Bigger engine? Time for a name change.
Infiniti is replacing the old 3.5-liter V-6 that was in the EX35 with its 325-hp 3.7-liter six-cylinder, which means the EX35 is no more. Meet the EX37. Slotted below the sporty FX in size and price, the EX37 is built on the same basic architecture. As such, it offers a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive — most crossovers are front- or all-wheel drive. The Infiniti’s chassis makes for responsive handling; helping matters is the fact that the EX37 is not overly tall. Ride quality is pretty good, too. This four-door hatchback doesn’t have third-row seating and maxes out at five passengers — or, more realistically, four. In fact, despite it’s 107.1 cubic feet of passenger volume, the EX37 is not a large vehicle; its back seat is pretty cramped, and legroom is in particularly short supply. Cargo space behind the rear seats is modest but is easily expanded with the available power-folding feature for the second-row seats. Technology-wise, one of our favorite features on the EX37 is the available Around View monitor, which upstages a regular rearview camera by letting the driver see the car’s surroundings from all sides. The full panoply of electronic driver aids is available. Unlike its larger sibling’s, the EX37’s interior is not highly styled, but it is very nicely finished, as you’d expect from an Infiniti.
new for 2013
Infiniti decided to dump a bigger V-6 into the EX for 2013. Thus, the change from EX35 to EX37.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; traction and stability control; and a tire-pressure monitoring system are standard. A blind-spot warning system; lane-departure prevention; distance-control assist; intelligent brake assist with forward-collision warning; and the Around View monitor are optional.
Bigger, better V-6
Cramped rear seat
Not much cargo space
Base Price Range: $37,300–$41,000
DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
TRIM LEVELS: EX37 RWD, EX37 AWD, EX37 RWD Journey, EX37 AWD Journey
BODY STYLE: SUV/crossover, 5-passenger
ENGINE: 3.7L V-6, 325 hp, 267 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 7-speed automatic
PASSENGER VOLUME: 107.1 cu ft
CARGO SPACE: (behind rear seats) 18.6 cu ft