2008 INFINITI EX35 vs. Its Competition

2008 Infiniti EX35
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

It seems that Infiniti is on to something with its way-small crossover.

While the Lexus RX 350, Acura RDX, and BMW X3 have all been around for years, each is larger and more "traditional" in their SUV-ness.

The EX35 is much more compact and streamlined than any other available SUV or crossover.

Following the EX into the market in 2009 will be two new entries, one each from Mercedes-Benz and Audi: the GLK and the Q5.

Existing or yet to come, each of these competitors is (or will be) attractive on some plane, but the EX35 will remain the most sedanlike premium crossover out there.

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Quick Specs
Because of the Infiniti EX35, 2008 could be year of the right-sized crossover. Many people are looking for SUV style without SUV size, and they should be particularly attracted to this offering.
The 2009 Audi Q5 sports the sleek lines of a sweet German sedan, a date-worthy cabin, and good, hefty, but gimmicky handling.
The 2009 Lexus RX 350 is a well-liked, competitive utility vehicle that has everything but personality.
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
The 2008 BMW X3 gets much-needed improvements to its ride and its interior, but it's still more rugged--though not as refined--as the Acura RDX.
MSRP From    
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class    
Small Station Wagon4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
RWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.2L PrestigeFWD 4-Door4WD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door 3.0si
Rear Wheel DriveAll wheel driveFront Wheel Drive4 Wheel DriveAWD
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door SUV4dr SUV4-Door SUV4 Door4 Door
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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