The 2012 Infiniti EX35 continues to hold down the spot as the smallest, most car-like crossover in Infiniti's lineup. It also comes with the lightest price tag out of the bunch since the FX and QX check in a few slots above it. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 297 horsepower and puts the "sport" in this sport utility vehicle.
While the 2012 Infiniti EX gets high marks for its sportiness, it's not so great when it comes to utility, despite its hatchback shape. The rear seat is cramped, and the cargo area is smaller than you'd expect from the size of the vehicle. Still, it looks neat, drives well, and comes with a wide range of cool optional and standard features. If you like the idea of a sporty sedan, but want to drive a crossover like all the cool kids do, the EX is worth a look. But if you need the cargo versatility that is usually inherent with crossovers, you should take a look at this Infiniti's competition as well.
Bodystyle: Crossover SUV
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmission: seven-speed automatic transmission
Models: EX35 RWD, EX35 AWD, EX35 Journey RWD, EX35 Journey AWD.
New to the EX for 2012 is HomeLink Universal Transceiver and is standard on the EX35 Journey. A new exterior color, Malbec Black, also makes its debut for 2012.
Standard tire and wheel combination on the EX includes 18-inch eight-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in P225/55R18 all-season tires. A 19-inch five-spoke aluminum-alloy wheel is also offered wrapped in P245/45R19 all-season tires. Automatic headlights, fog lights, and heated outside mirrors adorn the exterior of the EX. Infiniti continues to bend sheet metal in arching curves that can be found over the wheel-wells and fender skirts.
The interior features a power sliding tinted glass moonroof that tilts on the Journey model. A sliding sunshade is also available on the Journey model. A Bluetooth hands-free phone system, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, and maple-colored interior accents line the interior. A telescoping steering column and heated front seats are also offered on RWD models (standard on all EX35 AWD models). The 2012 Infiniti EX35 also features an available Around View Monitor, which gives a bird's-eye view of the vehicle's surroundings during parking maneuvers.
Performance & Handling
A 3.5-liter V-6 producing 297 horsepower is the only available engine available for the EX35. It's mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, DS mode, and Adaptive Shift Control. Steering is enhanced by a vehicle speed-sensitive power-assisted system enabling the EX35 to turn on a dime. Rear- and all-wheel-drive are offered for 2012.
The 2012 EX35 includes anti-lock brakes, electric brake force distribution, and brake assist as standard safety features. Other safety features include driver and front-passenger air bags, side-mounted air bags, and a tire pressure monitoring system. Seat belt pretensioners and load limiters, Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children system, and active head restraints also come standard.
EPA Fuel Economy
EX35: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
EX35 all-wheel drive: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
Rear- or all-wheel-drive
You Won't Like
- Small back seat
Cargo space limited
Emphasis on sport, not utility
If You Like This Vehicle
- Acura ZDX