionally fast. Rear-wheel drive and a seven-speed automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is available (and standard in the FX50). The FX has sporty handling, but the ride can be firm. Fuel economy ranges from a low of 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway for the V8 to 17/24 mpg city/highway with the rear-wheel-drive V6 engine.

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The 2013 FX has room for five in two rows of standard leather-trimmed seats. Heated front-row seats are standard, and climate-controlled seats are available. The front row is comfortable and supportive, but the FX’s sloping roofline impedes rear-seat headroom. Standard reclining rear seats help, but not enough. The FX has complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard second-row seats, plus an additional tether anchor for the middle seat.

An 11-speaker stereo system with satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth phone connectivity are standard in the FX. Available features include Bluetooth audio, a single disc CD/DVD player, an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, and voice recognition. Operating the infotainment system’s controls is easy, but the voice recognition could work better.

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Used 2013 Infiniti FX Prices

The price of a used 2013 Infiniti FX ranges from about $21,900 for the base rear-wheel-drive trim to around $25,100 for the all-wheel-drive Limited trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Infiniti FX?

The 2013 Infiniti FX has a J.D. Power reliability score of 3.5 out of five, which is above average for the auto industry but just average for the luxury midsize SUV segment.

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How Safe Is the FX?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2013 Infiniti FX its top rating of Good in its moderate overlap front and rear crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2013 FX.

The only standard active safety feature is a rearview camera. A surround-view camera is available. The Technology package includes lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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Is the 2013 FX the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Infiniti FX is part of a generation that launched for 2009. Purchasing a 2012 model, which was lightly refreshed and included a revised front end, will probably save you some money, but it comes with a less powerful base V6 engine. The 2011 FX lacks the standard heated front seats and redesigned front end found on the 2012 model. The FX gave way to the QX70 for the 2014 model year. Aside from the name change, the 2014 QX70 is nearly identical to the 2013 FX.

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Which Used Infiniti FX Is Right for Me?

The 2013 FX comes in three trim levels: the rear-wheel-drive FX37, the all-wheel-drive FX37, and the all-wheel-drive FX50. The base Infiniti FX37 and the AWD FX37 each have a moonroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power liftgate, speed-sensitive windshield wipers, push-button start, dual-zone automatic temperature control, aluminum-alloy wheels, and reclining rear seats. In addition to the larger V8 engine, the FX50 offers outside mirrors with a reverse tilt-down feature, a cargo cover, cooled front seats, aluminum pedals, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a navigation system with an 8-inch touch screen. Unless you need the V8's additional towing capacity, stick with the base engine, which is powerful enough to satisfy most drivers.

Even with the FX’s above-average reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model for added peace of mind. The Infiniti certified pre-owned warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage. Vehicles with less than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/75,000-mile warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Vehicles less than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a six-year/unlimited-mileage warranty from the original new-car purchase date. Finally, vehicles more than four years old with more than 15,000 miles receive a two-year/unlimited-mileage warranty good from the CPO purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Infiniti FX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Infiniti FX or 2013 Lexus RX 350?

The 2013 Lexus RX 350 is a much better choice than the FX. The Lexus has a perfect reliability score and lower ownership costs. Its interior is packed with standard features, and it has more cargo space than the Infiniti. The FX has more-potent engines, but the RX 350 is the better daily driver.

Which Is Better: 2013 Infiniti FX or 2013 Audi Q7?

The 2013 Audi Q7 is a 3-row SUV that seats seven. The FX has more-powerful engines and sportier handling than the Q7, which lumbers through curves. The Infiniti also has more opulent interior materials. And while the Infinity receives an above-average reliability score, the Audi receives the worst score possible: two out of five. Stick with the FX.

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