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!
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. Adding a new set of Michelin all season performance tires helped a lot. I like everything about this car and have no complaints other that the so so gas mileage. I plan to own this for a long time. as of November 2016 i am still very pleased. and Modern Infiniti does a great job. Update 11-2017. just drove the newest little SUV from Infiniti while my car was being serviced. It did show me that the EX35, while a great car, is very clunky by comparison. But i still like the EX35 a lot and would recommend it without hesitation.
Absolute most favorite auto I've ever owned! Cost of ownership (maintenance and repairs) are higher because it is a high performance vehicle and high-end luxury automobile. Worth every penny, and Rickenbaugh Infiniti in Dacono, CO is the only place I will ever take it. Has only required basic preventive maintenance. So spoiled by this little gem, I won't own anything other than Infiniti!
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.
Bose and Around View Monitor Package ($2,150 -- includes 11-speaker Bose Premium Audio system with 2 subwoofers; AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability and Radio Data System; Around View monitor with front and rear sonar system; advanced climate control system with Plasmacluster air purifier; Infiniti hard drive navigation system with 7-inch color touch-screen, lane guidance and 3-D building graphics; XM NavTraffic with real time traffic information; XM NavWeather; Zagat restaurant guide; Infiniti voice recognition for audio and navigation; single in-dash CD/DVD player; 9.3GB Music Box hard drive; streaming audio via Bluetooth wireless technology); Premium Package ($1,750 -- driver's seat memory with steering wheel, outside mirror and seat synchronization; 2-way driver's seat power lumbar support; coat hanger on driver's headrest; 8-way power front-passenger's seat; power up-folding second-row seats; premium stitching on meter hood; xenon auto-leveling headlights with adaptive front lighting system; HomeLink universal transceiver; aluminum roof rails; outside mirror with reverse tilt-down); 18-Inch Tire Package ($500 -- 18-inch x 8-inch 8-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels and 225/55R18 all-season tires); Illuminated Kick Plates ($280).
Enjoys a bit of wheelspin on the launch when VSC is shut off. That said, the EX is dead consistent, shifts smartly at redline (but not harshly) and power doesn't wane as redline approaches.
Confident, consistent and powerful brakes that showed very little signs of fading. Minimal dive and every stop was arrow-straight.
Skid pad: VSC is not truly "off" and slight brake intervention combines with throttle closing to maintain intended path. Excellent steering load and information. Very good balance and the rear wants to play, but is ultimately checked by VSC. Slalom: Very little difference between VSC on/off speed, however, the EX feels less encumbered when the VSC is switched off. Well-tuned VSC applies brakes subtly and effectively. Excellent, crisp turn-in, very good weight transfer and enthusiastic RWD character that rewards throttle manipulation.