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Infiniti EX35, Wagon, SUV
#478 of 487 EX35AWD- Previous owner of 08 Rav4 AWD V6 SPORT
Apr 23, 2009 (6:24 pm)
I traded in my 5 months old 08 RAV4 V6 4WD sport to a brand new EX35 Journey AWD. When it comes to fuel mileage the difference is probably around 2 miles per gallon. The RAV4 tranny is very picky and sometimes you needed an abrupt passing power and the tranny is very slow to react or downshift.
The reason why the RAV4 V6 has a better fuel mileage is bec. you`ll find the tachometer at around 1.5k rpm on the 5th gear all the time- even at 35mph speed. That means the engines 269HP is matched to a fuel economy tranny- this tends the tranny to shift early to the overdrive gears. I think I was averaging 20 or 21 miles per gallon on the awd RAV4 mixed driving. Whereas, the EX35 is about 19MPG average (mixed).
The Rav4 is an econobox suv. I hate the thin sound proofing specially the firewall and the fender area. You could hear every bit of stone hitting the underside fender and the engine`s mechanical noise (valves etc...) The sports trim is a bit stiff bec. of the sport shocks and 18" rims. The best thing about the V6 Rav4 is the power off the line. It is about 300 IBS lighter than my EX35. So, my butt dyno off the line seems like the RAVY V6 is quicker or has more torque.
Rav4 advantage: Lighter, roomier, uses regular gas
Now comes the EX35 AWD. EX35 jOURNEY is a lot better than the RAV4. The topend is superb for a crossover car! It is very quiet even flooring the gas. If you like to drive fast and won`t attract attention when flooring it then the EX35 is your best fit bec. the exhaust note is toned down compare to the G35 that I drove as a loaner.
Passing power with less effort is A+! This is the car that has the smoothest power delivery system. You won`t feel that neck breaking torque most G35/G37 cars have. The EX35 is so smooth that you feel like it doesn`t have that dyno butt torque I normally felt on the RAV4 V6. If you like to feel the torque, you need to get the G37 or maybe the REAR WHEEL Drive version of the EX35. (0-60 in 5.5-5.8 sec) AWD (6.5 sec 0-60)
You also have an option to use the manual mode/DS or a full automatic gearing. The sound proofing is night and day compare to the RAV4. The EX35 has the best AWD system that can switch to 100% rear wheel drive power in some situation.
Minor problem with the EX35 is the huge sideview mirror combined with the A-PILLAR that causes minor blindspot.
The view in the rear is ok. (Removing the rear headrest will give you more view of the rear. My only complaint is that the rear legroom is really small. I`m only 5"7 and I bet no adult would sit comfortably behind me. If I have to choose all over again, I would probably get the new G37 sedan bec. of the performance advantage. But, if this is for your wife, EX35 is the best car to give!
#479 of 487 Re: Ex35AWD in snow [redrose1]
Apr 23, 2009 (6:31 pm)
Yes, you have enough room for 4 to 5 luggages when the rear seat is folded. Maybe 10 luggages if you stack them up on their sides. LOL!
#480 of 487 Information on 2011 Released
Oct 20, 2010 (10:18 am)
Autoblog is carrying a list of features for the 2011 EX.
Eighteen inch wheels will be standard with 19" an option.
Color choices have a few new additions and the trans is now 7-speed.
I am not certain how long the story and pictures are available to see.
#481 of 487 bikes, room
Mar 26, 2011 (7:40 am)
Has anyone tried to place 2 bicycles on their sides in the back of an EX with the rear seats down? If so, will they fit without removing the tires?
Several posters in the past mentioned that Infiniti will try to increase the rear legroom in the future. Has that occurred?
I have an 04 G 35 and and 07 G 35. I would like a crossover or a sport wagon which is smaller than the FX but will allow me to place to bicycles inside laying on their sides. Also considering a BMW 328 xi sport wagon but that may not allow for the placing of the bikes either. The Pathfinder or Armada are options for the bike placements and they have more usable space than the FX but the styles seem a bit dated.
#482 of 487 Re: bikes, room 
Mar 26, 2011 (9:38 am)
You'd like something smaller than the FX but are considering the armada and pathfinder? Consider me confused.
#483 of 487 Re: bikes, room [qbrozen]
Mar 26, 2011 (11:22 am)
My preference is for something relatively small that will hold 2 bikes in the back with the rear seats down.
#1 priority is the ability to carry bikes in the smallest suv possible. If a small suv will not fill the bill, then I'll consider going big.
The FX is a great vehicle but it feels big without the utility and storage.
#484 of 487 Re: Visibility out of rear window [pharmboy3]
Sep 16, 2011 (7:33 pm)
Test drove 2011 EX35 and strongly agree that rear view mirror view is not good with rear headrests even in lowest position. View much better with rear seats folded down or rear headrests taken out, but this is not possible with passengers in the back seat.
#485 of 487 EX35 2010/Blind Spots
Sep 17, 2011 (8:35 am)
There is a very dangerous design flaw with this year Infiniti Ex35 automobile.
Side mirrors are hindering peripheral vision resulting in very large blind spots. I have almost hit pedestrians and cars within intersections.
They have not recalled the car but made new models addressing this issue.
I believe that I could have a serious accident driving this car and want others to know what I am experiencing.
I have found numerous complaints online from other people experiencing the same problem.
#486 of 487 Re: EX35 2010/Blind Spots [cgoddess]
Sep 17, 2011 (6:10 pm)
Are you saying that this issue will be addressed in the soon to be released 2012 models?
#487 of 487 Seat height from roadway
Sep 22, 2013 (3:10 pm)
My short 85 year old mother had a wreck yesterday and we are car shopping. I am interested in a cross over type vehicle that is low enought that she won't have to climb up to get in but is higher that a regular sedan so she doesn't have to pull her self up to get out of the seat. What is the height of the driver's seat from the roadway in the 2013/2014 EX?