2010 Infiniti EX35 Journey AWD

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.

That svelte size has both its merits and downfalls. On the one hand, it feels much more carlike than the larger FX and is amazingly nimble in the cramped parking garage I deal with on a daily basis. On the downside, you lose a lot of usable space within the interior cabin. Cargo space is roughly half of what Audi offers in its competitive Q5, and even the cockpit itself feels a little cozy for a large, broad-shouldered individual like myself.

For the most part, our tester was equipped in a similar fashion to our now-departed Four Seasons EX35, but I do think the slate-on-taupe two-tone interior looks much more attractive than the charcoal cabin we previously sampled (I'm also impressed that little things, like steering wheel function buttons, are also molded in a matching taupe instead of being left black). Also, the upgraded navigation system is much more attractive than Infiniti's last iteration, although it isn't a giant leap forward in terms of its usability-but it was pretty good to begin with.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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