2009 INFINITI EX35 Review

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Trevor Wild Trevor Wild Author
April 8, 2009

The 2009 Infiniti EX35 is an attractive choice for driving enthusiasts seeking a more moderately sized crossover.

To bring you this comprehensive survey of the 2009 Infiniti EX35, experts at TheCarConnection.com have looked high and low for the most useful information in published reviews. Driving opinions from TheCarConnection.com editors are also included here so that you have the most information for your next car purchase.

The 2009 Infiniti EX35 shares a lot with Infiniti’s G37 sport sedan and coupe, along with the outgoing Nissan 350Z sportscar, so it’s no surprise that the EX35 is a solid performer.

On the outside, the new EX has the looks to match that performance, including styling cues clearly borrowed and refined from the larger FX performance crossover. Oversized wheel wells and flared fenders in back, combined with the arching, aggressive roofline, give it the same cartoonish yet serious look that dominates in the FX. The interior of the 2009 Infiniti EX35 is handsome and sophisticated, with a techno-modern feel that's absent from similar vehicles from Lexus, for example. The EX has a cockpit-style layout, with a wide center stack that wraps down into a console, so the front seating is a bit narrow but comfortable for most. The instrument panel is downright classy, with tasteful wood and matte finishes and none of the chrome overdose that plagues some luxury vehicles.

Power in the 2009 Infiniti EX35 comes from the G35's smooth-revving 297-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and a five-speed automatic. The little crossover's suspension is buttoned down, making you feel as if you're piloting a sporty sedan instead of an SUV, and road feel actually carries through the steering—a pleasant rarity in this class of vehicle.

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The genesis for the EX35 comes from a notion that traditional SUVs and crossovers are still too big for some buyers, so Infiniti keeps the size of the EX on the tidy side. As a matter of fact, its wheelbase and key interior dimensions are smaller than those of the G35 sedan, which means there's not an excess of room in the backseat—though front-seat passengers will feel coddled.

Infiniti offers an extensive set of airbags, along with stability and traction control and anti-lock brakes. The 2009 EX35 also has a host of safety-related options that may warrant more of your attention: Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention, and Around View Monitoring.




The 2009 Infiniti EX35 is a good-looking vehicle—and it feels fresh, modern, and ultimately luxurious.

The 2009 Infiniti EX35 is a well-designed vehicle: tasteful, contemporary, and clean, according to a wide range of review sources.

ForbesAutos praises the sleek design "inside and out." Motor Week points out that the 2009 Infiniti EX35 is "built by a company devoted to style," so it's not surprising that the 2009 EX35 "embodies plenty of it...[with] an arching, coupelike roofline, a double-arch grille, L-shaped headlamps, and aggressive proportions." Most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are impressed with the appearance of the 2009 Infiniti EX35. The Auto Channel is especially complimentary, extolling the "EX35's sculpted elegance [that] expresses a timeless appeal—sleek lines that portray speed, grace and finesse."

Cars.com notes the "rear end recalls Infiniti's larger FX model, for better and for worse." While it presents a "sporty and stylish" appearance, this design comes at a cost, making "for a relatively tight cargo area."

Inside, there's plenty of praise for the 2009 Infiniti EX35. Cars.com likes the interior: "The interior is appointed like other Infiniti models, which is to say nicely, with modern, high-quality materials and design. Aluminum trim appears sparingly and is effective, as is the black-lacquer bezel on the center console and control panel." Edmunds describes the dashboard as "distinctive...[the design] flows around the driver in soft waves." The optional maple interior trim "spruces up the cabin," according to Motor Week; overall, the vehicle has "style...and sport."

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The 2009 Infiniti EX35 is designed with drivers in mind; it's pleasant, sporty, and fun.

Experts at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Infiniti EX35 is fun to drive and is sportier than most others in its class.

Motor Trend reports that "the EX is inspired by a 3.5-liter version of Nissan's VQ-series V-6, which delivers 297 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque." Edmunds calls the engine "responsive...with more than adequate oomph over the rev range, and competent passing power." A five-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive round out the package. Edmunds notes "the "transmission's ability to match revs on downshifts."

Edmunds reports that "premium gasoline is recommended for optimal performance and mileage," but the vehicle will run on regular as well. On the subject of fuel economy, TheCarConnection.com finds minimal difference between the two- and all-wheel-drive versions; both average around 20 mpg. Cars.com says, "At 17/24 mpg with rear-wheel- and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive, the EX's mileage is typical of small luxury SUVs but a bit lower than the sport wagon average."

Car and Driver calls the 2009 Infiniti EX35 the "sportiest ute yet," succeeding where the late and unlamented AMC Eagle fails, as a carlike SUV that "looks good and promises to drive even better." The all-wheel-drive option—which costs $1,400 extra—offers "snow mode," which splits the power between the front and rear wheels 50/50, according to ConsumerGuide.

AutoWeek reports that the 2009 EX35 "handles with aplomb, carving freeway ramps nicely for a small SUV while always exhibiting a stable ride." According to Edmunds, the 2009 Infiniti EX35 is "quicker than any of its peers and arguably has the best ride/handling balance of any premium compact crossover as well." Cars.com says, "the EX35 offers spirited handling with excellent dynamics," and "the ride quality is firm but comfortable—more like a sport sedan than an SUV."

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Comfort & Quality

There are excellent materials in use in the 2009 Infiniti EX35, but the backseat is tight.

Most reviewers find the 2009 Infiniti EX35 satisfactory in terms of comfort and quality, though space is indisputably tight.

Front seats in the 2009 Infiniti EX35 garner neither raves nor rants (AutoWeek says, "It features high-quality materials and superbly comfortable seats"), but rear space is at a premium. "The EX35's greatest interior shortcoming is the size of its backseat," Cars.com comments, "which is especially frustrating, because the lack of space seems unnecessary." Motor Trend points out that compared to the Acura RDX, "Rear-seat legroom, at 28.5 inches, pales to the 37.7 in the RDX." Edmunds reports "solid ergonomics" all around. Some key ergonomic features, however, aren't included in the base EX35.

Cargo space is also tight in the 2009 Infiniti EX35. Motor Trend states that the "meager 16.8 cubic feet of cargo volume (only 3.3 more than that of a G35) is down by a couple of Miata trunks compared with the Acura's 27.8."

As far as materials are concerned, AutoWeek "found the interior extremely pleasant. It features high-quality materials and superbly comfortable seats." Cars.com mentions that "aluminum trim appears sparingly and is effective, as is the black-lacquer bezel on the center console and control panel." These are standard in the base model of the 2009 Infiniti EX35, but Edmunds reports that "the optional maple wood trim is much nicer." Edmunds adds a caveat: "interior materials aren't going to win any awards for quality," but those who are willing to pay extra can have genuine leather upholstery. Cars.com, however, remarks that "the interior is appointed like other Infiniti models... with modern, high-quality materials."

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The 2009 Infiniti EX35 has the makings of a very safe vehicle, but government crash-test results aren't in yet.

The safety features available on the 2009 Infiniti EX35 leave no major stone unturned.

The Infiniti EX35 earned top ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). NHTSA has not yet tested the Infiniti EX35. Car and Driver calls the EX35 a Top Safety Pick.

Cars.com reports that the 2009 Infiniti EX35 comes with all the standard safety equipment that most new cars employ, including a full complement of airbags, active head restraints, and anti-lock brakes. One of the most innovative safety features sounds almost as if it came out of popular science fiction; the Around View Monitor actually allows the driver to see the vehicle from above, using "four different cameras to provide an overhead image of the vehicle," according to Edmunds.

Additionally, the vehicle's electronic stability control system assists the driver in taking corrective action. Like many other newer vehicles, the 2009 Infiniti EX35 offers a Lane Departure Prevention system, which sounds an alarm should the vehicle start to drift into another lane or the shoulder. All told, Edmunds likes that the 2009 Infiniti EX35 offers "more safety technology than any other compact SUV," while The Auto Channel simply praises the EX35's "innovative systems."

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The 2009 Infiniti EX35 has plenty of standard features and some nifty options—but you'll pay for them.

Editors at TheCarConnection.com love the high-tech features offered for the 2009 Infiniti EX35—but some drivers will balk at the high price associated with many options.

The Auto Channel notes that the 2009 Infiniti EX35 has "a long list of available features"—but everyone knows the special features make this vehicle shine. Here's a neat feature of the 2009 EX35: According to Cars.com, "Scratch Shield clearcoat paint...can heal itself of light scratches over the course of a week." However, the reviewer is hesitant to actually test it out. ForbesAutos reports that the EX35's paint is described as "self-healing."

ForbesAutos also gives "major gee-whiz points" to the power folding second-row seat. It's an option on more expensive EX35s. The reviewer doesn't hesitate to point out that the EX35 has plenty of "leading-edge features for gadget fans."

ConsumerGuide reports that other options include a navigation system, a rearview camera, and a 9.3GB hard drive on which MP3 files can be stored (as well as any other types of digital files, it is assumed, and accessed by means of a USB connection).

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