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2012 Infiniti EX35 Review

With sport sedan-like handling and brisk acceleration, reviewers said the 2012 Infiniti EX is very fun to drive for an SUV, though critics noted that its cargo area and back seats are fairly cramped.

Pros & Cons

  • Sport sedan-like handling
  • Helpful Around View Monitor
  • Quick acceleration
  • Cramped back seat
  • Limited cargo space




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2012 Infiniti EX35 Overview

The 2012 Infiniti EX is powered by a V6 engine and has a seven-speed automatic transmission, and reviewers were impressed with the EX's swift acceleration. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available. A rear-wheel drive EX gets up to 17/24 mpg city/highway, which is on par for the class. Test drivers praised the Infiniti EX's nimble, sport sedan-like handling and added that it is an incredibly fun SUV to drive. Reviewers mentioned that the EX has a generally comfortable ride, but cautioned that models fitted with 19-inch wheels have a somewhat harsh ride.

According to test drivers, the 2012 Infiniti EX has an attractive cabin with superb fit and finish. The EX seats five on leather upholstery and critics said the front seats are comfortable and supportive but found that taller drivers may not have sufficient legroom. Most agreed that its rear seat is cramped, with limited legroom and headroom. Standard features include push-button start, proximity key, a rearview camera, satellite radio, a USB port and a six-speaker stereo system. Available features include an 11-speaker Bose audio system, Bluetooth, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, navigation and an Around View Monitor, which uses multiple cameras to show a 360-degree view around the EX. Reviewers found the Around View Monitor useful when maneuvering in close quarters, and others added that the navigation and audio controls are easy to use. Reviewers noted that the 2012 EX has limited cargo capacity, with 18.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. 

Other SUVs to Consider

The 2012 Cadillac SRX has much more cargo space than the EX and reviewers said its rear seats offer sufficient space for adults. Test drivers added that the SRX's standard V6 engine delivers brisk acceleration and the SRX has a composed highway ride.

The 2012 BMW X3 has sporty handling and a soft ride over rough roads, reviewers said. It comes standard with all-wheel drive, gets a bit better fuel economy than the EX and was named our 2012 Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families.

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