Happy with my ex-35. it's fast, great design, safe handling, excellent torque. Except: Spartan leg room space in the rear seating arrangement. Highly suggest infiniti attempt to increase leg spacing at cramped rear seat area. Reliability impressive.
I purchased my ex35 the first year it was out thinking its an infiniti I would have no problems. I have has several recalls on the car. Very unreliable, the delarship has wrecked it two times, being southwest infiniti! I have 19,000 miles on it and the brakes on the rear have gone out. They have refaced the rotars two times and will not cover this under warranty. Motor in the mirror for the tilt down option has broke, power steering collum has gone out. I had to replace the battery at 6 months old. The list goes on. I WILL NEVER BUY ANOTHER INFINITI. Its supposed to be a luxury brand and its just a nissan! Save your time and headaches!!!
I love my SUR. I say this because it has great utility and drives and handles like a roadster. Quick, tight, and fun to drive. Because it is small and like a roadster it lacks some back seat room for passengers. Though I didn't buy it for that purpose, we have figured out how to accommodate and it really hasn't turned out to be a significant issue. MPG (21/27) is another disappointment for a small car but this is the price you pay for the power and that sporty feeling. I love the car, better than most any other I have owned. I strongly would recommend the EX35.
When my lease was up on the BMW 325i I was interested in something slightly larger with more amenities. I considered the X3 but the price difference for a similarly equipped BMW was roughly 13k so opted for the more elegantly-styled EX35 and cannot be happier. I average 22mpg in heavy city/hills driving so that's not bad given the 305hp V6 performance. Fit and finish is as good as my BMW and having hands-free bluetooth, leather interior, power seats w/ memory, etc. included underscores the point over the $13k difference in the German counterparts. Infiniti has built a great urban-sized crossover with superb styling, performance and features.
I have been watching this car since it came out last year and test drove one. I really thought it was a little too cramped and too much money - I drove an SUV. Anyhow, my boyfriend kept telling me to try it again when the price came way down, so I asked my dealership if I could take the car for 24 hours and they let me. I was sold after that! I just love it. I drove everything from the Lexus RX, BMW 328 wagon, Outback, Impreza, Acura RDX, Acura TSX, Toyota Venza (nice car, but too big for my needs), Mitsubishi Eclipse. I might have chosen the Outback, but I hate the exterior look and I HATE the red lights.