The Infiniti EX line is a premium-modeled compact crossover SUV that’s got a smaller sticker price than the more upscale Infiniti FX. Introduced at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2008 luxury Infiniti EX35 will most likely appeal to city-dwellers who yearn for a nimble utility vehicle that’s small enough to zip smoothly in and out of traffic while still being able to squeeze into the occasional tight parking space.
Based on the Infiniti sedan G35’s body design, the EX35 retains the bulk of its predecessor’s proportions while coming in a bit shorter by several inches. Blurring the border between form and function, the EX35 opts for a decidedly sportier tone in terms of its style, performance dynamics, and on-board high-tech gadgetry.
The EX’s also features a few unique qualities that set this Infiniti line a tad above its competitors: The EX’s were the first production vehicles to offer small front, side and rear mounted cameras, known as Around View Monitor, to assist in reducing driver blind spots; it was one of the first cars to offer a ""Scratch Shield,"" a highly elastic resin mixed with the body’s clear coat that can self-repair tiny scratches after a day or so. It was also one of the first to offer a Lane Departure Prevention System (LDP) that helps the driver maintain lane integrity.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed shiftable automatic
Models: EX35, EX35 Journey
The 2008 Infiniti EX35 marks the Japanese auto-makers first venture into the compact crossover SUV market.
""Sleek"" and ""handsome"" are the two words that can be used to describe the 2008 Infiniti EX35s exterior. Designed at the Infiniti headquarters in Japan, its sculpted frame communicates a perfect fusion of both elegance and sportiness; graceful body lines reminiscent of a luxury coupe combined with a long hood, short front and rear overhangs, rearward cabin, and a smooth arching roofline over its windows. Completing the signature Infiniti look are L-shaped headlights, a double-arched front grille, integrated fog lights, and stylish LED tail lamps. Other exterior features worthy of mention include a high mounted rear spoiler along the hatchback, chrome exhaust pipes, power tilt/sliding sunroof, and a standard puddle lamp built in to the driver’s side door mirror that makes getting in and out of the car at night that much easier. Eight exterior colors are offered for the 2008 Infiniti EX35 including Moonlight White, Scarlet Silver, and Blue Slate.
Infiniti vehicles are designed to offer an interior environment that’s both indulgent and invigorating; the 2008 EX35 does not disappoint. Peak aspects include the flowing look of the front cabin seats and subsequent dash console that easily places the controls and LCD screen well within the driver’s reach. Match these aspects with good solid driver sight lines and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and it easily translates top-notch driving experience. The whole interior cabin is etched in either optional wood or black lacquer accents or leather seats that are equally stitched with precession and detail. The biggest downside regarding interior space is the lack of it in the backseat, where passengers receive a scant 28.5 inches of legroom - much less than other class competitors on the market. The luggage area also suffers for little room, but the rear seats fold down, greatly expanding the 16.8 cubic feet of room.
Performance & Handling
Both 2008 Infiniti EX35 trims get its power from a 3.5-liter V-6 that’s capable of delivering 297 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque, the same as in the previous G35 sedan. Married to a five-speed automatic transmission, the 2008 EX35 offers drivers a quadruple-tiered bonus: sedan-inspired handling, a quick and eager V-6, smooth acceleration, and superior downshift rev matching. And in case that isn’t quite enough to pique a buyer's interest in the 2008 Infiniti’s powertrain, the EX35 explodes from a standstill to 60 mph in just six seconds, a commendable rate when hauling 3800 pounds of SUV.
For a compact SUV, the 2008 Infiniti EX35 packs a lot of safety features: front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, traction/stability control, child doors locks/seat anchors, front/rear height adjustable headrests with whiplash protection, anti-lock brakes, and alarm system. Also included is the optional Lane Departure Prevention feature that can both warn the driver when he/she has drifted out of their lane and take corrective measures via the stability control system.
EPA Fuel Economy
EX35: 17/24 mpg city/highway
EX35 Journey: 17/24 mpg city/highway
- Sporty sedan-like handling
- Attractive exterior design
- Good acceleration rate
- Plentiful high-end amenities
You Won't Like
- Bare minimum cargo capacity
- Scant rear-cabin leg/headroom
One of the sleekest compact crossover SUV’s on the market.
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