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2009 Infiniti EX

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2009 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 2009 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 New for 2009

For 2009, leather seating, RearView Monitor, rear HVAC vents and roof rails become part of the EX35's standard equipment list. The cloth seat option is dropped, while Distance Control Assist and Intelligent Brake Assist are added to the Technology Package.

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.

2009 Infiniti EX Details
Interior

Overall, the interior of the 2009 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 finished off in supple 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
2009 Infiniti EX photo

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 leather interior, keyless entry and start, eight-way adjustable driver's seat, automatic climate control, RearView Monitor, 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, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-disc CD changer, 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 2009 Infiniti EX35 are bundled into packages. The Lane Departure Prevention System and Intelligent Cruise Control are available as part of the Technology Package, while the cool 360-degree Around View Monitor is offered as its own package. Opting for the Bose and Navigation Package adds a hard drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic information and an 11-speaker Bose sound system, iPod interface and Bluetooth. Also available are heated front seats, 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon auto-leveling headlights and an adaptive front lighting system.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Infiniti EX35's 3.5-liter V6 – shared with the G35 Sedan – churns out a driver-pleasing 297 horsepower and 253 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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2009 Infiniti EX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 56 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

I put this car through 95K tough miles...

By on Thursday, January 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 95,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fast, great handling, slightly higher ride height"

Cons: "Fuel economy"

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

"And it performed flawlessly. Most people write reviews after only having the product we're a few months. This case I've owned my Infiniti EX35 almost 8 years and have driven it almost 100,000 miles with no mechanical issues whatsoever. The vehicle is still very fast I recently tested it 0 to 60 under six seconds and it handles very well, I should know I live in the mountains. The only drawback was the fuel economy from the 297 hp V6 -20mpg in town."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Best Car Value out there

By on Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Super-handling, acceleration, braking-great price!"

Cons: "Tight in back seat and cargo area"

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

"I've owned this car since buying it new off a dealer's lot in 2010. Absolutely best value out there on a vehicle in the small SUV or hatchback. Handling, acceleration, braking top notch and just plain fun to drive-very easy to park and get around. The surround camera is excellent 360 degree view. Layout is easy to use-all controls easy to reach. I have the AWD and had some initial problems with alignment (dealer didn't catch it) and first set of tires went quickly. Is a tight fit in the backseat so this isn't your best family SUV- not a lot of cargo space either. But- let me say this vehicle has needed only routine maintenance- oil change and that's it. Even now gives the 2016 vehicles a run for their money. Doesn't have some goodies, ventilated seats, power lift gate, but overall this is an easy and fun vehicle to own and drive. AWD has been superb in snow and rain. Actually considering buying a new one- really is an overlooked vehicle."

8 people out of 15 found this review helpful

It works !

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Beautiful design in and out, Great engine !"

Cons: "back leg room, tight for 2 children"

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

"For who likes driving as I do ..this EX has all the elements of enjoyment with a smooth powerful engine, brakes et all ! It is not afraid of country roads or of fast highway. The design and ergonomics are top notch and a constant source of satisfaction... The wagon capability is superb if you have one Labrador (not 2)"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

solid ride, ok car

By on Sunday, March 1, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "very fast"

Cons: "for awd, not the best."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Gas pedal is too responsive, tail gate lift is weak, not power tail gate and even having the front end alingment it pulls to the left at time and has from the start."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Awesome crossover

By on Friday, January 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 84,250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Reliable, quick, spacious enough for a couple w/o kids. Small size & 360 camera system perfect for parking in NYC. Enough trunk space for 4 golf bags. Near-perfect ergonomics and menu navigation via steering wheel buttons. Premium Bose sound system is better than my Maserati's. Takes regular unleaded--Holla! Only gripes: cupholders need more room between each other. Rear seat legroom a bit lacking. Suspension a little too stiff for my middle-aged back."

9 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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."

23 people out of 41 found this review helpful

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