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Infiniti FX45, Infiniti FX35, Hatchback, Wagon, SUV
#1002 of 3411 Navigation System
Jul 31, 2003 (5:13 pm)
How does the Navigation system on the FX35/45 compare with Acura and Lexus? Acura/Honda is considered the best by both a leading consumer magazine and the premier computer/electronics publisher. Lexus and Infiniti are usually a notch below and the rest (BMW, Mercedes, Porsche.) get really low marks. The complaints I've heard most about the Lexus system are:
1. Certain functions are disabled while driving. This is intended to be safer, but actually causes more dangerous situations - precluding passengers from acting as navigators and offloading responsibility from the driver.
2. The routing algorithms are more likely to head drivers in the wrong direction (when compared with Acura).
3. The user interface is not as intuitive, nor is it as useful as Acura's.
4. Acura/Honda' systems can be voice control in all 2004 vehicles (and the 2003 Accord and MDX). Lexus only offers voice-activation in the highest end models - not the RX 330 (their FX competitor).
Can any one address these issues with regard to the navigation in the FX35/45?
Jul 31, 2003 (6:24 pm)
I really have no complaints w/the Infiniti NAV other than I wish it had voice-control like in the Q
Jul 31, 2003 (7:01 pm)
Thanks for the answer. I was using the keyless feature with the fob in my pocket. When I stopped the car, I gave the valet the valet key. I thought maybe the car had gone into some safe mode, but I wonder why I can't find any information about this in the owners manual. It certainly doesn't inspire any confidence in the dealer when they had no idea what I was talking about. It was like "oh, another nutty customer!". You would think that the dealer or Infiniti would at least respond with some type of answer.
#1005 of 3411 FX35/45 Navigation
Aug 01, 2003 (9:16 am)
Can you use the navigation system normally while driving? Or do they limit what you can do when the car is moving? Can you enter another address while driving? If you have a list of destinations, can you re-order them while driving? If you enter in the name of a movie theater, will the nav show you the phone number so your passenger can call enroute and see what's playing? The Acura system allows all this. The inferior Lexus does not. Where does Infiniti stand with the FX35/45 nav?
#1007 of 3411 MDX Navigation...
Aug 01, 2003 (10:51 am)
i have an '03 MDX w/ Nav (i am considering changing to an '04 FX).
this is the first time i have used/owned a car w/ a nav system so i cannot give you a comparison, but i do like all things tech and can say that i am very impressed.
the voice activation is good but limited; less full featured than the '04 accord nav.
the system does allow changes on-the-fly which has come in handy for me when encountering traffic jams on I-95 as i can ask it to give me an alternate route(s)-or reprogram destinations completely.
it offers 7 million points of interest and all 48 states on one dvd---amazing!
overall it is a surprisingly accurate system but does make occasional minor errors.
ironically, i will not order the nav on the fx as i cannot justify the cost-and it may not be as good as the MDX nav.
#1008 of 3411 MDX vs. FX Navigation
Aug 01, 2003 (11:36 am)
Thanks for the good input. You are correct that the 04' Accord and O4' TSX navigation systems have more features. You have pointed out some great features and benefits of the Acura nav. Now let's see if anyone can tell us how the Infiniti nav compares.
#1009 of 3411 FX35 comparson in Motor Trend
Aug 03, 2003 (9:57 am)
The September issue of Motor Trend compares the FX35 RWD with the RX330 and the MB ML350. They declare the FX the winner. They tested the FX35 with RWD and 18" wheels and tires.0-60 in 7.3. Wish someone would test the AWD sport package. They make mention that the Rx330 has lots of tech options you can buy, but mention nothing about options for the FX. The as tested prices of RX330 and ML350 were considerably higher and more heavily optioned. Good to have a favorable outcome, but not a real good article IMO.
#1010 of 3411 jp, about the MT article, I agree...
Aug 03, 2003 (11:50 am)
I was disappointed as well that they didn't get a tech package FX35 which would have been in the price range of the tested RX & ML. The lack of reference to the FX's tech options seemed almost as if they had not properly researched the vehicles prior to writing the article. I am in agreement with their results, they appeared fair & well stated. But, possibly my opinions are swayed by my experience with FX ownership.
Aug 03, 2003 (9:22 pm)
What would be the trade offs of a RWD FX35 versus an AWD FX35. I don't plan on ever needing the AWD for snow, mud, etc - our other vehicle (MDX) is AWD. Will the AWD handle noticeably better than RWD? Also, won't the AWD slow the vehicle down a little?
The AWD system in our MDX is a nifty electronic device (made by Borg-Warner) that electrically transfers torque all 4 wheels only when needed. So the vehicle behaves like it's 2WD under normal driving conditions. With this arrangement, the performane and mileage penalties are negligible. How does the FX35 AWD work?