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2008 Infiniti EX

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2008 Infiniti EX Review

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Instead of offering just another cargo-hauling, people-moving crossover, Infiniti has blurred the lines between form and function with the EX35, creating a vehicle that for all intents and purposes has the basic utility of an SUV but takes its styling cues and driving dynamics from sportier vehicles. The 2008 EX35 is not just a plush "coupe-like" SUV, it is also a showcase of all the advanced technology Infiniti has to offer. Both the self-healing exterior paint and available Around View Monitor are exclusives for the automaker and help set the EX35 apart from competitors like the BMW X3, Acura RDX and Land Rover LR2.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the idea of a comfortable, technology-driven show horse that can also perform on the road, then you'll like the EX35's smooth 297-horsepower V6 and industry-first technologies.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The EX35's cargo capabilities and rear legroom aren't exactly generous (Infiniti does describe the vehicle as a "personal luxury crossover"), so you might appreciate the added utility of the Acura RDX, BMW X3 or Land Rover LR2.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2008 Infiniti EX35 marks the automaker's first foray into small crossover territory, rounding out its luxury SUV offerings with a more fuel efficient -- but very spirited -- vehicle that showcases all of the new bells and whistles the automaker has to offer.

Driving the EX

Driving Impressions The EX35 rides and handles in such a way that we began describing it to friends, family and curious passersby as the G35 Plus. By combining a lower roofline than...

its competitors with what is essentially the G35's terrific powertrain (albeit with nine fewer horsepower), Infiniti has created one of the most fun crossovers we've driven. Ride and handling are downright sedan-like and the eager V6 and five-speed automatic transmission work in concert to deliver swift and smooth acceleration as well as excellent downshift rev matching. Topped off with a plush, comfortable interior, the EX35 is as pleasant as it is potent. Adding to the overall experience is an exceptional (but optional) iPod integration system that makes it easy to navigate thousands of songs via steering wheel-mounted controls.

Around View Monitor (AVM)
By using small front, side and rear-mounted cameras to project an all-around view of the vehicle, this available monitor can be extremely useful when parking, giving the driver an idea of the total space surrounding the car.

Lane Departure Prevention System
A small camera detects lane markers in front of the vehicle and, when an inadvertent lane departure is detected, this system applies a small amount of left or right brake force to nudge the vehicle back on course.

2008 Infiniti EX Details
Interior

Overall, the interior of the 2008 Infiniti EX35 has a fluid, graceful look and feel. The instrument panel is laid out in a "double wave" design that puts the controls and a seven-inch driver information screen within easy reach of the driver. Tasteful black lacquer or optional wood accents are used throughout the car, complemented by what Infiniti calls "kimono-like" seating with detailed stitching and a tailored look and feel that is best experienced in leather. Two adults will fit comfortably in the 60/40 split power-folding rear seat, although three can be accommodated. Perhaps the only place where the vehicle doesn't shine is in the rear leg- and cargo-room departments, falling short of its competitors and making five-person trips a cramped experience.

Exterior

Built on Infiniti's proven Front Midship platform, the EX35's front is graced by a long, sleek hood and double-arch grille framed by L-shaped halogen headlights and integrated fog lights. LED taillights, chrome-finished dual exhaust tips, and a spoiler adorn the rear. With an arching roofline, 17-inch wheels (18-inch optional) and short front and rear overhangs, the overall look is pure sport. To make stepping in and out of the car at night easier, a puddle light is integrated into the driver's side-view mirror. Unique to the EX35 is Infiniti's "Scratch Shield" exterior clearcoat paint, which makes fine scratches -- like those found under door handles -- disappear in a few days thanks to a highly elastic resin.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base EX35 RWD and AWD models come with a cloth interior, keyless entry and start, eight-way adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a seven-inch color display in the dash, standard XM Satellite Radio and six-speaker AM/FM/CD player with auxiliary input, MP3 playback and iPod connection cable. Choosing the Journey trim adds a power tilt/slide moonroof, leather seating, auto-dimming mirror with electronic compass, bi-xenon headlights with auto on/off, front and rear sonar parking assist and heated outside mirrors. All trims come equipped with front and rear side-impact curtain as well as front seat-mounted side-impact airbags.

Optional Equipment

Most of the technological goodies on the 2008 Infiniti EX35 are available only as options and only on the Journey trim. The two that will get the most attention -- the Lane Departure Prevention System and the Around View Monitor -- are only available in the Technology Package grouped with the Lane Departure Warning System and Intelligent Cruise Control. Opting for the Navigation Package adds a hard drive-based navigation system, real-time traffic information and a back-up camera, while the Premium Package brings an 11-speaker Bose sound system, iPod interface, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth and heated front seats to the mix. The Luxe Style Package enhances the EX's smooth sheetmetal with 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights and an adaptive front lighting system.

Under the Hood

The 2008 Infiniti EX35's 3.5-liter V6 -- shared with the G35 Sedan -- churns out a driver-pleasing 297 horsepower and 297 pound-feet of torque. This fourth-generation engine is available with only one transmission: a five-speed automatic with manual shift mode and downshift rev matching. The EX35 sees at least 17 city and 24 highway mpg fuel economy in rear-wheel drive form, and loses only 1 mpg overall when equipped with all-wheel drive. While at first blush these numbers may not be noteworthy, what is impressive is that the EX35 produces considerably more horsepower than any of its competitors while matching their fuel economy numbers.

3.5-liter V6
297 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4800 rpm
EPA City/Highway Mileage: 17/24 (RWD), 16/23 (AWD)

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2008 Infiniti EX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 50 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

I actuall own an Audi A3 2012 that I am going to

By on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I want this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
7/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "nice ride, great sound system"

Cons: "75,000 miles and the exterior paint is damaged."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"sell so that I can buy the Infinitiy EX35 Journey.I know the person selling this car. It's older has more miles but it feels to me to be a lot more comfortable & the ride is really smooth compared to the 2012 Audi A3."

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Most Fun to Drive SUV on the Road Today!

By on Friday, April 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Acceleration, Handling, Interior, Technology, Nav"

Cons: "Leg room in back seat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I inherited this car from my wife when she decided she wanted a bigger SUV. At the time I was looking to trade my truck in on a G37 sedan but decided to trade it in on an FX35 for my wife instead and kept the EX35 for myself. She had been having sportscar like fun with this for over a year and never mentioned it to me before until she let me have it. She is right, feels like a sports sedan but has the utility of a hatchback. I have the black obsidian and get looks all the time from people asking me what kind of car it is. It is a blast to drive!!!!"

16 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Great car

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,600

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Wonderful interior. Excellent acceleration."

Cons: "Not great on gas mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I like this car! Great value for the money. Fun to drive. Luxurious inside and outstanding handeling."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

GREAT CAR IN ALL RESPECTS.

By on Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 58,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "STYLE, RELIABILITY, FUN TO DRIVE"

Cons: "rear legroom, nav screen hard to see in daylight"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Wonderful car if you don't need a lot of cargo space. It has been trouble free and drives better than any vehicle I have ever owned, including sports cars. It corners beautifully and has all the acceleration you could ever need. The styling and materials are top notch. There are only 3 things I would like to see in this car. 1. 2-3 more inches of legroom for the rear seat 2. a power lift for the rear hatch, and 3. a navigation screen that is easier to see in the daytime. If Infiniti makes this vehicle with a hybrid engine, I will buy it. I may just keep this one until then. It has been a GREAT car!"

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great Car!

By on Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great AWD sporty SUV"

Cons: "Small car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Overall a great care which is fun to drive and own. I think that it is a good alternative to a Lexus RX350 or a BMW (X1 or X3). Interior is well thought out and safety features are great. It has lane change departure warning, intelligent cruse control and navigation. The Infinity EX37 has a plus interior."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

A Great Vehicle

By on Thursday, December 05, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought this, used, 19,000 miles, about 3 years ago. It is a fabulous ride in every way. The storage in back is not great, but, is adequate for my needs. The ride, luxury, and overall quality are excellent. It has been a very reliable, and drivable vehicle. I owned a QX from 2001-2008, and it too, was a great ride. But the EX is far superior in every way except rear storage. But, the EX is a car, and the QX was a truck."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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