2010 Infiniti EX Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Infiniti EX was new.


Performance: 8.7

The EX35 is sporty enough for enthusiasts and comfortable enough for everyday drivers. The automotive press says its V6 power is excellent. Plus, its fuel economy is above average for the class.

  • "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." -- Edmunds
  • " The EX is a marvel to guide down a curvy road, delivering the most driver-focused experience of the group." -- Truck Trend.
  • "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
  • "Like the larger FX, this new Infiniti offers one of the more sporting experiences one can get in a crossover." -- Motive Magazine
  • "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

Acceleration and Power

The Infiniti EX35 comes with a sporty 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 297 horsepower, making it the most powerful in its class. Reviewers love its quick acceleration. Only the slightly less expensive Volvo XC60's 281 horsepower comes close, and its fuel economy is slightly worse.

Gas mileage for the EX is a little above average for its segment. The EPA rates the FWD model at 17/24 mpg city/highway and the AWD model at 16/23 mpg. Though they offer slightly less power, both the Acura RDX and Audi Q5 both offer better fuel economy. The RDX even costs about $1,000 less than the EX.

  • "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
  • "The V6 pulls hard from almost any speed, and the brakes are strong and easy to modulate.” -- Edmunds
  • "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 2010 Infiniti EX stands out as the only SUV in its segment to offer rear-wheel drive. In fact, nearly every test driver praises the Infiniti's sporty and responsive driving dynamics. It’s also available with all-wheel drive, which adds about $1,400 onto the base price and probably only makes sense for drivers who live in especially snowy or rainy climates.

  • "The EX is more fun to drive than most SUVs/CUVs, with light, precise steering." -- Truck Trend
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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.” -- Edmunds

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