2009 Infiniti EX35

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2009 Infiniti EX35 Review

Moving beyond the standard SUV into a smoother drive.

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Overview

The 2009 Infiniti EX35 walks the fine line between SUV sport and sedan quality. The sleek style rivals any of the mainstream SUVs out there on the road today. The handling, however, resembles the control of a four-door smaller sedan.

With a heightened safety rating and a V-6 engine, there is both power and control in this vehicle. Optional safety enhancements can bring the 2009 Infiniti EX35 even farther though there is an extra price. The power, however, is not as fast as others in the SUV genre though the 2009 Infiniti EX35 is making great lead way toward a fully-functional luxury crossover SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V6 engine
Transmissions: five-speed automatic transmission
Models: Infiniti EX35, Infiniti EX35 Journey

What's New

The 2009 Infiniti EX35 comes in two varieties. It has either the standard rear drive capacity or the all-wheel drive option. The difference between this model and previous years is the new technological upgrades and the heightened cross-over appeal that previous models did not have.

Exterior

The 2009 Infiniti EX35 has a cool, sleek sparkle finish that comes in seven-color options. There is a chrome grill and rear spoiler that provide that sporty look for the SUV. Also included are both front and rear wind shield wipers that allow for better visibility during unfriendly climate commutes. The interior color options include a range of details as well allowing both the body and the interior to complement one another.

The body also includes four doors for easy access and both an internal and external cargo space release. This allows for better ease of movement though the cargo area is smaller. Seventeen-inch alloy wheels make the exterior pop. With a shimmer in both the paint and the chrome, there is a luxurious appeal that radiates from the vehicle on the road.

Interior

The interior of the 2009 Infiniti EX35 model is dominated by a two-color leather finish that provides a sleek and luxurious look. This coupled with plus accents, and the accessibility of easy to access controls, make it seem like a top-of-the-line SUV. There are iPod capabilities and wide front seats that make the commute entertaining and enjoyable. The five-passenger vehicle has roomy front seats that allow a good fit for most body sizes.

The back of the 2009 Infiniti EX35 leaves much to be lacking. The tight cramped space can make it uncomfortable for travel and the legroom insufficient. Cargo capacity is small and tight. For travelers or those carrying larger loads, it is more difficult to achieve in this SUV. There are, however, seat mechanisms which will instantaneously collapse the seating. The cargo room is still weak when compared to other models.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Infiniti EX35 is as previously stated available in both rear and all-wheel drive. The engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 with a five-speed automatic transmission. With an output of 297 horsepower coupled with the five-speed automatic transition, it can go from zero to 60 mph fairly quickly. This is an asset not seen in comparable SUVs of its time.

Safety

Front and side impact tests saw the 2009 Infiniti EX35 excel. They got the industry rating of ""good,"" which is attractive to many individuals who care about safety as a top priority. Included on the Infiniti EX35 is the side curtain airbags and front seat side airbags as well. There is traction control, stability control, and anti-lock disc brakes come standard on all models.

For an additional fee, more technologically advanced features that enhance safety can be obtained. These include Forward Collision Warning and Intelligent Brake Assist which takeover for the car in high volume or traffic areas. It can also be equipped with technologies that will warn a driver if they are drifting into another lane or are going to go into impact. These, though, come at a higher price.

EPA Fuel Economy

Infiniti M35, all-wheel drive: 16/23 mpg city/highway
Infiniti M35, rear drive: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • The smooth transitions
  • The sleek interior design
  • The feel of a sedan while mastering an SUV
  • The heightened power of the V-6 engine
  • The optional add-ons of technology and other upgrades

You Won't Like

  • The backseat's smaller size
  • The lack of cargo room

Sum Up

Moving beyond the standard SUV into a smoother drive.

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