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in 2009 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $16,377 - $17,657
Original MSRP: $33,800 - $37,400
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Infiniti EX Interior

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The EX35's cabin is luxurious and high-quality. However, don't expect to find too much space -- many find its second row seats cramped and its cargo capacity disappointing for an SUV.

  • "The interior is cozy with plenty of luxury and style, from the attractive layout of the dash to the tasteful use of optional leather." -- Road and Track
  • "Just as the EX35 looks and drives like a steroidal sport luxury sedan, its 5-place interior also boast a premium level of amenities. The cabin style is 100-percent Infiniti, with clear readouts, high-end materials, and hardly a straight line in sight." -- Motor Week
  • "To properly impress and assist the buyer, a premium vehicle must have some exclusive techno-wizardry and this Infiniti does not disappoint." -- The Family Car
  • "Thanks to its low roofline, the EX35 feels decidedly snug inside compared with competitors like the BMW X3, although the actual interior width is impressive." -- Car and Driver
  • "Infiniti has made a concerted effort to improve its interiors in recent years and the EX is among the best yet. Rich, soft-touch materials abound, and there is a general feeling of quality and sophistication." -- New Car Test Drive

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Seating

While the Infiniti's front seats are comfortable, most find its rear seats cramped and too small for adults.  

  • "If there's anything not to like about the 2008 Infiniti EX35, it's the small rear seat and cargo areas. Compared to rivals like the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Land Rover LR2, it has anywhere from 7 to 9 fewer inches of rear legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Rear-seat legroom, at 28.5 inches, pales to the 37.7 in the RDX, and the meager 16.8 cubic feet of cargo volume (only 3.3 more than that of a G35) is down by a couple of Miata trunks compared with the Acura's 27.8." -- Motor Trend
  • "Room up front is good, but taller drivers will want more head room, especially if the optional sunroof is ordered. The back seat also offers decent room, but things get a bit tight with the front seats all the way back." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The back seat is roomy enough for two, although adult-size shoes must be twisted to clear the narrow door openings." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The EX35 comes loaded with premium standard features, especially in the luxurious Journey trim. Fit and finish are also excellent.

  • "Seeing that luxury is an inherent reason for buying a luxury crossover, the EX Journey (Base versions get standard cloth seats) comes equipped with arguably the richest interior in its segment, certainly when fitted with the optional Luxe Elite Package (as in our tester)..." -- Motor Trend
  • "The center stack juts out to make every control very easy to reach. Its central component is a seven-inch screen that comes standard with or without the optional navigation system. ... The unique layout takes some getting used to, but it works well." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The cabin feels high-tech and has flowing shapes and surfaces. Instrument gauges with white-and-violet illumination are easy to read." -- Forbes
  • "The good feelings continue into the cabin, where the EX sports an attractive, dual-cowl dash design fashioned in high-quality materials and two-tone color schemes. Plus, for 2009, Infiniti has made the old Luxe Elite Package's higher-quality leather upholstery standard across the board. This gives the EX arguably the nicest cabin in Infiniti's garage, including the G37 and the more expensive FX, while still featuring the same solid ergonomics and lengthy high-tech features list found throughout the range." -- Edmunds

Cargo

Cargo capacity is the EX35's biggest weakness. The Infiniti's 18.6 cubic feet of cargo volume just isn't enough for reviewers who expect more out of a compact SUV.

  • "Small items storage is only so-so. The center console is nicely sized and there are two cupholders in front of it, but there are no small cubbies to hold keys, cell phones, and other miscellaneous items." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The cargo volume behind the backseat, at 18.6 cubic feet, is larger than that of the BMW 328 wagon and Volvo V50, but smaller than the SUVs discussed. Also, once you fold the seats flat, all of the SUVs and wagons beat the EX in maximum cargo volume." -- Cars.com
  • "For shoppers who require genuine utility in a small luxury SUV, the EX is unlikely to fit the bill." -- Edmunds
  • "While power-folding rear seats make the most of the cargo hold, the 16.8 cubic feet available (with all seats in use) falls short of a sprawling family's needs. This is an SUV for two camps: those wishing to curb a supersize habit and car folks dipping a toe in crossover waters." -- Automobile Magazine

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