In its few months in our fleet, the Infiniti EX35 has started to reveal its true identity. What looks like a smallish FX crossover is actually much more similar to the G37 sedan. Fine with us. We like Infiniti‘s mid-size performance car, and so far at least, the EX seems even better. Trunk space is very limited with the seats up, but those who have traveled alone or with one companion have found plenty of room for luggage. In other words, this might be the perfect vehicle for a young couple or empty nesters.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor
This is my favorite G35 ever. I really appreciate the automatic in the EX35; it’s remarkable how much more refined the engine feels when dampened by a torque converter. The driving dynamics are pretty incredible for a crossover, until you realize this Infiniti is no larger than a .
Seriously, this was parked next to our Four Seasons Fit in the parking garage yesterday and I couldn’t believe the two were the same height. And the funny thing is the Fit is actually more useful as a crossover for storing bulky items.
Joe Lorio, Senior Editor
I think this car is great looking; love the swept-back stance and the organic, muscular curves. Even more so than the FX, this crossover has absolutely zero pretense of off-road ability, or cargo utility. It’s just a slightly higher sports sedan, with all-wheel drive.
The additional height is just enough to make for perfect ingress and egress-no dropping down into the seat, no climbing up into the cabin. And yet it’s not so high that the chassis engineers must resort to ultra-stiff roll bars to provide responsive cornering-as a result, there’s none of the side-to-side rocking motions and head toss you get in so many sporty crossovers.
My one immediate disappointment, however, was the steering, which is too light and has no effort build-up at all; it’s wholly out of sync with this Infiniti’s sporty character.
ENGINE: 3.5L DOHC V-6
POWER: 297 hp
TORQUE: 253 lb-ft
2009 Infiniti EX35
Base price (with dest.): $37,117
Price as tested: $45,665
Body Style: 4-door SUV
Construction: Steel unibody
Engine: DOHC 24-valve V-6
Displacement: 3.5 liters
Power: 297 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque: 253 lb-ft
Steering: power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Turns lock-to-lock: 2.85
Turning Circle: 36 ft
Suspension, Front: Double-wishbone
Suspension, Rear: Multilink
Brakes F/R: Vented disc, ABS
Tires: Bridgestone Blizzak (summer tires!)
Tire Size: P225/55VR-18
Headroom F/R: 38.1 / 37.7 in
Legroom F/R: 44.3 / 38.6 in
Shoulder Room F/R: 58.3 / 57.9 in
Wheelbase: 110.2 in
Track F/R: 62.7 / 64.6 in
L x W x H: 182.3 x 71.0 x 62.6 in
Cargo Capacity: 18.6 cu ft
Weight: 3975 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: 54.3 / 45.7 %
Fuel Capacity: 20 gal
Est. Range: 400 miles
Fuel Grade: 93 octane
Electronic stability control, traction control
-Technology Package (around view camera, lane departure prevention and warning, radar cruise control), $1950
-Premium Package (Bose audio; iPod interface; dual zone automatic climate control; heated front seats and mirrors; rear air conditioning vent; Bluetooth; memory seats, steering wheel, and outside mirrors; 8-way power driver’s seat, 2-way power driver’s lumbar, power steering column), $2150
-Luxe Style Package (18-inch wheels and all-season tires, Adaptive Xenon headlights), $1250
-Navigation Package (Navigation, voice interface, XM traffic, 9.3 GB music hard drive with compact flash slot, single in-dash CD, rearview camera), $2150
-Wood trim (maple wood trim on console/doors), $450