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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 Performance

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The EX35 is sporty enough for enthusiasts and comfortable enough for everyday drivers. The automotive press says its V6 power is excellent. Plus, its fuel economy is above average for the class.

  • "Infiniti EX35 is a treat to drive, even if you're not a fan of sport-utility vehicles. That's because the EX is really more of a car than anything else. The balance between ride quality and handling is close to ideal." -- Edmunds
  • " The EX is a marvel to guide down a curvy road, delivering the most driver-focused experience of the group." -- Truck Trend.
  • "Fortunately, despite its deficiencies, the EX doesn't suffer from a lack of performance, which, if you rarely tote around kids, friends, or gobs of gear, will more than make up for any inadequacies." -- Motor Trend
  • "Acceleration is brisk, the steering is sharp and the brakes are strong. The EX35 remains composed on the rough back roads, and hangs on tenaciously around curves, with almost none of the body roll that is common to regular SUVs." -- The Family Car

Acceleration and Power

The Infiniti EX35 comes with a sporty 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 297 horsepower, making it the most powerful in its class. Reviewers love its quick acceleration. Only the slightly less expensive Volvo XC60's 281 horsepower comes close, and its fuel economy is slightly worse.

Gas mileage for the EX is a little above average for its segment. The EPA rates both the rear and all-wheel drive models at at 17/24 mpg. Though they offer slightly less power, both the Acura RDX and Audi Q5 both offer better fuel economy. The RDX even costs about $1,000 less than the EX.

For 2011, the EX gets a new seven-speed transmission. Most reviewers haven’t had a chance to test the new setup. However, even with the old five-speed, reviewers say power delivery is smooth.

  • "The V6 pulls hard from almost any speed, and the brakes are strong and easy to modulate.” -- Edmunds
  • "This premium-compact SUV is strong from a stop and executes passing maneuvers with ease. An AWD model did 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds, but feels even stronger."-- Consumer Guide
  • "The 3.5-liter V-6 runs hard to its 6800-rpm redline, staying smooth all the while." -- BusinessWeek
  • "Drivers will be pleased by the EX35's ready power. It is fast from a stop and offers no-worries passing response at highway speeds." -- New Car Test Drive

Handling and Braking

The 2011 Infiniti EX has rear-wheel drive standard. With that setup, nearly every test driver praises the Infiniti's sporty and responsive driving dynamics. It’s also available with all-wheel drive, which adds about $1,400 onto the base price and probably only makes sense for drivers who live in especially snowy or rainy climates.

  • "EX corners well and exhibits only slightly more body lean than G37 [sedan]. A relatively tight turning radius aids in low-speed maneuvering. … The brakes are smooth and strong."-- Consumer Guide
  • "Indeed, we think the EX35 may have the best ride/handling balance of any current Infiniti product, providing ample cornering capability without beating up occupants over bumps.” -- Edmunds
  • "The EX is more fun to drive than most SUVs/CUVs, with light, precise steering." -- Truck Trend
  • "The ride quality is luxurious and comfortable without being mushy, and the handling attributes are more on the order of a sports sedan than those of a crossover SUV." -- San Francisco Chronicle

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