2008 INFINITI EX vs. Its Competition

2008 Infiniti EX35
Martin Padgett Martin 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.

2008 Infiniti EX35 2008 INFINITI EX
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2009 Audi Q52009 Audi Q5
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2008 Acura RDX 4WD 4-door Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Acura RDX
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2008 BMW X3-Series 3.0si2008 BMW X3
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Quick Specs
8.2
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.
8.4
The 2009 Audi Q5 sports the sleek lines of a sweet German sedan, a date-worthy cabin, and good, hefty, but gimmicky handling.
8.8
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
8.2
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   
$31,900$37,200$33,195$38,600
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas I6
EPA Class   
Small Station Wagon4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
RWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 3.2L Premium4WD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door 3.0si
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveAll wheel drive4 Wheel DriveAWD
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door SUV4dr SUV4 Door4 Door
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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