2012 Infiniti EX35 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Infiniti EX35 was new.


Interior: 7.6

The 2012 Infiniti EX's cabin is classy, luxurious and high-quality, but don't expect to find too much space. Reviewers complain that its second row seats are cramped, and its cargo capacity is disappointing for an SUV.

  • "Top-notch cabin assembly. Soft-touch surfaces abound. Journey's plush leather is accented by wood trim throughout the cabin and imparts a classy look and feel." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Though the back seat and cargo area are a bit cramped, the EX offers an otherwise smart interior." -- Car and Driver


While this Infiniti's leather-appointed front seats are comfortable, most reviewers find its rear seats cramped, even when relatively short or average-size people are sitting there. Many of the EX’s competitors, like the Cadillac SRX and Volvo XC60, offer more spacious rear seats. Front-seat space is better, but taller drivers may need more head or leg space. But regardless of how tall or short you are, reviewers say rear visibility is poor.

  • "Good headroom and legroom for average-size folks, but taller drivers may need more space. The comfortable driving position is enhanced by a slightly elevated ride height and supportive, bolstered seats. Huge side mirrors help rearward visibility, which is badly hampered by the small, raked rear window and 2nd-row headrests." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The backseat is less impressive, as its limited legroom becomes confining on long trips." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2012 EX has a superb fit and finish and comes loaded with premium standard features, especially in the Journey trim. The base trim comes with push-button start, satellite radio, a USB port for iPods and other portable media players, as well as a rearview camera. Reviewers report that the interior features are easy to use.

Upgrading to the Journey trim adds a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel and Bluetooth, and gives you the option for navigation and an 11-speaker upgraded Bose audio system.

  • "Both models have a 7-inch dashboard screen with or without the navigation system, and many functions work through controls mounted horizontally below the screen. The navigation system itself is refreshingly easy to use, and many audio and climate functions are separate from it." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The controls for the climate, stereo and optional navigation systems are some of the most intuitive to use, as is the standard iPod interface." -- Edmunds


Cargo capacity is the 2012 Infiniti EX's greatest weakness. Its 18.6 cubic feet with all seats in use just isn't enough for reviewers who expect more out of a compact SUV. The Volvo XC60 and Acura RDX have more cargo space.

  • "EX's wide opening hatch and fairly low height aid in loading cargo. Journey's optional power-folding 2nd row creates a nearly flat load floor with ease. EX's cabin features large glovebox and deep center console, but has shallow door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The cargo area is also somewhat shallow; at 18.6 cubic feet, the space behind the rear seatbacks is only marginally greater than the trunk space in many sedans. Even with those seatbacks folded down, there is less capacity than in competing crossovers." -- Edmunds

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