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2013 Infiniti EX Review

The 2013 Infiniti EX sits near the top of the luxury compact SUV class thanks to its powerful engine, sedanlike handling, and high safety scores. However, cramped rear seats and merely average reliability ratings keep the EX from ranking higher.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Potent V6 engine
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Small cargo space

New for 2013

  • 3.7-liter V6 engine replaces 3.5-liter V6
  • Renamed (previously called the EX35)
  • Final model year before being renamed the QX50




Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Infiniti EX Overview

Is the 2013 Infiniti EX a Good Used SUV?

The 2-row Infiniti EX is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used luxury compact SUV. Often referred to as the EX37, this SUV serves up V6 muscle and agile handling that rival some sports sedans. It also rates well for safety and offers some of the lowest projected ownership costs in its class. Despite this, the EX’s tight rear seats and slim cargo space make it a less attractive option than the roomier 2013 Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Used 2013 Infiniti EX Performance and Interior

The Infiniti EX37 has a 3.7-liter V6 engine with 325 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available. The V6 hauls the EX up to speed with commanding thrust, and it provides robust passing power at higher speeds. The refined automatic transmission delivers prompt up- and downshifts as well. That said, fuel economy isn’t one of the EX’s specialties. The EX37 returns just 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is low by class standards.

The Infiniti EX has agile, well-balanced handling and feels stable when carving corners. Its steering is quick and provides good feedback, and the strong brakes slow down the SUV in a hurry. The EX’s suspension yields a reasonably smooth ride on most road surfaces, but rough pavement tends to produce a jittery ride, especially in models equipped with the available 19-inch wheels.

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The Infiniti EX has seating for five. The plush front seats are comfortable and provide excellent support, even on longer trips. Finding an ideal driving position is simple as well, thanks to ample seat and steering wheel adjustments. Unfortunately, the rear seats aren’t as comfy. There’s very little legroom, making the back seat quite a squeeze for taller passengers. There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. Cargo space is also slim by class standards. The EX has just 18.6 cubic feet of space behind its rear seats and 47.4 cubic feet with these seats folded.

The EX's interior hasn't changed much since 2008. Nonetheless, the cabin has a user-friendly control layout and many soft padded surfaces. Conventional buttons and knobs control the climate and audio functions. They’re separated nicely on the dashboard and within easy reach of the driver. A 7-inch screen is mounted higher on the dash, and it displays the infotainment settings and available navigation system. It’s controlled using a small joystick, which is easy to use while on the go.

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Used 2013 Infiniti EX Prices

The price of a used 2013 EX37 ranges from around $18,100 for base models to about $20,100 for EX37 Journey AWD models. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Infiniti EX?

The EX37 has average reliability, earning a score of three out of five from J.D. Power. Most luxury compact SUVs earn a 3.5 or better.

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How Safe Is the EX?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2013 EX a score of Good (the highest possible) in all four areas tested and named it as a 2013 Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the EX four out of five stars for its performance in rollover crash tests.

All EX37 models are equipped with a rearview camera. Adaptive headlights that pivot to illuminate turns are available. All other advanced safety features are found in optional packages. The Premium package adds parking sensors and a 360-degree camera. The Technology package adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake assist, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

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Is the 2013 EX the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 model offers the best value if you’re shopping for a used Infiniti EX. The SUV was renamed the QX50 for 2014 but otherwise saw no major changes until the 2016 model year. This means you can save money by shopping for a 2013 model while still finding the same features and performance as the 2014 and 2015 QX50. You can also save money by shopping for Infiniti EX35 SUVs (2008-2012), which offer many of the same features. These models, however, have a smaller V6 engine with 28 fewer horsepower.

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Which Used Infiniti EX Is Right for Me?

Infiniti offers the 2013 EX in four trim levels: EX37, EX37 AWD, EX37 Journey, and EX37 Journey AWD. The base EX37 has a 7-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, satellite radio, a CD player, a USB port, leather seats, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, and alloy wheels. The EX37 AWD trim adds all-wheel drive and heated front seats.

The EX37 Journey and Journey AWD trims add Bluetooth connectivity and a moonroof. Available features include a navigation system, an 11-speaker Bose stereo, and a suite of active safety equipment (in Journey trims only).

You may want to consider a certified pre-owned EX37. The Infiniti CPO warranty has three levels of coverage based on the vehicle’s age and mileage, which can cover up to six-years/unlimited-miles from the original new car purchase date. Infiniti CPO vehicles must pass a 167-point inspection. Extra benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Infiniti warranty page carefully.

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2013 Infiniti EX and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Infiniti EX37 or 2013 Acura RDX?

The 2013 Acura RDX and Infiniti EX are both fine options for used-SUV shoppers. Both have average reliability ratings, fun-to-drive handling, and peppy V6 engines. If advanced safety features are a must-have, go with the Infiniti. It has a far longer list of active safety equipment, whereas the RDX offers only a rearview camera. Otherwise, the Acura is a more practical option. It has roomier rear seats and cargo space, better fuel economy (20/28 mpg city/highway), and the lowest projected ownership costs in its class.

Which Is Better: 2013 Infiniti EX37 or 2013 BMW X3?

The 2013 BMW X3 is one of the best picks if you’re shopping for a used luxury compact SUV. The BMW tops the Infiniti with a higher reliability score, more rear-seat and cargo space, and better ride comfort over broken pavement. Additionally, the X3’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets better fuel economy than the EX’s 3.7-liter V6. The BMW is the better buy for most shoppers.

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