Whether in motion, or standing still at a traffic light while behind the wheel of the Infiniti EX35, somehow a woman–young, old and in between in age–commented, “nice car.” At first my ego wanted to believe each was merely flirting with me, but by the third day of driving, I had to confess, it was indeed the car!
The EX35 is extremely maneuverable, with a nice turning radius (measured by how easily I can pull into my curved garage entry). Its beauty is reminiscent of the FX35 when it debuted. And even though it’s smaller in size and more fuel efficient, it offers comfortable seating for five, with plenty of cargo space for an individual who rides his/her bike on the weekends, or car load of groceries, or shopping from the mall.
Some of the coolest features I enjoyed include Sequential welcome lighting. As you approach the vehicle with the intelligent key in your possession, the lights below the side view mirror begin to illuminate softly followed by the interior lights. Of course when you open the door, the word “Infiniti” lights up in the door sills giving further attention to the sexy black lacquer and aluminum trimmed dash and leather interior . Now, that’s hot and sexy! And as with all Infiniti products I’ve tested, the EX35 is totally keyless.
Safety wise, the lane departure warning is a great thing to have. Infiniti takes it a step further with lane departure prevention, which gently applies brakes to help steer you back into your respective lane and out of the path of the car beside yours.
There are Bose stereo systems and then there are BOSE stereo systems–the EX35 bearing the latter of the two. Add to that complimentary navigation package with a 9.3 GB music storage space that without complication prompts you to record and store the CD you’re playing, meaning, no more carrying around music. On the flip side, once you plug in your iPhone, or iPod, it fully integrates with and is then controlled through the audio system.
For a full list of specs on the 2010 EX35, click here.
In 2010, the EX35 Journey boasts a 3.5 liter V6 with 297 horses under the hood and a five speed transmission. With that, the fuel economy is an impressive 17 miles per gallon city and 24 highway. However, for 2011, it gets a 7-speed transmission, for even better fuel economy (EPA ratings not yet available). Also for 2011, the 17-inch rims grow to 18″, with an available set of 19’s.
Another note of worthy mention is Infiniti’s Around View camera system that allows you to see not only behind you, but all around, which is reminiscent of what you find on luxury vehicles in the $100K range. And that’s hot!
For 2010, the EX35 Journey AWD lists at $36,000. Most of the specific features mentioned in this review are either part of the $2,250 Technology Package, or the $1,750 Premium Package. Add $280 for the illuminated sill plates (a must have if in the words of Neo, you’re living “The Champagne Life!”) and $2,150 for the Bose and Around View Monitor Package. That bring the total of the model I tested (as shown) to $43,295, including destination charges.
All in all, I can definitely see how and why a woman would, or a man, could love this car!