2012 Infiniti EX35
Lots of new high-tech gear; sleek styling inside and out; competitive price
Infiniti keeps it simple by offering a choice of just a base EX35 and EX35 Journey. Both models come as 2-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available for either. The engine is a 3.5L V6 that makes a healthy 297 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque connected to a new standard 7-speed automatic.
Safety equipment includes seatbelt pretensioners, the Infiniti Advanced Airbag System, roof-mounted airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, traction control and vehicle dynamic control. The Journey has optional intelligent brake assist, which works together with the optional forward collision warning system to minimize impact when its front bumper is about to hit another car or stationary object.
The base model comes with automatic temperature control, lots of power accessories, leather seating, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 8-way driver and 4-way passenger power-adjustable seats. RearView Monitor and the Infiniti Controller 7-inch screen, which displays audio settings, fuel economy and more are also standard. The Journey trim adds a moonroof, dual-zone climate controls, power-tilt steering column and maple interior accents.
The Journey has a few options not available for the base model. The standard 6-speaker stereo system can be upgraded to an 11-speaker Bose system and either a 2 GB or 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive can be added. Streaming audio via Bluetooth is also available the Journey trim, as is a navigation system with Zagat restaurant guide. The Around View Monitor with front and rear sonar is another Journey trim exclusive. Its four exterior cameras show a full 360-degree view of the exterior on an in-dash screen. The images can be viewed as one, or as separate pictures from each camera.
The 2012 EX is virtually the same as last year's model.
The EX35 has a slew of standard luxury features even on the base model; upgrading to the Journey trim level with all-wheel drive only costs about five thousand dollars more than the base price. The V6 engine is quite capable for most on-road SUV needs and the list of standard safety measures is extensive. Additionally, it features an impressive rating of 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway for the 2-wheel drive EX35.
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