We traded an 06 Passat for the 08 EX-35. It is important to note the major differences between the two. The Infiniti EX-35 has more technology and luxury features than the Passat but, the Passat had more storage and acceleration. The seat warmers in the Passat had 5 settings the highest of which was hot enough that it could not be used for extended lengths of time. The seat warmers in the Infiniti just don't get quite warm enough. The bluetooth technology, navigation system, audio hard drive, reverse camera, lane departure control and active cruise control in the EX-35 are all features that we enjoy greatly. Although some of the features in the Passat outshine the features in the EX-35 overall the amount of features equipped in the EX-35 make it a definite upgrade.
I bought this car needing to replace my work vehicle. I was specifically looking for a medium size crossover/ large hatchback. I only needed enough cargo space to accommadate 2 large suitcases and a couple boxes. This Infiniti was probably not designed for larger families.
(+): Sporty look, Very comfortable, ample power, great steering/ handling, smooth transmission, nice sound system, easy to maneuvar back seats, and ok gas mileage. I drive over 200 miles/week , (majority hwy) and can go 2 weeks before each fill-up.
(-): Requires premium fuel, but most high performance engines do. Reliability history reveals noisy fuel pump; although yet to experience. Not available in a manual xmission; although the auto shifter is one of the best I have ever driven.
Overall; if you're looking for a small, sporty crossover; this car gets a thumbs up.
This car is absolutely Awesome!!! I was downsizing from the "mom van" after 20 years and couldn't decide between car and SUV. I knew I wanted something fun but classy, Professional and user friendly, I believe I found the perfect car to accomplish all my goals. I have enjoyed driving this smooth running machine.
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