2009 Infiniti EX35
The Infiniti EX35 was all-new for 2008 as a showcase for high tech gear and comes into 2009 largely unchanged. The Around View Monitor, a feature that made its debut in the EX35, uses four cameras to provide a top-down view of the car’s surroundings (i.e. front, back, and both sides) when parking. Lane Departure Prevention goes one step beyond now-common lane departure warning systems by not only sensing lane drift but selectively applying the brakes through the car’s Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) to keep the car on track.
Scratch Shield, a clearcoat finish that is supposed to be self-healing if scratched (no, I didn’t test this) is worthy of note.
More technogoodies are to be found inside the cabin, including a hard-disk based satellite navigation system with a 7” display (with real-time traffic information), Bluetooth hands-free communications, and a Bose sound system with excellent iPod connectivity and 9.3 GB of music storage.
My only complaints are the too many buttons in the center stack (including knobs, I counted 42) and the positioning of the cockpit controller in front of the screen (this makes it awkward to use when driving).
The car felt more like a large station wagon than an SUV (it’s based on the G35 sedan) and the engine delivers 253 ft-lb of torque making it a very fast station wagon.
|2009 Infiniti EX35|
|Drivetrain||Front engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Transmission||5-speed Automatic with manual shift mode|
|Curb weight (lbs)||3,790|
|Length x width x height (inches)||182.3 x 64.6 x 62.6|
|0-60 mph (seconds)||6.3|
|EPA city/highway fuel economy (mpg)||17/24|
–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.