2013 Infiniti EX37
2013 Infiniti EX37
2013 Infiniti EX37. Click image to enlarge

Review and photos by Tom Sedens

The stubby, coupe-like EX from Infiniti seems to be more polarizing than I thought. Its bigger brother, the FX, has been dragging its bubble butt around town for years now and the shape is definitely love-it or hate-it. But I thought the cleaner, more concise styling of the EX would make it more palatable for folks. Is it just the styling that sets hearts on fire or draws the ire on onlookers? Or is there more to it?

Well first of all, it might be the price. The EX is no cheap date.

At the heart of this crossover beats a new 3.7L V6. It churns out 325 hp at 7,000 rpm and a decent 267 lb-ft of torque at 5,200. It pushes that power through a seven-speed automatic transmission and out to all four corners through a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.

Fuel economy isn’t exactly the 1,825 kg (4,023 lb) EX37’s forte, but it did just fine. It’s rated at 12.1 L/100 km in the city and 8.1 L/100 km on the highway, neither of which are terrible. During my week with it, I averaged 13.8 L/100 km doing my normal commuting and occasional freeway jaunts. I did push this vehicle harder than most, so the mileage was acceptable in my opinion. The tank holds 76 L and I hate to break this to you – it guzzles premium gas.

When it comes to the exterior, I’m firmly ensconced in the love-the-styling camp. The sculpted lines are pulled taut over the EX’s tidy proportions, without some of the flab that you’ll find on the FX. I think it looks sporty and classic with its long hood and short overhangs.

The cabin is set toward the rear and the back glass is steeply raked for a very unique look.

2013 Infiniti EX372013 Infiniti EX37
2013 Infiniti EX37. Click image to enlarge

Infiniti’s expressive, swept-back HID headlights and nicely integrated chrome fog lights flank the standard grille. Nice LED taillights and a couple of fat oval exhaust tips finish off the rear end.

I really liked the eight-spoke, 19-inch factory Enkei rims wearing fat 245/45 boots.

Once you get inside the EX, you’ll find a load of beautiful soft-touch plastics – they look good and they feel good. The interior has an air of luxury. Even the maple wood accents look good. It doesn’t hurt that they’re real.

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