Base 4dr All-wheel Drive
2008 Infiniti EX35

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Engine Engine 3.5LV-6
MPG MPG 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2008 EX35 Overview

Click above for high-res gallery of the Infiniti EX35 Infiniti first showed the world its new EX35 as a concept at last year's New York Auto Show and then put it on sale in fall essentially unchanged. Although the Acura RDX has been described as a sports car in CUV clothes, it's based on a fundamentally front-wheel-drive architecture. If Honda had instead taken the S2000 roadster, stretched it and jacked it up a bit, they would have come up with something more akin to the EX35. In fact, that's almost exactly what Nissan did. The EX35 is based on the platform of the G35 sedan/G37 coupe and, of course, the fun loving 350Z. If you want a crossover with sports car genes, it would be hard to find something more suitable. Of course, wearing a badge from the Infiniti side of the family tree means getting a handsomely tailored suit and all the latest high-tech gizmos to go along with the go-fast hardware. It also means a few sacrifices to ultimate utility, but we'll get to that after the jump. %Gallery-16516% Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. One look at the EX35 and it's obvious that it shares the current Infiniti family DNA. From the gently curving contours over the wheel arches to the shape of the greenhouse, the look is that of a highly paid athlete coming out of the locker room after the game in a Saville Row suit. However, the sports car genes are most immediately apparent in the profile. Most crossovers today are derived from front-wheel-drive platforms with transverse-mounted powertrains, and that's reflected in their relatively short hoods. Even the north-south inline six-powered BMW X3 and X5 share these proportions providing a somewhat more utilitarian look. Not so this Infiniti. The passenger compartment has been pushed well back giving the classic long hood sports car proportions, even with its taller-than-Z-car stance. It's an interesting look for this type of vehicle. Even compared to its big brother the FX, the proportions are amplified with a seemingly longer distance between the trailing edge of the wheel well and the leading edge of the door. Pushing the wheels forward allowing for a front mid-engine layout helps the rear-drive EX achieve a weight distribution of 52/48, the same as the RDX. The all-wheel-drive version shifts that to 55/45. The sporting proportions, however, unfortunately sacrifice rear cabin space. Even though the Infiniti is two inches longer with an extra six inches of wheel base, it has nine inches less rear leg room than the Acura RDX. The back seat is definitely on the tight side. The Acura also has a 12 cubic foot advantage in cargo space behind the second row. Even in the front row, the EX has a decidedly snug cockpit-like layout. There's not a lot of stretch out room here. Where the Infiniti interior shines is the quality of the materials. The EX35 has the look and feel of a luxury car with its "wheat" …
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2008 EX35 Overview

Click above for high-res gallery of the Infiniti EX35 Infiniti first showed the world its new EX35 as a concept at last year's New York Auto Show and then put it on sale in fall essentially unchanged. Although the Acura RDX has been described as a sports car in CUV clothes, it's based on a fundamentally front-wheel-drive architecture. If Honda had instead taken the S2000 roadster, stretched it and jacked it up a bit, they would have come up with something more akin to the EX35. In fact, that's almost exactly what Nissan did. The EX35 is based on the platform of the G35 sedan/G37 coupe and, of course, the fun loving 350Z. If you want a crossover with sports car genes, it would be hard to find something more suitable. Of course, wearing a badge from the Infiniti side of the family tree means getting a handsomely tailored suit and all the latest high-tech gizmos to go along with the go-fast hardware. It also means a few sacrifices to ultimate utility, but we'll get to that after the jump. %Gallery-16516% Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. One look at the EX35 and it's obvious that it shares the current Infiniti family DNA. From the gently curving contours over the wheel arches to the shape of the greenhouse, the look is that of a highly paid athlete coming out of the locker room after the game in a Saville Row suit. However, the sports car genes are most immediately apparent in the profile. Most crossovers today are derived from front-wheel-drive platforms with transverse-mounted powertrains, and that's reflected in their relatively short hoods. Even the north-south inline six-powered BMW X3 and X5 share these proportions providing a somewhat more utilitarian look. Not so this Infiniti. The passenger compartment has been pushed well back giving the classic long hood sports car proportions, even with its taller-than-Z-car stance. It's an interesting look for this type of vehicle. Even compared to its big brother the FX, the proportions are amplified with a seemingly longer distance between the trailing edge of the wheel well and the leading edge of the door. Pushing the wheels forward allowing for a front mid-engine layout helps the rear-drive EX achieve a weight distribution of 52/48, the same as the RDX. The all-wheel-drive version shifts that to 55/45. The sporting proportions, however, unfortunately sacrifice rear cabin space. Even though the Infiniti is two inches longer with an extra six inches of wheel base, it has nine inches less rear leg room than the Acura RDX. The back seat is definitely on the tight side. The Acura also has a 12 cubic foot advantage in cargo space behind the second row. Even in the front row, the EX has a decidedly snug cockpit-like layout. There's not a lot of stretch out room here. Where the Infiniti interior shines is the quality of the materials. The EX35 has the look and feel of a luxury car with its "wheat" …Hide Full Review