Who Needs A V8? There's something in the water at Nissan. Has to be. There's no other explanation for a company that produces vehicles like the Murano CrossCabriolet and Juke as well as the undeniably bonkers GT-R. Infiniti hasn't escaped whatever's lurking in the well, either. The company's recent shift from a comfortable and logical naming structure to a slurry of Q-based monikers is the most recent example of insanity lurking in the luxury automaker's halls, but it certainly isn't the first. Take, for example, the FX50. With its 390-horsepower V8 engine and a rear-bias all-wheel-drive platform, the mid-sized SUV is more sports car than family hatchback, and while a V8 in this segment is entirely ludicrous, it's also the engine option we preferred over the less-throaty 3.5-liter V6. Like nearly every other off-tilt offering from Nissan, the FX50 simply made sense in a too-much-whiskey kind of way. But Infiniti has just offered up the best argument yet against that muscle-bound bruiser in the form of the FX37. Powered by the automaker's new 3.7-liter V6 and backed by a recognizably aggressive exterior, the machine is doing a good job of stealing its older brother's spotlight. Infiniti left the FX largely untouched aesthetically for 2013, and we can't fault its designers for the decision. The model received a full update in 2012, and the SUV continues to look sharp with its judicious use of chrome. While the rounded front-end and pinched grille give the nose a touch of the bulbousness found on the QX56, we can't get enough of the raised fenders and inset hood. Attractive headlight arrays and an aggressive, arched roofline give the FX plenty of style. Around back, the handsome LED tail lamps lend the hatch a glowering, furrowed-brow appearance, which is appropriate for a machine that spits over 300 horsepower out to the rear tires. Inside, the cabin feels comfortably Infiniti with the driver treated to bold gauges and nicely bolstered front seats. We couldn't help but feel age wearing on the tech inside the FX37, however. With a small, single-color LCD screen nestled between the speedometer and the tachometer and the same old inelegant graphic interface on the eight-inch touchscreen positioned mid-dash, Infiniti has suddenly found itself behind the curve. We live in a time where Dodge Dart buyers can enjoy nicer tech, and that's an issue for a pricey luxury SUV. The front seats hold fast to the notion that this is a G37 that hasn't quite realized it's lugging around a serious derrière, and the back bench serves up adequate space for hopping to the next town over. Leg space can be a bit cramped for anyone approaching six feet tall, and that attractive, sloping roof line will introduce lofty hairstyles to the headliner with a quickness, but the space is a perfect place for kids and older teens to spend time. That is, so long as everyone packs frugally. There isn't a preponderance of space behind the back seats, with just 24.8 cubic …
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