2011 Infiniti EX35 Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick

Infiniti EX35 crashThe 2011 Infiniti EX35 was named a Top Safety Pick in the midsize luxury SUV category from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today. The 2011 Acura RDX was also tested, but it did not receive the top honor.

The EX35 has won the award in previous years, when the title was given to vehicles earning the agency’s top rating of Good in front, side and rear crash tests, and had electronic stability control. This was before IIHS added its roof-strength test, which made it harder for new cars to be named Top Safety Picks. To pass the test, a vehicle’s roof must be able to withstand the force of four times the vehicle’s weight.

The EX35 was able to withstand exactly four times its weight. The RDX, previously a Top Safety Pick, did not earn the designation because it scored a Marginal rating in the roof-strength test. The luxury crossover could withstand only 2.9 times its own weight.

Neither car has been fully crash-tested using the updated evaluations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

By Colin Bird | June 28, 2011 | Comments (2)

2012 Infiniti Lineup: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 Infiniti M37The big change for Infiniti’s 2012 lineup is a new hybrid variant of the M sedan and a minor refresh for the FX crossover. The Infiniti M35h went on sale in March, and the FX goes on sale in the October.

You can learn more about the Infiniti M35h here:

The 2012 FX receives a revised front grille and front end design, a new instrument cluster and standard heated front seats on all models. There’s also a new Limited Edition trim for the FX35 AWD, which includes 21-inch wheels, navigation and an exclusive Iridium Blue exterior color option, among other trim changes.

The rest of Infiniti’s lineup received updated packaging for 2012.

By Colin Bird | June 28, 2011 | Comments (1)

2011 Infiniti EX Priced at $34,150

2011 Infiniti EX
As Infiniti prepares delivery of its 2011 EX35 to dealerships by the end of the month, we now know the model will start at $34,150, which is a $350 price increase from last year. The Journey trim starts at $36,350, which also is $350 more than the 2010 model year.

The 2011 Infiniti EX gets a standard seven-speed automatic transmission, which replaces the 2010’s five-speed, and a new set of 18-inch wheels (last year’s were 17-inchers). Dual-zone automatic climate control is now standard. The model also has an available blind spot warning system that’s been added to the Technology Package. A new Premium Package combines last year’s Navigation, Bose and Around View Monitor packages.

For more detailed pricing information, continue reading below.

By Colin Bird | October 19, 2010 | Comments (1)

Ch-Ch-Changes: 2011 Infiniti Lineup

Infiniti is making slight changes to its entire 2011 model year lineup, in addition to redesigned models like the M sedan and QX56 SUV

The G series will receive two new “product extensions” to be announced Aug. 13-14, the company says. These could be new body styles or performance variants. We’ll keep you posted when we get more information on that later this summer.

Read below for more information regarding the 2011 updates to the rest of the Infiniti range:

By Colin Bird | July 15, 2010 | Comments (6)

Infiniti Offers 0% Financing Deals Through June

Infiniti is offering financing deals through the end of June on both 2010 and 2011 models.

The 2010 G37 sedan, G37 coupe, G37 convertible and EX35 all have zero-percent financing deals for 36 months, while the FX35, FX50 and QX56 all have 0.9% financing offers for 60 months.

As far as 2011 models, the redesigned M37 and M56 both have 2.9% APR financing for up to 60 months.

If you’re an Infiniti owner already, check with your local dealer for Owner Loyalty Cash offers. Infiniti has these financing deals set to run through June 30.

By Stephen Markley | June 9, 2010 | Comments (17)

Cars.com Reviews the 2009 Infiniti EX35

The first thing Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays wants to point out about the 2009 Infiniti EX35 is it makes for a fun drive. Crossovers have an advantage because they blend a superior driving experience with the utility of a standard SUV, right? This is where Mays says, “Hold on.” It may be that the EX35 sacrifices too much to achieve that pleasant drive. Read his full review to find out where he stands in this debate and how the EX35 may or may not fit your lifestyle.

2009 Infiniti EX35 Review


By Stephen Markley | October 16, 2009 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Podcast: Two Hatches, One Podcast

This week, Cars.com editors Mike Hanley, Kelsey Mays and Joe Wiesenfelder examine two cars with a rear hatch that haven’t taken the auto world by storm. Find out why the new 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback and the 2009 Infiniti EX35 haven’t warmed the hearts of our staff.

You can download the podcast via iTunes here or listen to it in your browser here.



By David Thomas | October 12, 2009 | Comments (1)

Yes, There is a Use for Infiniti's Around View Monitor

When it first debuted I thought Infiniti’s Around View Monitor was a good idea, especially for my tight parking space off of a Chicago alley. However, for the typical suburbanite with a garage I figured it would be a bit useless. I recently moved to the suburbs — two-car garage and everything — and now I have a really narrow driveway. It is so narrow that the wife and I have driven off it on occasion. Now I know that the Around View Monitor has its place in the burbs, too.

Our driveway navigation skills are improving, but driving the 2009 Infiniti EX35 for a night reminded me just how good the Around View Monitor can be. The mix of overhead and front camera angles with the proximity alert got me to and from my garage without even looking up from the LCD screen.

On the 2010 model, the monitor is part of the $2,150 option package, which is not a small amount of money. But at least it’s part of a more popular package than the $2,250 Technology Package. which includes a lane departure warning, forward collision warning systems and other safety features many drivers may not want.


By David Thomas | October 7, 2009 | Comments (1)

2010 Infiniti EX35 Prices Unchanged, More Content


Infiniti’s model year continues to roll over for 2010 with the new EX35 on sale today. Prices remain unchanged from the 2009 model — starting at $33,800 — but there are some additions to standard and optional content. While we find the EX’s interior to be a bit cramped, it’s an upscale, capable vehicle that’s always seemed like a bargain in the segment. However, the EX35 hasn’t proven a big seller for Infiniti.

Standard equipment on all EX35 models now includes heated side mirrors, automatic headlights and an iPod/USB port.

Changes to option packages include the addition of Bluetooth streaming audio, XM NavWeather and a Zagat guide to the Navigation Package.

Trim level pricing is below, however, option package prices are not available at this time. If you’re interested in getting a 2009, Nissan is offering 0% financing for 36 months or 2.9% financing for 72 months; both offers run through Sept 30. 
By David Thomas | September 22, 2009 | Comments (2)

2009 Infiniti EX35 Gets More Equipment, Higher Price

Ex35 Infiniti has decided to up the standard equipment level in its EX35 crossover to include leather seats, roof rails and a rearview monitor. That also bumps the starting price to $33,800 from $31,900. The base model is still rear-wheel drive, and all EX35s feature the same 297-hp V-6 engine. The 2009s go on sale starting today.

All-wheel-drive models now start at $35,200, and better-equipped Journey models start at $36,000. The Journey trim adds a standard six-disc CD changer, a power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and dual-zone climate control. There are a number of option packages that are also more condensed. We list them below.

The EX hasn't set the world on fire in terms of sales. Through April, sales are down 22.7% compared to the same time last year, and they’re down 43.3% in April alone. In Infiniti’s lineup, it only does better in terms of sales than the M sedan and QX56 SUV.

Check out our review of the 2008 EX35 here

By David Thomas | May 29, 2009 | Comments (1)

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