The EX35 is much more compact and streamlined than most other utility vehicles, and it appeals to those who want a taller sport wagon, or to SUV buyers who want something a little lower and nimbler.
As with the larger FX35, the EX35’s interior is better than most in its class.
The GLK and Q5 are all-new entries in this class for 2009; while the Mercedes GLK offers some measure of off-road ability, the Q5 is geared more for on-road performance.
The BMW X3, the original premium compact SUV in this class, retains more ruggedness than the EX and is less exciting to drive than the EX or BMW’s cars.
The Acura RDX is one of TheCarConnection.com’s favorite vehicles in this class to drive, though its ride is very firm and its turbocharged engine isn’t to everyone’s liking.
The Lexus RX 350 is a larger and more comfortable option, though it’s not nearly as much fun to drive.
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|2009 INFINITI EX35Browse Used Listings||2009 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2009 Lexus RX 350Browse Used Listings||2008 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings|
|16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|Small Station Wagon||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|RWD 4-Door||quattro 4-Door 3.2L Prestige||FWD 4-Door||4WD 4-Door|
|Rear Wheel Drive||All wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||4 Wheel Drive|
|4 Door SUV||4dr SUV||4-Door SUV||4 Door|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic||Automatic w/OD|