2009 INFINITI EX35 vs. Its Competition

2008 Infiniti EX35

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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Quick Specs
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The 2009 Infiniti EX35 is an attractive choice for driving enthusiasts seeking a more moderately sized crossover.
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The 2009 Audi Q5 sports the sleek lines of a sweet German sedan, a date-worthy cabin, and good, hefty, but gimmicky handling.
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The 2009 Lexus RX 350 is a well-liked, competitive utility vehicle that has everything but personality.
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The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
MSRP From   
$33,800$37,200$37,700$33,195
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class   
Small Station Wagon4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
RWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.2L PrestigeFWD 4-Door4WD 4-Door
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll wheel driveFront Wheel Drive4 Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door SUV4dr SUV4-Door SUV4 Door
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 INFINITI EX35 vs. 2009 Audi Q52009 INFINITI EX35 vs. 2009 Lexus RX 3502009 INFINITI EX35 vs. 2008 Acura RDX