2008 Infiniti EX35 Review

2008.infiniti.ex35 What exactly is the Infiniti EX?  It sort of looks like a tall G35 sedan meshed together with a Nissan Rogue.  Both fine looking cars, to be sure – but do they go together?  The styling is subjecting, though I’d say it looks much better than it’s big brother the FX. 

As it’s looks indicate, the EX shares it’s platform and engine with the G35 and FX35.  No complaints there – both the platform and engine are fantastic building blocks.  Infiniti managed to keep the weight pretty reasonable, as the base EX35 only weighs 255 lbs more than G35 RWD sedan – not bad when you consider the cargo area.  Performance is also pretty nice – it’s one of the fastest ( maybe the fastest ) crossover SUV on the road today.

Passenger space is a little tight in the rear, though not horrible.  Headroom is a little lacking for adults, though kids would never notice.  Overall not a bad package, but the price climbs skyward in a hurry.  If you’re not careful when ticking off the options you’ll be staring at a $40k+ sticker.  For a compact CUV – yikes.

2008 Infiniti EX35 Specs

  • 297 HP 3.5 liter VQ V6
  • RWD standard, AWD optional
  • 17″ wheels
  • Curb weight: 3752 lbs
  • EPA Says : 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway

2008 Infiniti EX35 Reviews

Edmunds reviews the 2008 Infiniti EX35 and says – ‘Driving the 2008 Infiniti EX35 is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, even if you don’t normally like sport-utility vehicles. For starters, the EX is quicker than other compact SUVs, even those of the premium variety, and its V6 is smooth, potent and aurally pleasing even at high rpm. In addition, the balance between ride quality and handling is close to ideal. Even with the 18-inch wheels, the EX35 is perfectly comfortable over crumbling pavement, yet it feels sharp and responsive when hustled around turns. The brakes are strong and easy to modulate.’

2008.infiniti.ex35-b Car and Driver reviews the 2008 Infiniti EX35 and says – ‘Thanks to its low roofline, the EX35 feels decidedly snug inside compared with competitors like the BMW X3, although the actual interior width is impressive. Materials appear to be on par with the class leaders, and the design is familiar to anyone who has spent a stint inside any of its FM-platform brethren. Infiniti worked hard to lower the cargo floor to enhance practicality, but nonetheless the steeply sloping D-pillar may require you to trade the EX for your neighbor’s buddy’s Explorer for those Saturday afternoon Home Depot splurges.’

Automobile Mag reviews the 2008 Infiniti EX35 and says – ‘Looking at the styling, it doesn’t look so good, nothing like its older brother, the FX. The EX carries the same funky jelly-mold look that the G35 is cursed with. The G37 coupe is the only decent looking one of the G/EX group. Interior space on the EX is comically small. The FX was never known for being spacious and the EX makes this now an Infiniti crossover trait. I am surprised the car has power folding seats in the back as the driver could almost reach the rear seats it is so tight. Also, I don’t like how similar the volume and temperature knobs are, as it seems to get cold every time I try to turn down the music.’

TTAC reviews the 2008 Infiniti EX35 and says – ‘Yes but– you can’t drive an EX35 off road. Or tow anything. Or carry four adults in comfort. Or their luggage. Yes, the Infiniti EX35 is the fastest, best handling of all the luxury cute utes. But who cares? How many people have been hankering for a really expensive jacked-up two-plus-two sports coupe with a billion megabits of electro-mechanical mishaps just waiting to happen, produced by an automaker whose street cred hovers in that near luxury no-man’s land once occupied by Buick, currently home to Acura?’

Inside Line reviews the 2008 Infiniti EX35 and says – ‘The EX35 adapts to this sort of thing with far more grace than any other Infiniti, and it rides city streets with brilliantly sophisticated composure, using plenty of its suspension travel yet without feeling tall and tippy in the way many crossovers do. The five-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly, and the V6 gives back 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. (We recorded 17.0 mpg in our mixed usage.) All the rough edges of the G35 sedan’s personality have been smoothed down, and the EX feels deliciously deliberate in comparison.’

Published on February 22, 2008 in Nissan

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