By James Bergeron

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2008 Infiniti EX35

Day 1:

2008 Infiniti EX35
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Can you believe this is the first Infiniti vehicle I have reviewed? I still amazes that I can get a new vehicle nearly every week and yet I have still not sampled something from every manufacturer. This week, my ride is the new 2008 Infiniti EX35, a small crossover with luxury and sporting intentions.

Like most Nissan and Infiniti products, the EX35 is powered by Nissan’s acclaimed 3.5litre VQ V6 engine. In this particular form the engine is capable of 297hp: quite substantial in a vehicle that is not that large. The only transmission available in the EX35 is a 5-speed automatic with a manual mode that rev matches on down shifts.

2008 Infiniti EX35
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The EX35 starts at $40,400 and comes standard with its sharp looks, powerful engine and ATTESA E-TS All-Wheel Drive system. Also included as standard is Infiniti’s Scratch Shield paint that is supposed to prevent swirl marks and small scratches; as well, there is the usual flurry of acronyms such as: EBD, TCS, ABS, BA, TPMS and VDC.

My tester is not fully loaded but very nearly so. Included on my tester is the Journey package ($1,600) which adds: a power moonroof, power folding second row seats, automatic dimming review mirror, front and rear sonar systems and automatic headlights.

Also included is the premium package ($3,100) which adds a ton of features including: Bose premium 11-speaker stereo system, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, eight-way power passenger seat and two memory driver’s seat, 18-inch wheels and Xenon auto-leveling adaptive headlight system.

But it doesn’t end there. This vehicle has to be the most technically feature rich vehicle I have ever driven, as it also is equipped with the $3,250 navigation package which adds the obvious navigation system, but it also adds: voice recognition for the audio system and HVAC controls, 9.3GB music box and compact flash slot and rear view monitor.

And as if that isn’t enough, my EX35 tester is also equipped with the technology package for another $1700 which adds a bunch of acronyms: AVM (Around View Monitor), LDW (Lane Departure Warning), LDP (Lane Departure Prevention) and ICC (Intelligent Cruise Control). Needless to say, this EX35 is a techno-junkie’s dream!

2008 Infiniti EX35
MSRP as tested (including destination): $51,700

For more information on Infiniti and the EX35 visit Infiniti Canada

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