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2010 INFINITI EX

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2010 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 CUV but takes its styling cues and driving dynamics from sportier vehicles. The 2010 EX35 is not just a plush "coupe-like" CUV, 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 Mercedes-Benz GLK350.

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 Mercedes-Benz GLK350.

What's New for 2010

For 2010, navigation is now offered as a stand alone option. All-wheel-drive models gain standard heated front seats, while all EX35's gain heated outside mirrors and auto on/off headlamps. The Around View monitoring system, once a stand along feature, has added to the Bose audio 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 G37 Plus. By combining a lower roofline than...

... its competitors with what is essentially the former iteration of the G37's terrific powertrain (albeit with 31 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.

2010 INFINITI EX Details
Interior

Overall, the interior of the 2010 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 aluminum 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 four and 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 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, Bluetooth cell phone connectivity, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats and an auto-dimming mirror with electronic compass. 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 2010 Infiniti EX35 are bundled into packages. 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 with the Bose Around View Monitor Package (includes 11-speaker Bose sound system, iPod interface and Bluetooth). A hard drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic information can be ordered as a stand alone option, but does require the Bose and Around View Package be ordered as well. Finally, the Premium Package adds eight-way power passenger's seat, driver's seat power lumbar, reverse tilt down outside mirror, power up-folding second-row seats, auto-leveling bi-xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting feature, aluminum roof rails and the coat hanger on headrest clip.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Infiniti EX35's 3.5-liter V6 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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