Crossover SUV shoppers, by the very nature of the vehicle they seek, are a demanding bunch. They want something that drives like a sedan, yet is a capable people mover and competent cargo hauler. That's a tall order to fill. But not everyone seeking this versatility wants a vehicle that has all of these traits in equal measure. Some drivers are willing to sacrifice some utility in exchange for an extra helping of sporty driving character. Enter the Infiniti EX.
Shoppers should know that throughout its run, Infiniti's compact crossover had an identity crisis of sorts, as it has had (including the current iteration) no fewer than three monikers. First came the EX35. It was then renamed the EX covered here and ultimately was dubbed the QX50 (covered in a separate review) to keep in line with Infiniti's recent naming protocol in which all its SUVs have a QX prefix. All three are similar, with only minor changes made through the years to their powertrains and features.
Whatever you call it, this compact sport-utility has the "sport" part easily covered thanks to a mechanical similarity to Infiniti's highly regarded G Sedan. Packing a powerful V6 and sharp reflexes, the EX offers exceptional performance. It also boasts numerous high-end luxury features. The main downside is that it lacks rear-seat passenger room and cargo capacity relative to most rivals. Still, if you're more concerned about driving than people- and cargo-hauling, the EX should more than satisfy.
Read the most recent 2013 Infiniti EX review.
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