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2009 Infiniti EX Review

The 2009 Infiniti EX is one of the sportiest 2009 compact SUVs available, thanks to a powerful engine and athletic handling. Its main drawback is its small cargo area, which limits its usefulness and practicality as an SUV.

Pros & Cons

  • Good performance
  • Upscale cabin
  • Good safety score
  • Passenger and cargo space limited




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
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2009 Infiniti EX Overview

When it was new, critics loved the 2009 Infiniti EX for its strong performance and upscale interior. They weren’t so smitten, however, with its cramped seating and cargo areas, which are less spacious than most competitors’.

The EX comes with a V6 engine that produces 297 horsepower, and many critics said the engine is one of the vehicle’s best features. They also said that its suspension does a nice job of balancing sporty handling with supple ride quality. With rear-wheel drive, the EX manages an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway; opting for all-wheel drive reduces that to 16/23. Both of these ratings are typical for the class. The EX has good safety ratings.

Maximum cargo capacity with the rear seats folded is just 47.4 cubic feet, which is very low for the class. Reviewers said the EX’s cabin has an upscale feel to it, with high-quality appointments and comfortable seats with standard leather upholstery. Many noted, however that its back seat felt cramped, which is due to the EX’s sloping, coupe-like roofline.

Critics were largely impressed with the EX’s features, which include a backup camera, satellite radio and an auxiliary jack standard on base models. Upgrading to the higher Journey trim level adds a power sunroof and dual-zone climate control. Option packages, available on the Journey trim, add features like adaptive headlights, a power-folding back seat, navigation, Bluetooth, a multi-view camera system, a Bose stereo and additional safety equipment. The EX is largely unchanged since it debuted in 2008, so you may be able to save some money by shopping for an older model. 

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for sport sedan-like performance but need more room for cargo or passengers, check out the 2009 BMW X3. The X3 can carry nearly 30 more cubic feet of cargo than the EX, and may appeal to enthusiasts with its available manual transmission. However, some critics noted its athletic suspension could feel harsh on rough roads.

Another alternative to consider is the 2009 Audi Q5. Critics said the Q5 also has sporty handling, but it boasts more cargo and passenger space than the EX.

Compare the EX to the X3 and Q5 »


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