Nissan hasn't really marketed it as such (and I commend them for that), but the EX35 could easily be considered part of the "premium four-door crossover coupe" crowd, along with the likes of the BMW X6 and the Acura ZDX. Of course, the attractive first-generation Infiniti FX35/45 could also be lumped into that group, if not for the fact that adults can actually fit in the FX's back seats.
If you think of the EX35 as a tall coupe, it's easy to love. It handles, brakes, and steers nearly as well as the G35, which is to say, really well, and actually rides better than its stubby stablemate. Although it looks more like a crossover than a wagon, its resemblance to the latter could turn off many American consumers. This is unfortunate as the EX35 is an amazingly well-rounded vehicle. It strikes a near-perfect balance between sport and luxury in the way it drives and looks, both inside and out, and, as evidenced by our recently departed Four Seasons 2008 EX35, it is reliable to a fault. Admittedly, the EX35's utility is compromised but to me that's where the compromising ends.
The EX35 seemed rather odd when it came out a year or so ago, but since then, as Rusty noted, we've been deluged with even odder "crossover coupes." In comparison with the Acura ZDX, the BMW 5-series GT, and the BMW X6, the Infiniti has a lot going for it. First and foremost, it's actually attractive--no awkward proportions, ungainly rear end, or obnoxious grille here.
Infiniti also remains a leader in interior design, with supremely well-integrated electronics and a plush, yet not understated cabin.
As with our 2008 Four Seasons EX35, there are several things about the EX35 that I appreciate, among them its perfect height for ingress and egress, its responsive handling, and its comfortable, ergonomically designed cabin. Since I don't have children or a need to carry many bulky items, the EX35 is a vehicle I could happily drive every day, because it can carry a suitcase or three and a couple of extra passengers in the back in a pinch. But for anyone who regularly hauls back-seat passengers and carries big loads, the EX would likely be a nonstarter due to its compromised cargo and passenger.
It's hard to find a compact SUV these days that is truly compact, but the EX may be the exception. I parked it next to a new Subaru Impreza the other day -- remarkably, the pair are virtually the same size and shape, although the Infiniti is billed as more of a crossover/SUV than the Subie.
2010 Infiniti EX35 Journey AWD