February 15, 2013
2013 Infiniti EX37. Click image to enlarge
Review and photos by Peter Bleakney
2013 Infiniti EX37
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It’s not very often a luxury mid-size crossover beckons irresistibly from my driveway with the promise of a little snowy fun. But that’s exactly what the 2013 Infiniti EX37 did, and I fell for it every chance I got.
Infiniti’s curvaceous crossover has all the things to get your emotional right brain hopping – a vocal V6 with right-now throttle response, an intimate and artful interior and a sharp all-wheel-drive chassis featuring a most entertaining rear-drive bias.
Conversely, its form-over-function styling translates to cramped rear quarters and woeful cargo capacity. This will have your left brain harrumphing dismissively.
Indeed, the EX37 is not for everybody, and its as-tested price of $53,700 pushes it further into a pricey niche.
The EX, now into its sixth year, goes from EX35 to EX37 for 2013 with the addition of a 3.7L VQ-series DOHC V6, replacing the 3.5L unit. Power jumps from 297 hp to 325 hp, and torque increases by 14 lb-ft to 267. The engine is hooked to essentially the same seven-speed auto and AWD is standard. Pricing starts at $39,900, which pits it against the identically stickered BMW X1 xDrive35i with its lovely 300-hp, 300 lb-ft turbocharged 3.0L straight-six. The larger X3 xDrive35i only starts at $47,400, and the lower-powered xDrive28i at $42,450.
I’m a fan of the current Infiniti G37 sedan on which this EX37 is based. Over the years, Infiniti has been so intent on decoding the BMW 3 Series with the G sedan, they’ve created their own brand of performance sedan that, while old news in the current climate of fresh offerings, sure doesn’t feel like old news when behind the wheel. Actually, it does, if you count great feeling hydraulic steering (all but extinct) and the big capacity naturally aspirated V6 (somewhat endangered) as old news.