2013 Infiniti EX Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Infiniti EX was new.


Interior: 7.8

According to the automotive press, the 2013 Infiniti EX's cabin is classy, luxurious and made with high-quality materials, but reviewers dislike that it has little interior space. On the bright side, test drivers appreciate that the stereo, navigation and climate systems are easy to use.

  • "Since the EX37 is Infiniti's entry-level SUV offering, one might assume the interior quality would reflect its moderate price point. The moment you step inside the cabin, however, it becomes abundantly clear that the 2013 Infiniti EX is anything but entry-level." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cabin is intimate, which is to say small: sports-car small in front and locked-in-a-steamer-chest small in the rear. Rear-seat legroom is well nigh vestigial." -- Los Angeles Times (2008)
  • "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(2012)


The 2013 Infiniti EX comes standard with power-adjustable front seats. Leather-appointed seats are standard, and heated front seats are optional. Though it seats five, reviewers find that the EX’s cabin is particularly cramped for the class. They say the rear seats are especially tight, with limited legroom for adults. Auto critics report that front-seat space is better, but taller drivers may need more head- and legroom. Reviewers add that rear visibility suffers due to the EX’s small rear window and rear-seat headrests.

  • "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 (2012)
  • "The EX35's greatest interior shortcoming is the size of its backseat, which is especially frustrating, because the lack of space seems unnecessary. Take a look at the front and backseat legroom versus the competition, and the EX seems unbalanced." -- Cars.com (2008)

Interior Features

The 2013 EX comes with a six-speaker stereo, a USB port, push-button start, satellite radio and a rearview camera. Optional features include Bluetooth, a navigation system and an 11-speaker Bose stereo. Other available features include an Around View monitor, which includes front, side and rear cameras that help make parking easier, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, intelligent brake assist and lane departure warning.

Test drivers are very impressed with how easy it is to use the EX’s interior controls. They say that the navigation system is simple to operate, and test drivers also like that the climate and stereo controls are straightforward. These compliments are rare for luxury compact SUVs, which are often panned for their complicated interior technology.

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  • "The navigation system itself is refreshingly easy to use, and many audio and climate functions are separate from it." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "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 (2011)


The 2013 EX has 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. Test drivers are disappointed with the EX’s cargo area because it’s small for the class. Competitors like the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 have more cargo room. However, one reviewer is impressed with the EX’s interior storage, saying the center console and glovebox are large.

  • "EX's cabin features large glovebox and deep center console, but has shallow door pockets." --Consumer Guide (2012)
  • "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 (2011)
  • "… the cargo area offers little to get excited about." -- Cars.com (2008)

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