By Cars.com EditorsMay 13, 2009
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Cars.com's Kelsey Mays walks you through the 2008 Infiniti EX35. It competes with the BMW X3 and Acura RDX.
Hi, I'm Kelsey Mays for cars.com and we're here with the 2008 Infiniti EX35 Now the EX is Infinity's new compact SUV and so it competes with luxury compact SUVs like the BMW X3 and the Acura RDX.
The styling looks a lot like Infinity's G35 Sedan with these L-shaped headlights, the familiar grill with the chrome crossbars and an overall wedge profile. Now pop the hatch and there's plenty of cargo room down low the rear seats split fold in a 60/40 split and they come down to increase room. In this up-level model they're actually power folding rear seats. You just press a button on each side and down they go. They also come up when you press this button, which is a nice feature, but you have to hold down the button in order to get them to come all the way back up. You just kind of start to press it and then let go seats fall back down. And the interior is pretty high quality. You've got soft touch surfaces. There's kind of an upholstered pattern over the instrument panel. And you've got some storage options too. The glove box is pretty decent size. Although the center console isn't quite as big as it could be. You also have some stuff that you don't typically find in this segment, like an optional power0operated steering column and power seats, which are standard. The leather seats have a nice contrast in pattern between the inside and the outside and the head rest are just huge and they're pretty comfortable. The navigation system improves on what we've seen from infinity in the past. It's got a touch screen as well as a knob that you can use to navigate if you need to. There's also a lot of shortcut buttons here, including zoom in and zoom out keys, which is nice to have, because a lot of times on these sorts of systems, you'll have to press something somewhere on the map to a zoom in or zoom out. And the backseat is pretty roomy. I've got enough head room and leg room is all right. I'm about six feet tall and that's where I would sit to drive. The backseat does not come forward or backward or recline actually, but as is, it's a pretty comfortable position. One other interesting feature that Infinity's put in here is a coat hanger. It's not just your typical clip that you can hang another hanger on, but you can actually put your entire coat over here. Gas mileage isn't quite as good as the competition and you have to pay extra for some things like leather seats and all wheel drive. But overall, the EX35 is a pretty fun to drive car and it should prove some good competition for the X3 and the RDX. <v Narrator>For additional information on this car or any other go to cars.com and our blog KickingTires.