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2012 Infiniti EX

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2012 Infiniti EX Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.4

Labeling the 2012 Infiniti EX as just another run-of-the-mill compact luxury SUV would be a far cry from the truth. With sedan-like handling characteristics, an optional advanced all-wheel-drive system, remarkable agility and a powerful 297-horsepower V6, the Infiniti EX effectively puts the "Sport" back in Sport Utility. Unlike the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Audi Q5 and Acura RDX, the EX's tastefully-styled cabin offers a host of color combinations that stretch far beyond the predictable black, gray and tan schemes. Toss in class-exclusive features like the 360-degree Around View Monitor and self-healing paint, and the 2012 EX easily becomes one of the most attractive SUVs in the segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you admire the outstanding performance capabilities of the Infiniti G37, but yearn for an added measure of versatility, the 2012 Infiniti EX might be the ideal choice. And if the latest in-car gadgetry is of chief importance in your next compact SUV, the EX will satisfy your high-tech appetite.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you are looking for a small luxury SUV with generous rear-seat legroom and ample cargo space, you may find the BMW X3 or the new-for-2012 Acura RDX more accommodating to your needs.

What's New for 2012

A Homelink universal garage door opener and a new Malbec Black exterior paint scheme mark the changes for the 2012 Infiniti EX.

Driving the EX

Driving Impressions The 2012 Infiniti EX35 rides and handles very much like the G37 sedan from which it's derived, and that's a highly-commendable trait. Although it's not as powerful as...

the G37, the EX35 shares a similar V6 engine and the same 7-speed transmission, as well as many identical suspension components, making it one of the most fun-to-drive SUV's we've tested. Acceleration from a standing stop is swift and steady, and the steering wheel is appropriately weighted with a solid on-center feel. The 7-speed automatic transmission can be shifted manually and features a slick downshift rev-matching feature that assures smooth downshifts and improved stability. Additionally, Infiniti's optional Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system delivers an added level of traction on wet and dry pavement.

Around View Monitor (AVM)
The available Around View Monitor utilizes a series of externally-mounted cameras to produce a composite video feed depicting an aerial view of the vehicle's surroundings. The system is particularly helpful during difficult parking maneuvers that could use an extra set of eyes.

Intelligent Cruise Control
Conventional cruise control systems are useful when the highways are relatively deserted, but Infiniti's Intelligent Cruise Control can operate under the most congested traffic conditions by maintaining a preset distance from the vehicle ahead. As traffic slows, the system can automatically reduce vehicle speed - to a complete stop if necessary - and accelerate once traffic begins to move.

2012 Infiniti EX Details
Interior

Since the EX is Infiniti's entry-level SUV offering, one might assume the interior quality would reflect its moderate price point. The moment you step inside the cabin, however, it becomes abundantly clear that the 2012 Infiniti EX is anything but entry-level. Rich leather seating surfaces available in a sleek two-tone color arrangement complement the curvaceous dashboard and high-quality trim pieces, while the high-end suite of available electronic gadgets complete the upscale, contemporary presentation. Though we found it challenging to find any shortcomings regarding the cockpit layout, the EX's key interior weaknesses reside behind the front seats, where there's an undersized cargo area and cramped rear-seat legroom.

Exterior

The compact 2012 Infiniti EX makes a big visual statement. The low, sloping roofline combined with a long hood combine for a near wagon-like appearance. Nevertheless, anti-wagon fundamentalists have nothing to fear, for the standard 18-inch alloy wheels and raised ride height confirm the EX's SUV status. Available 19-inch alloy wheels speak to the EX's sporty demeanor, as do the dual chrome-tipped exhaust outlets and the rear spoiler. Perhaps the most intriguing exterior feature is Infiniti's Scratch Shield, a highly elastic clear coat paint finish that, when exposed to daytime heat and sunlight, slowly heals itself of light scratches and scuffs.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base 2012 Infiniti EX RWD and AWD models feature standard leather seating surfaces, keyless entry and start, 8-way adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear backup camera and a 7-inch color dash-mounted display. Standard audio equipment includes SiriusXM Satellite Radio and a USB port for portable music players. Opting for the Journey trim adds a power tilt/slide moonroof, Bluetooth, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and heated front seats. On the safety front, all trims include six airbags and a full complement of electronic active safety aides.

Optional Equipment

Most of the technological goodies available for the 2012 Infiniti EX are bundled into packages. The Lane Departure Prevention System that alerts drivers of an unintentional lane change and Infiniti's Intelligent Cruise Control are available as part of the Technology Package, while the nifty 360-degree Around View Monitor is grouped with the Bose premium audio system and hard-drive-based navigation in the Premium Package. Finally, the Deluxe Touring Package adds an 8-way power passenger's seat, driver's-seat power lumbar support, reverse tilt-down outside mirrors to help mitigate curb-related wheel damage and auto-leveling xenon headlights.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Infiniti EX'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: A 7-speed automatic with a manual shift mode and downshift rev-matching capability. The EX 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 Infiniti EX produces considerably more horsepower than its competitors while returning nearly identical fuel economy figures.

2012 Infiniti EX/All trim levels
3.5-liter V6
297 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
253 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg

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2012 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."

2 people out of 5 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!!!!"

14 people out of 23 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."

3 people out of 3 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!"

5 people out of 5 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."

2 people out of 3 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

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