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2011 Infiniti EX

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2011 Infiniti EX Review

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There are a number of compact luxury crossover utility vehicles roaming the streets, but few can offer the level of luxury found in the Infiniti EX35. From its flowing lines that mimic the larger FX50, to its technology-rich cabin, the 2011 Infiniti EX35 does everything right. But the icing on the cake is the EX35's interior, which is not only elegantly styled and highly functional, but can be adorned in rich colors that dare to go beyond the obligatory gray, black and tan found in almost every competitor. Add in unique features such as self-healing paint and the Around View Monitor that gives a 360-degree view outside the vehicle, and the EX35 begins to look like the perfect crossover. In short, the 2011 EX35 blends utility, luxury, performance and price into one very attractive package.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for the performance of a G37 sedan in wagon form, the 2011 Infiniti EX35 is about the closest thing you'll find. Technophiles will love the EX's high-end suite of audio and electronic goodies.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If the word "utility" is of paramount importance in your next crossover utility vehicle, the 2011 Infiniti EX35's small rear seat and modest cargo capacity can't compete against the Acura RDX or Mercedes-Benz GL350.

What's Significant About This Car?

For 2011, the Infiniti EX35 gains a new seven-speed automatic transmission that improves performance and fuel economy. New standard features include 18-inch wheels (up from 17-inches) and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Driving the EX

Driving Impressions The 2011 Infiniti EX35 rides and handles very much like the G37 sedan from which it's spawned, so much so that we simply began referring to it as our G...

Wagon. Although it's not as powerful as the G37, the EX35 shares the same V6 engine and seven-speed transmission, as well as many of the same suspension components, making this one of the most fun-to-drive CUV's we've tested. Acceleration from a standing stop is swift and steady, and the steering is precise with just the right amount of weight in the steering wheel to make parking easy and high speed maneuvers effortless. The new seven-speed automatic transmission can be shifted manually and features a slick downshift rev-matching technology that assures smooth downshifts and excellent performance. Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system brings an added measure of traction on wet or slippery pavement. The system uses an electronic active center clutch to distribute power to the wheels, a design Infiniti says is much quicker than a traditional hydraulic setup. Toss in the EX35's form-fitting front seats, impressive accident avoidance technologies and terrific Bose sound system (complete with iPod integration via the steering-wheel-mounted controls), and you have a vehicle perfectly suited for extended cruising or weekend escapes.

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.

2011 Infiniti EX Details
Interior

If you love a curvaceous dashboard and organic shapes and colors, the 2011 Infiniti EX35's interior will win you over the second you open the door. From its richly colored interior fabrics to its "kimono-like" seating featuring detailed stitching and soft leather skins, the EX35 truly is a designer's car. Owners can choose from stylish aluminum and black lacquer, warm maple wood accents, or a lovely chestnut brown color that covers the dash, seats and door panels. Bright white LEDs backlight the dash and instruments, which are all within easy view and reach of the driver. While two adults can fit in the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, they will find head and legroom to be rather stingy; the same can be said of the EX35's cargo hold, which is not very deep.

Exterior

Sharing Infiniti's Front Midship platform with the G37 sedan, the 2011 EX35 resembles a slightly softened version of Infiniti's muscular FX35/50. The long hood and low-to-the ground stance make it appear more wagon than CUV, while the double-arch grille and L-shaped headlamps solidify the EX35's place in the Infiniti family. Standard 18-inch and available 19-inch wheels speak to the EX35's performance abilities, as do the more subtle touches such as the chrome-finished dual exhaust tips and rear spoiler. One of the more interesting exterior features is what Infiniti calls "Scratch Shield," a highly elastic self-healing clear-coat paint that, when left in the sun, heals itself of fine scratches and scuffs.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2011 Infiniti EX35 RWD and AWD models come with a leather interior, keyless entry and start, eight-way adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, RearView Monitor, 18-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, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, heated front seats and an auto-dimming mirror with electronic compass. All trims come equipped with front, front and rear side-impact curtain and front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags.

Optional Equipment

Most of the technological goodies on the 2011 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 nifty 360-degree Around View Monitor is offered with the Bose Audio and hard-drive navigation as part of the Premium Package. Finally, the Deluxe Touring Package adds eight-way power passenger's seat, driver's-seat power lumbar, reverse tilt-down outside mirrors, power up-folding second-row seats, auto-leveling High Intensity Discharge headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting, 19-inch wheels and the coat hanger on headrest clip. The Deluxe Touring Package requites the Premium Package and Roof Rails.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Infiniti EX35's 3.5-liter V6 develops a driver-pleasing 297 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. This fourth-generation engine is available with only one transmission: An all-new seven-speed automatic with manual shift mode and downshift rev matching. The EX35 is EPA-rated at 17 city and 24 highway mpg in either rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive form. While at first blush those 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), 17/24 (AWD)

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2011 Infiniti EX Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 49 Ratings for the 2008 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

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!!!!"

13 people out of 21 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."

2 people out of 2 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!"

3 people out of 3 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."

1 person out of 1 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."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Fun car

By on Friday, August 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Fun driving; looks different (in a good way)"

Cons: "cramped back seat"

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

"If you like to drive and want to have a fun car with features that are near about top of the line, then this is the vehicle. Comparable BMW/Audi will probably be a lot more expensive and the ride will not be as smooth. On the other hand, while it might not be as serene as a Lexus, it definitely is more exciting. Long drives are not taxing and city maneuverability is very good. The inside is silent and refined with nice blend of leather and (apparently actual) wood trim; very good sound system and intuitive and fast (i.e. very little lag) nav. system. A word of caution though - I am skeptical about Infiniti's much touted self-healing paint. While it may (over time) cover small scratches and nicks, but do not expect miracles. Also, do not get this car if you want to use it as a full fledged family vehicle - just would not work."

9 people out of 10 found this review helpful

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