2009 Infiniti EX Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2009 Infiniti EX was new.


Performance: 8.6

The EX35 is sporty enough for enthusiasts and comfortable enough for everyday drivers. Its V6 power is excellent.

  • "Driving the 2008 Infiniti EX35 is a thoroughly enjoyable experience, even if you don't normally like sport-utility vehicles. For starters, the EX is quicker than other compact SUVs, even those of the premium variety, and its V6 is smooth, potent and aurally pleasing even at high rpm. In addition, the balance between ride quality and handling is close to ideal." -- Edmunds
  • "Fortunately, despite its deficiencies, the EX doesn't suffer from a lack of performance, which, if you rarely tote around kids, friends, or gobs of gear, will more than make up for any inadequacies." -- Motor Trend
  • "Acceleration is brisk, the steering is sharp and the brakes are strong. The EX35 remains composed on the rough back roads, and hangs on tenaciously around curves, with almost none of the body roll that is common to regular SUVs." -- The Family Car
  • "Like the larger FX, this new Infiniti offers one of the more sporting experiences one can get in a crossover. All Infinitis, save the QX56, ride on the same highly praised FM platform that also undergirds the Nissan 350Z sports car." -- Motive Magazine
  • "Infiniti says the EX35 isn't intended for towing, which again puts it in the company of the wagons, not the SUVs. In this small class, SUVs typically are rated at 1,500 to 3,500 pounds maximum trailer weight. Even the diminutive Volvo V50 wagon is rated to tow up to 2,000 pounds." -- Cars.com

Acceleration and Power

The Infiniti EX35 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 297 horsepower, making it one of the most powerful in its class. The EPA rates the FWD model for 17/24 mpg and the AWD model for 16/23 mpg.

  • "In a straight line, the EX's appeal does not diminish-its 0-to-60 time (6.5 seconds) and quarter mile (14.9 at 94.5 mph) were quicker than those of the Volkswagen Passat 2.0T and the Acura TSX. The EX's biggest upside -- that it's as sporty as a decathlete -- is also its largest downside, magnifying the fact that it conspicuously lacks utility." -- Truck Trend
  • "EX35 is strong from a stop and executes passing maneuvers with ease. EX35's automatic transmission is generally smooth with prompt downshifts." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The 3.5-liter V-6 runs hard to its 6800-rpm redline, staying smooth all the while. The five-speed automatic (with Sport and Manual modes) shifts as well as an automatic can be expected to." -- BusinessWeek
  • "The punchy V6 matches to quick shifts, especially in manual Sport mode. And every shift delivers a sports car worthy exhaust note." -- Motor Week
  • "Drivers will be pleased by the EX35's ready power. It is fast from a stop and offers no-worries passing response at highway speeds." -- New Car Test Drive

Handling and Braking

The 2009 Infiniti EX stands out as the only SUV in its segment to offer rear-wheel drive. In fact, nearly every test driver heaps on praise for the Infiniti's sporty, responsive driving dynamics.

  • "Detroit editor Lassa concurs, noting, ‘The EX is more fun to drive than most SUVs/CUVs, with light, precise steering,' which, as Markus states, "was the only one that actually gave me some communication regarding the amount of cornering the car was generating'" -- Truck Trend
  • "A fully independent lightweight aluminum alloy suspension and speed-sensitive power steering system help the Infiniti EX35 feel sportier through the curves than most crossovers." -- Forbes
  • "The ride quality is luxurious and comfortable without being mushy, and the handling attributes are more on the order of a sports sedan than those of a crossover SUV." -- San Francisco Chronicle
  • "This may sound a bit piecemeal, but the reality is that the EX's suspension offers perhaps the best compromise between ride comfort and handling capability of any vehicle in the Infiniti lineup. It's noticeably more compliant than the G, yet it will keep up with most sport sedans on a back road." -- Edmunds
  • While the all-wheel-drive EX35 is suited to cold-weather climates, the rear-drive version is the way to go for those who live in places like Southern California. It's lighter (by about 165 lb.), with better throttle response. Also, the steering ratio is slightly quicker than the awd's, so it feels more nimble through corners." -- Road and Track

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