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in 2011 Luxury Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $23,025 - $24,299
Original MSRP: $35,200 - $38,800
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2011 Infiniti EX Interior

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

  • "The EX35 has one of the warmest and most inviting interiors in its class.” -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "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

Seating

The 2011 EX can seat five in two rows. While the Infiniti's leather-appointed front seats are comfortable, most find its rear seats cramped and too small for adults -- even when relatively short or average-size people are sitting in the front seats. On the plus side, the rear doors open a full 80 degrees for easier rear-seat entry and exit. Still, many of the EX35's competitors, including the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, offer more spacious rear seats.

  • "Rear-seat legroom, at 28.5 inches, pales to the 37.7 in the RDX." -- 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
  • "Headroom [in the rear] is ample, but legroom is tight even if the seats are not set far back. Bolstered seats are supportive and comfortable." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The front seats are supportive and the driving position is excellent -- more so with the Journey's power tilt-telescoping steering wheel. The rear seat is less impressive, as its limited legroom can be a pain on long trips.” -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The EX35 has a superb fit and finish and comes loaded with premium standard features, especially in the luxurious Journey trim. The base trim comes with leather-appointed seating, automatic temperature control, XM satellite radio, a USB port and iPod interface, and a RearView Monitor. Reviewers report that the interior features are easy to use and work well.

There are few options available for the base model, so consider shelling out the extra $2,800 for the Journey trim if you like frills. Options include a hard drive navigation system, a 9.3-gigabyte Music Box hard drive and a Bose premium audio system. A downside is that a rear entertainment system isn't available on any trim. Though this is surprising considering the EX's luxury status, it's also a testament to the fact that the EX isn't meant to be a family SUV.

  • "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.  … The navigation system itself is refreshingly easy to use, and many audio and climate functions are separate from it."-- Consumer Guide
  • "The controls for the climate, stereo and optional navigation system are some of the most intuitive in the business, as is the case with the standard iPod interface." -- Edmunds
  • "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

Cargo

Cargo capacity is the EX35's greatest weakness. Its 18.6 cubic feet of cargo volume (with all seats in use) just isn't enough for reviewers who expect more out of a compact SUV. By contrast, the Volvo XC60 provides 30 cubic feet of space with all seats in use. Plus, it starts at over $1,000 less than the EX. The BMX X3 costs about $6,000 more than the EX, but provides even more space – a maximum of 71 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

  • "EX35's cabin features large glovebox and deep center console, but has shallow door pockets."-- Consumer Guide
  • "Also, once you fold the seats flat, all of the SUVs and wagons beat the EX in maximum cargo volume." -- Cars.com
  • “The rear seat is a bit cramped, and while the folding rear seatbacks (power-folding with the Premium package) and hatchback body style facilitate cargo-hauling, the EX35 still can't hold a candle to larger, more traditional crossovers in these areas." -- Edmunds
  • "[T]he meager...cargo volume (only 3.3 more than that of a G35) is down by a couple of Miata trunks compared with the Acura's [RDX’s] 27.8." -- Motor Trend

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