by Michele Fleury
Butch and androgynous women wearing lipstick isn’t a phenomenon exclusive to Los Angeles, but we have certainly perfected the art.
The Infiniti FX45 is a different side of the same gender-bending concept. It’s the Victoria’s Secret model who can change your oil and beat you at flag football.
Its curvy and original look had me at “hello,” but would there be substance behind the beauty? After a week of sheer bliss, I realized that the FX45 is really a sports car with the look, power and all-weather capability of an SUV. I was in love.
Obsessed with testing the Infiniti’s standard all-wheel drive, I decided to head to Big Bear for a day of snowboarding. The rain was coming down in Biblical proportions in L.A. and changed to snow once we reached the mountain roads. While the standard traction and stability control didn’t disappoint, I was blown away by the handling. The 320-hp V-8 had amazing acceleration on steep grades, leaving a bunch of other SUVs and crossovers far behind.
While other SUVs had to slow for the winding curves, the FX45’s sport-tuned suspension and stability control attacked them with vigor, revealing a nimble and sexy supermodel soul. The FX’s engine is placed lower and behind the front wheels to improve balance, and the drive
system continually balances the power between all four tires to improve grip and handling.
Much to the chagrin of my girlfriend, caution was not necessary. Not that she had much to worry about: the FX has a Lane Departure Warning in case you veer off course. It also sports the Intelligent Key System, so you don’t even need to take your key out of your pocket to
open the door and start the ignition. The rearview monitor makes it possible to parallel park without even turning your head.
Now that I’m in love with the FX and ready to pull out my proverbial U-Haul, I had to dig deeper for things that would cause lesbian bed death six months down the road. And the FX has its flaws: the standard 20-inch tires can ride a bit bumpy and the suspension is a tad stiff, but I still enjoyed the ride immensely. And the downside to the FX’s fabulous shape is that there is no third-row seat and cargo space is less than the BMW X5 or Porsche Cayenne. I haven’t yet joined in the gayby boom, so I thought there was more than enough room.
If you’re in the market for a different kind of hybrid–one that combines sport with utility–you can’t find a more compatible SUV than the FX45. And it helps that it looks hot, too.
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