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Infiniti EX35 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 297 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Infiniti EX35

  • The 2010 Infiniti EX35 is one of the best-driving entries in the growing compact luxury crossover segment, and the price is right. Just don't expect it to haul people and stuff like its roomier rivals.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Zesty handling and acceleration, compliant ride, classy cabin, sleek styling, versatile hatchback body style.

  • Cons

    Limited cargo capacity for a crossover, cramped rear legroom.

  • What's New for 2010

    For 2010, AWD versions of the Infiniti EX35 get standard heated front seats, the Journey model gets standard Bluetooth and all models get automatic headlamps and heated outside mirrors. Additional techno-goodies include a standard iPod/USB interface, an optional "plasmacluster" air filtration system, and extra navigation features (Bluetooth streaming audio, weather updates and the Zagat restaurant guide).

Full 2010 Infiniti EX35 Review

What's New for 2010

For 2010, AWD versions of the Infiniti EX35 get standard heated front seats, the Journey model gets standard Bluetooth and all models get automatic headlamps and heated outside mirrors. Additional techno-goodies include a standard iPod/USB interface, an optional "plasmacluster" air filtration system, and extra navigation features (Bluetooth streaming audio, weather updates and the Zagat restaurant guide).

Introduction

For quite some time now the station wagon has been out of favor. But that doesn't mean that Americans aren't interested in convenience or practicality. That's pretty much how the crossover SUV revolution came to be, and the 2010 Infiniti EX35 is one of the more recent additions to this growing crowd. Truth be told, the EX35 is more akin to compact wagons like the BMW 328i than crossovers like the Volvo XC60 in terms of functionality. It's not a big car. But what it does offer is most of the G37's sport sedan goodness, along with a more useful cargo bay, and that should be close enough to the magical "wagon by any other name" formula to attract shoppers in this segment.

Like its crossover brethren, the EX35 is based on a car platform, in this case the G37 sport sedan. Its wheelbase is 2 inches longer and its ride height 1 inch higher, but other than that, the EX is largely a G under the skin. There are two interesting exceptions, though. First, the EX's 3.5-liter V6 is a carryover from the old G35, as is the five-speed automatic transmission (the G37 has a 3.7-liter V6 and an improved seven-speed automatic). Second, while the EX35 borrows its front double-wishbone suspension design from the G37, its rear multilink arrangement is derived from the previous-generation FX SUV.

That may sound like an odd mishmash, but the results are impressive. Indeed, we think the EX35 may have the best ride/handling balance of any current Infiniti product, providing ample cornering capability without beating up occupants over bumps. The V6 may be down on power relative to the G37's, and the transmission may be short a couple of gears, but the EX still moves out smartly when you give it the spurs. Overall, this Infiniti's driving dynamics are more akin to a sport sedan's than a crossover's -- think of it as a marginally slower G37 with a more practical trunk.

Inside, the EX sports an attractive, dual-cowl dash design that employs high-quality materials and an available two-tone color scheme. There are also numerous standard and optional high-tech features, including Infiniti's innovative Around-View Monitor camera system and a trick hard-drive-based navigation system. Interior space isn't as impressive, however. The rear seat is a bit cramped, and while the folding rear seatbacks (power-folding with the Premium package) and hatchback body style facilitate cargo-hauling, the EX35 still can't hold a candle to larger, more traditional crossovers in these areas.

So the 2010 Infiniti EX35 isn't the most practical crossover on the block. If that's what you're after, you'll be better off with competitors like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK350, or the aforementioned Volvo XC60. But if you like the sound of sport sedan driving dynamics, a pleasant ride, a mildly elevated ride height and a still-useful wagonlike design, the EX35 is worth a close look. Americans may not like station wagons, but they're bound to appreciate this endearingly unusual Infiniti.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Infiniti EX35 is a five-passenger crossover luxury wagon available in base and Journey trim levels. Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, automatic headlamps, foglights, cruise control, keyless ignition/entry, heated outside mirrors, automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, eight-way driver and four-way passenger power seats (heated on AWD models), leather upholstery, two-tone cabin treatments, a rearview camera and a six-speaker stereo with single-CD player, satellite radio and a USB jack. The EX35 Journey adds a sunroof, dual-zone climate control, a power-adjustable steering column, heated front seats, wood interior trim, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and an in-dash six-CD changer.

Notable options are limited to the Journey. The Premium package includes adaptive xenon headlights, aluminum roof rails, driver memory functions, an eight-way power passenger seat, a power-folding backseat and upgraded interior trim. Eighteen-inch wheels and an aero kit can be added to the Premium package. The Bose and Around-View Monitor package includes an 11-speaker Bose stereo with a single-CD player and digital music storage, a navigation system (including Bluetooth streaming audio, weather updates and the Zagat restaurant guide), a multicamera parking system with a bird's-eye view, and front and rear parking sensors. Note that the navigation system is only available via this package. The pricey Technology package includes lane departure warning and prevention systems, adaptive cruise control and intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 Infiniti EX35 is available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. The sole engine is a 3.5-liter V6, and it's attached to a five-speed automatic with manual shift control. Output is rated at 297 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. In performance testing, a rear-drive EX35 went from zero to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds -- a quick time for this class. Fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined with rear-wheel drive, and 16/23/19 with all-wheel drive.

Safety

Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. The optional Technology package adds the Forward Collision Warning (which uses the adaptive cruise control radar system to alert the driver of an impending collision), Intelligent Brake Assist (which automatically engages the brakes when the driver ignores FCW) and the lane departure warning system (which alerts the driver when the car starts to veer into another lane).

In government crash testing, the EX35 scored four out of five stars for frontal protection and five stars for side protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the EX35 scored the best rating of "Good" in the frontal-offset and side impact tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The EX35 has one of the warmest and most inviting interiors in its class. High-quality leather and interior trim available in a classy two-tone color scheme complements the soft lines and pleasing contours. The front seats are supportive and the driving position is excellent -- more so with the Journey's power tilt-telescoping steering wheel. The controls for the climate, stereo and optional navigation system are some of the most intuitive in the business, as is the case with the standard iPod interface.

The rear seat is less impressive, as its limited legroom can be a pain on long trips. The cargo area is also somewhat compromised -- the 18.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seatbacks is only marginally greater than the trunk space in many sedans. Infiniti doesn't say what the cargo capacity is with the rear seatbacks folded, but suffice it to say it's going to be less than what you'll find in most competing crossovers.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Infiniti EX35 is a treat to drive, even if you're not a fan of sport-utility vehicles. That's because the EX is really more of a car than anything else. The balance between ride quality and handling is close to ideal -- even with the optional 18-inch wheels, the EX35 is perfectly comfortable over broken pavement, yet it feels sharp and responsive around tight corners. The V6 pulls hard from almost any speed, and the brakes are strong and easy to modulate. Those who go with the EX instead of the G37 will rarely miss the G's slightly better overall dynamics.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


3 of 3 people found this review helpful

What a solid well balanced

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti EX35 Journey 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I had been looking for the smallest most luxurious SUV on the market and sort of stumbled upon the EX35. Bought a 2010 from CarMax in Jan. 2014 and have enjoyed it so much. I truly cannot even imagine driving a more refined, comfortable, practical (I have no kids), good looking, quick vehicle. When the tires wear down I am going to upgrade to bigger wheels and better tires to improve the handling. I like everything about this car and have no complaints other that the so so gas mileage. Unless something weird happens, I plan to own this for a long time.




Not so impressed

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti EX35 Journey 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

4 Year lease, last 2 I have been anxiously waiting to take it back. 4WD system is horribly intrusive I find myself turning off VCD if there is any snow at all. And to do that you have to hunt below your knees on the lower dash. The snow switch I swear is nothing more than decoration. Has to be the slowest shifting transmission since GM's 2 speed slush box. Comfort wise it is ok, engine is powerful but gets no where near the suggested MPG even if you were to drive downhill with a tailwind. For the price I expected more and am really sorry I ever leased the thing.




Update to previous review

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti EX35 Journey 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

My previous review, entitled "hugely flawed" now need updating. My wife's EX went in for a service and for attention to the gearbox. She had mentioned the problem to the service department on two occasions and was fobbed off with "it's the car, it's normal", a somewhat typical reaction to females in an automotive environment. This time the service representative I dealt with was more positive. "Sounds like it needs the software upgrade". That is what was done and, guess what... tons more response. It now feels like her 2008 EX. Quick and ultra-responsive with no silly down changes. It's a shame the dealer didn't offer this first time round; perhaps it wasn't available. Very happy.




Hugely flawed, backwards step.

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti EX35 Journey 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

My wife owned a 2008 EX35 and only changed because the lease was ending. It was a truly excellent car, particularly its responsiveness. Due to our financial situation she had problems trying to move to a different manufacturer. She was pre-approved for finance by Infiniti so another EX35 was a logical step. We both loved the original car anyway. Having just read reviews of the FX35, I didn't realize why her new car was so poor. Put your foot down to enter the interstate and nothing happens, absolutely nothing. I thought maybe she just had a substandard car but now I see all these issues regarding the new transmission and Infiniti are not interested. Never again.



10 of 10 people found this review helpful

Seasoned audi owner switches to

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti EX35 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I drove Audi's for 12 years; after looking at the Q5, Acura, Honda, Hyundai, Toyota & Ford decided on the EX35, and have never looked back. Fun to drive, classy interior, tight fit & finish, cozy cabin, retro clock, warm leather, wood accents, the works! Was surprised that the XM nav, weather & traffic require separate purchases after 3 months. Mileage isn't what they promise or other reviews mention. Had one problem within a week of purchase with a rear "clunk" when going over a bump which Infiniti immediately repaired. Storage is fine for short trips or 2 passengers. I would recommend the car to anyone. Bubye Audi!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Love this car!

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Vehicle: 2010 Infiniti EX35 Journey 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I decided to wait one full year from purchase to give an accurate review of this car. On every level this car has been an absolute joy to drive! Beautiful interior and exterior design, rock solid construction, outstanding performance and handling. After 13k miles, not one problem to report. This is such a well engineered vehicle, I love riding in this car! Riding on snow was effortless thanks to the auto AWD. The all around view monitor is a great feature that is extremely useful when in reverse. When it comes to designing useful features, as well as interior and exterior styling, the engineers at Infiniti are in a class by themselves.



Talk About The 2010 EX35

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gordongordo
gordongordo
01-05-2010
Just leased a 2010 EX-35, as superb a vehicle as I assumed it would be --- remarkable performance, looks inside and outside, and very comfortable....


bonnano
bonnano
09-20-2013
EX35 Journey 26K miles 2WD (Don't need AWD here)...


gforce11
gforce11
09-17-2010
2010 INFINITI EX35 2WD...



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