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2008 Infiniti EX35 RWD Journey
2008 Infiniti EX35 RWD Journey

by J.T. Hills

SGN Contributing Writer

TOP
• Extremely stylish design
• Packed with fun technology
• Tons of safety features

BOTTOM
• Smallish on the cargo room
• Rear legroom is on the smallish side too

The 2008 EX35 is a new crossover from Infiniti that combines the look and feel of a luxury coupe with the versatility of an SUV. The EX debuts with some new available technology for Infinity: the Around View Monitor (AVM) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP). Utilizing four small cameras, AVM gives the driver a top-down view of the outside of the vehicle to reduce blind spots when parking. The LDP uses the Vehicle Dynamic Control system to assist the driver if the vehicle drifts out of a lane. After a relaxing extended weekend with the 2008 Infiniti EX35 Journey, I’ve compiled a brass tacks list of highly technical scientific data based upon observations, experimentation, tabulations, inspections and so forth. Here we go:

Think of it… Queers from London to Sydney are scraping their rims because they don’t know how to parallel park… and every time you scrape a rim on an expensive car… a kitten dies.

Four cameras to park a mid-sized crossover! When I heard about the latest technology from Infiniti, the AVM (Around View Monitor), the first thought that came to mind was that it was a bit over-kill in the gadget-to-parallel-park category. Then I heard from a reliable source that a lot of mo’s from bakers to bankers can’t parallel park a convertible without tearing up their rims. 360 degree views with the top down and ya’all still have blind spots! Evidently we’ve (and I mean the royal we - I can parallel park, yet I’m being inclusive) spent our forlorn youth partying it up in Jeep Wranglers where we could just run over a curb, prance into gym in sassy bedazzled jeans to wait for thirty minutes to walk on a treadmill, and surf porn on iPhones. It’s so sad. Then I experienced the new AVM system from Infiniti, and like a lot of things, what may seem trite and over-the-top has real world significance for Gays. Just like the changes the 7-satellite GPS system has had on our recreational dating lives, the AVM system from Infiniti will do to our social lives… so now the parallel-parking-challenged won’t look like complete fools as they pull up to the Broadway Market in their shiny new cars checkin’ out the same sex.

Oy… I need a vacation
So this last week I was able to head down to Southern California for some fun on the beach and a couple of days with the new 2008 Infiniti EX35 Journey. I flew into Burbank with nothing more than an address for a house in Malibu which I hadn’t been to in four years and only a vague directional understanding of where I was going. This is where the GPS system in the EX35 came in handy, and did so efficiently and with great ease of use. The EX comes with a 3.5-liter 297hp DOHC V6 engine with 253 lb-ft of torque. Being that it was Southern California, the test vehicle was a rear wheel drive model instead of an all-wheel-drive one. Which begs the question… why not just buy the GS35 sedan?  Well… it doesn’t have the Around View Monitor… yet.

So I leisurely drive up to Malibu, do the whole driving along the Pacific Coast Highway… dinner in Santa Monica… go to the beach… stalk Cher… and sleep a lot…  thing. Then on my day to leave I spend a little too much time going to breakfast, stalking Cher and walking along the beach, that I find that after I pack I have an hour and forty five minutes to make my way to Burbank to catch my flight. This is an hour and forty five minutes to drive 37 miles, go through two canyons, drive two different freeways, drop off the car, catch a shuttle, check luggage, go through security, and get on the plane.  This is where the performance value of the EX35 comes in… I made it with twenty minutes to spare. Even without the available all wheel drive system, the EX35 handles remarkably on twisty roads; it feels very balanced with precise handling characteristics. The engine has plenty of get-up-and-go and I found the five-speed automatic transmission to be very smooth. It comes with both a Sport Drive mode and manual shift mode. The Sport Drive mode seemed to be preferential to the circumstances.

The new 2008 Infiniti EX35 is in direct competition to the Acura RDX and BMW X3. Stylistically, I found the Infiniti to be preferential to the latter. The exterior is more exotic looking and the interior richly appointed. The cabin of the EX35 is well thought out and has plenty of room for both driver and front passenger. For rear passengers, space is a bit tight and luggage room isn’t all that particularly ample either. I did appreciate the Lane Departure warning system, and the Around View Monitor. There was very little to dislike about the EX35 and a lot to make it be considered a bench mark in its class.

OK, for a before tax price of $44,015, what do you get?
The 2008 Infiniti EX35 Journey comes with a long list of standard features and some pricey upgrades. A quick look at the favorites includes:

Performance
• 3.5 297 hp DOHC V6 engine
• 5-speed automatic transmission
• 17” alloy wheels
• Variable gear ratio and
assist power rack and pinion steering
• Front double wishbone suspension
• Real multi-link suspension
• Electronic stability control
• Anti-slip regulation
• Anti-lock brakes

Safety
• Dual stage front airbags
• Dual front passenger side airbags
• Side curtain airbags
• Vehicle stability control
• ACE body structure
• Remote entry system with trunk opener
and power window control
• Automatic headlamps

Comfort and Convenience
• 7” color display in center console
for use with audio and HVAC
• Infiniti controller
• Trip computer
• 8-way power driver’s seat
• 4-way power passenger seat
• Front and rear leather appointed seats
• Power folding rear seats
• Front and rear sonar system
• Infiniti intelligent key with
push-button ignition
• Steering wheel audio controls
• AM/FM/XM single CD system
with 6-speakers

Additional Charges
• Technology Package with Around View
Monitor, Lane Departure Prevention
system, Intelligent Cruise Control (
$1,950)
• Premium Package with Boise Audio
system with 24-Bit DAC, 11-speakers
with 3-subwoofers, AM/FM/6-CD
in dash interface with
iPod connection ($2,150)
• Navigation Package with voice
recognition for HVAC, Audio, Nav, and
XM real traffic info ($2,150)
• Wood Package ($450)
• Lux Elite Package with upgraded
leather, 18” wheels and all-season tires,
Xenon auto leveling front headlights,
adaptive front lighting system ($1,650)
• Destination and Delivery ($815)

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