2011 Infiniti EX SUV EX35 Journey 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
I owned an AWD version of this car for 15 months which had the premium and touring packages which meant it had 19 inch 245/45 tires. Bought it in March 2014 with 10k on it and just traded it with 17k. Avoid this car. Do not even think about buying one. Although it is a luxury-branded vehicle, it is NOT a luxury car. It is so low on overall refinement, noise and ride comfort that once my wife got a 2014 Kia Forte5, I almost exclusively drove the Kia because it delivered in every respect a superior driving and riding experience. The engine in this car is very loud when it starts at a fast idle and never settles down to a quiet purr even when it's warm. The engine is way louder than the Acura 3.7 and was actually louder than my wife's GDI 4 cylinder KIa. With the 19 inch wheels and 245/45 tires, it is extremely loud in the cabin, way way louder than my wife's Kia Forte and louder than virtually any other car I rode in during the time I owned it. With those tires, it also gave an extremely harsh ride on all surfaces except smooth highways. Even though the highway ride was "steady," it was still never a pleasant experience on account of tire noise and tire harshness over any imperfection. Detracting still further from any "luxury experience," there was an annoying and constant rattle (I mean you would hear the noise multiple times per mile) in the dashboard which I took it to the dealer at least 7 times and they could never fix it. The navigation system also was not very good. The screen wasn't that big and it really wasn't in the optimal location--the location of the screen and visibility of the screen were way better in a 2003 Acura MDX and our 2014 Kia Forte5 than in this vehicle. In addition, on this Infiniti, you have to pick a "zone" of several states to put in an address and to go to a state outside that zone, you have to reset it and go back several steps instead of just plugging in whatever state it is. That was an annoyance and I've never seen any other system make you do that--bad design pure and simple. Also, even more annoyingly, it will not let you put in addresses while on the move whereas my wife's Kia will, our 2003 MDX did and so did our 2011 VW Tiguan, and you can do that on the move in a GM car with OnStar. On the positive side, this car did have very strong acceleration and the 7 speed transmission shifted very smoothly. The steering was precise but on the highway due to the excessively wide tires, I found I needed to make constant corrections, which was taxing and tiring and I never arrived anywhere relaxed. In short, there was never any luxury feel or quality to this vehicle even though it is sold by an allegedly luxury brand. To give some perspective, I found a 2011 VW Tiguan and my wife's 2014 Kia Forte5 to both deliver a far superior driving/riding experience. Just now traded this Infiniti for a 2012 Cadillac SRX and the Cadillac is simply in a different universe. Can't understand how they manage to sell any of these Infiniti EX's considering how poorly they ride and drive. One other positive--the adaptive HID low beam headlights were fabulous and the H9 high beams were also very bright. Overall, virtually any car on the road delivers a better experience and value than this car does. Seriously, every single other car I rode in during the time I owned this car I thought was better. So, on a value basis, this car is essentially off the chart low. Gas mileage for the all wheel drive was also very poor--20 ish on the highway and around 15 in the city. Those numbers are what one would expect of a much larger and more substantial vehicle than this. I did think the paint job was nice though, and the Infiniti warranty is better than most. Overall, this was the least impressive and least enjoyable car I have owned during the last 35 years.
2011 Infiniti EX SUV EX35 Journey 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
A plush Chestnut interior and Garnet paint color makes my car stand out in a crowd. Great horse power (297) coupled to a smooth 7 speed. AWD for winter (CA) skiing trips. Comfortable leather heated seats, great driving position, turn radius, noise isolation, XM radio, nav system, 9 gb 11 spker sound system make for a surprisingly good touring car w/ rear seats folded down for the wife and I (kids are GONE). W/cross supports on the roof rack - a perfect ski storage system. AWD gets it done in moderate snow conditions (all weather tires limit this). Rear seating ok for short car pooling trips - up to 4 passengers. After 5 months and 6,000 - its a KEEPER! Car is trouble free to date.
11 speaker sound system a big improvement over my 2003
G35. Bluetooth great for cell phone hands free. XM/Sirius radio/ entertainment system, great bass sound.
All around TV visability great for parking. Road noise is minimal - shock/struts soak up all but the worst pavement - even w my optional 19" tires. Sun roof great for spring/summer days. 7 yr/100,000 factory warranty (option) makes my ownership worry free. Garnet paint/chestnut interior a winner - many positive comments.
Driver seating (Journey) adjustment couldn't be better. Heated seats are a hit!
More rear leg room, more hatch storage space. More space between center console cup holders. Better gas milage ...
2011 Infiniti EX SUV EX35 Journey 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
I traded my 2010 G37s for a 2011 EX35 to obtain more flexible space. Very impressed with the ride quality and compared to the G37, the performance is a close second. With the technology pack, the EX35 has becomes a feature-rich product with tools that make highway driving very pleasant. It may not inspire night drives down twisty country roads but it's not a snooze-fest either.
Comfortable for a 6'2" guy. Compared to the G37, has a better entry/exit. Rear seat room may be problematic behind someone with the seat mostly back but the dog doesn't complain.
- Intelligent brake assist
- lane departure correction
- intelligent cruise control
Bluetooth performance compared to a 2010 G37s is no better with recipients often complaining the call quality is poor at times.