LOS ANGELES – Infiniti announced pricing on the all-new 2008 EX35 personal luxury crossover SUV today at the 2007 Los Angeles International Auto Show. The Infiniti EX35, which goes on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide on December 21, 2007, offers an exceptional combination of seductive design, elegant interior and advanced technology systems – including the debut of the available Around View Monitor (AVM) system, which utilizes four small cameras to give the driver a “top-down view” of the outside of the vehicle while parking.
by Tamir Orbach
Pros and Cons
- Even better acceleration than the ’07 G35
- Handles and feels like a true sports car and easily up to par with competing BMW sports coupes and sedans
- Very comfortable sports seats
- Intuitive controls
- Lots of standard features and great options
- Killer sound system
- Fit and finish much improved over ’07 coupe, but not yet up to par with BMW (very close though) and definitely not up to par with Audi (whose interiors I consider to be the best in the business)
- Rear seat is useful only for sado-masochistic adults, small children, or Dobby the house elf, with difficult ingress and egress from rear seat
- Trunk size is fairly small even for a sports coupe
- Auto box needs a 6th gear for highway driving
by Twain Mein
This review is for the Infiniti M35. There are three versions of the M35; “base”, M35x—all wheel drive, and M35 Sport—with sport suspension and rear wheel steering. This review is for the base model—though heavily optioned. Sticker is $41,000, but ours was loaded and came to nearly $50,000. It’s a sport/luxury sedan that competes against the Lexus GS, Audi A6, and in between the BMW 5- series. With less than 300 horsepower and somewhat non-descript styling, I wasn’t sure how well it would fare.
- Wow. Upon closer inspection, it actually looks pretty damn good. The styling is subtle but really elegant. Grows on you. Probably disappears to cops which means fewer tickets
- Interior. Gorgeous leather. Seats that are very comfy yet well bolstered for spirited driving
- All the electronics gadgets you could ever want. Most importantly, integrated blue tooth so you can talk hands free. This will become law next year in California.
- Perhaps too many electronic gizmos…
- Rear seat doesn’t fold down
- V-6 weight and fuel economy with V-8 power
- Dizzying list of whiz-bang features
- Easy to use navigation system
- Light and nimble handling
- FINALLY someone has figured out seat coolers!
- Fit and finish like a German luxury sedan
- Mind-boggling list of whiz-bang features
- Irritating Nanny Nissan Lane Deviation Warning system
- Rand McNally works better than the navigation system
- Transmission doesn’t compliment the smoothness of the engine
For those non-pretentious types looking to save thousands, the Infiniti delivers everything a German luxo ride does. Well, almost everything.
Kevin and I test drove the new Infiniti G35 and had way too much fun putting the G35 through its paces. Read about the redesigned Infiniti G35 HERE.
For those who require visual stimulation, there are interior/exterior pictures of the G35 in the photo gallery.