Flash Drive: 2009 Infiniti EX35
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
The Infiniti EX35 is a perplexing vehicle to me. I guess it's all about style, because the sharp roofline really limits the functionality that you typically get with a crossover SUV. It is essentially a 5-door hatchback with increased ride height for a more SUV-like (read: commanding) driving position. But I'm a little disappointed because it just doesn't have the sharp, sporty ride of the company's G37 sedan. Instead, the EX35 delivers a smooth and luxurious ride. The interior is what we expect from Infiniti. The center stack is one of the best around, with climate control and audio functionality directly available. The Technology Package includes Front Collision Warning, and Around View Monitoring takes the rearview camera to a whole new level, giving the driver a split 360-degree overhead view that shows what is surrounding the entire car. –Mike Meredith
Do you like the Infiniti G sedan but wish for more space? The EX35 is the car for you. Best described as a G wagon, the EX carries on the trademark Infiniti styling and performance, all nicely applied to a 5-passenger crossover. But with almost 300 horsepower and full-time all-wheel drive, the EX is more sport wagon than SUV. Acceleration is strong and smooth — full throttle really launches you down the road, while those you pass can enjoy the nice exhaust note emanating from the big dual pipes in the rear. There's plenty of cargo space in the back, and rear seats can be conveniently folded flat via releases in the cargo area. One of my favorite features in this car is the all-around camera view. Cameras on front, rear and sides provide a view on the display that simulates looking down from above the car. Parking is a breeze with the ability to see the entire car and what's around it — simply brilliant idea. –Perry Stern
The Infiniti EX35 is part sports car and part crossover wagon, though it is probably not for everyone. With nearly 300 horses on tap, the EX35 has more than enough power. Zero to 60 mph should come in around six seconds, which is fast for a wagon. Even with all that power, I still achieved 18 mpg in mixed driving. Stepping inside the EX35, you will quickly notice how plush it is. The technology and navigation package is second to none. However, the back seat is extremely tight for adults taller than 5 feet 10 inches tall and would be uncomfortable for long trips. The ability to fold down the rear seats and use the EX35 as a cargo carrier instead of a people carrier makes more sense. –Joe Chulick
The Infiniti EX35 is the newest and smallest addition to the Infiniti range of SUVs. As a driver's car, the EX35 is impressive; it seems to shrink around the driver more quickly and easily than any car I've ever driven. I felt almost instantly at ease and able to slot the EX35 through traffic as if I'd owned it for years. Everything else about the EX35 bothered me, though. The trunk is so tiny that the trunk of a normal passenger car is probably bigger. The electronic warning for drifting between lanes is so overly sensitive that practically every freeway on-ramp "gore point" prompts an annoying chime. Ugh. –Paul Hagger