2013 Infiniti EX Review
With limited cargo and passenger space, test drivers say the 2013 Infiniti EX isn’t practical, but they like its sporty performance, comfortable ride and classy interior.
Among luxury compact SUVs, the EX distinguishes itself with the highest reliability score in its class, as well as one of the best performance ratings. All Infiniti EX models have a standard 3.7-liter, V6 engine that produces 325 horsepower and a seven-speed automatic transmission. This engine is new for the 2013 model year, and few critics have evaluated it. Although, one test driver says it has outstanding acceleration. The automatic transmission is the same one that was offered on the previous model, and reviewers appreciate how smooth it is, though one thinks it’s slow to downshift. With standard rear-wheel drive, the EX averages an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. All-wheel drive is optional, and with this feature, the EX gets 17/24 mpg. The automotive press likes that the EX’s performance mimics the smooth, composed ride of a luxury sedan. Reviewers also like the EX’s strong brakes.
The 2013 EX impresses test drivers with its strong build quality and technology features that are easy to use. Its standard interior features are good for the class and include a USB port, rearview camera and power front seats. A navigation system and a Bose stereo are optional, and there are a lot of available safety features. An Around View camera, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and intelligent brake assist are some of the optional safety features the EX offers. Reviewers say the 2013 Infiniti EX falters in one area: interior space. They are disappointed that the front seats are cramped for tall adults and that rear visibility is poor. Though compact SUVs are known for tight second-row seats, test drivers report that the EX’s lacks legroom, even for shorter adults. Cargo space is also limited in the EX.
- "The EX's powerful V6 and advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) allow for year-round driving confidence, but it's the EX's stunning use of interior color, materials and shapes that really sets this little luxury SUV above all others." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The … Infiniti EX is one of the best vehicles to drive in the growing segment of compact luxury crossovers, and the price is right, too. Just don't expect it to haul people and stuff like its roomier rivals." -- Edmunds (2012)
Other Luxury SUVs to Consider
If you need a more spacious luxury SUV, consider the Volvo XC60. Reviewers say both the front and rear seats are comfortable. There’s also a lot more cargo room than what the EX offers. The XC60 also has a standard six-cylinder engine, but it’s weaker than the EX’s. Reviewers warn that there’s no escaping the XC60’s body roll, understeer and bumpy ride, which are driving characteristics the EX doesn’t have.
In terms of size, the BMW X1 is one of the smallest SUVs in the class. It seats five, and reviewers think it comfortably seats four adults, which is good for a small SUV. According to reviewers, both its turbocharged four-cylinder engine and optional V6 have good power, though neither engine is as strong as the EX’s. Test drivers are also are impressed with the X1’s agility and responsive brakes.
Details: 2013 Infiniti EX
The 2013 Infiniti EX comes in base and Journey trims. Both trims have standard rear-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive. All models also have a 3.7-liter, V6 engine, which is new for the 2013 model year, and a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Infiniti EX’s suspension, chassis and interior haven’t changed much since the 2008 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2008 to 2013.