Crossover SUV shoppers, by the very nature of the vehicle they seek, are a demanding bunch. They’re looking for something that drives like a sedan, yet is a capable people mover and competent cargo hauler. That’s a tall order to fill. But not everyone seeking this versatility wants a vehicle that has all of these traits in equal portions. Some drivers are willing to sacrifice a measure of utility in exchange for an extra helping of sport. Enter the Infiniti EX.
The EX — part of a growing group of small luxury crossovers — has the “sport” part covered thanks to its mechanical similarity to Infiniti’s highly regarded G Sedan. Packing a powerful V6 and sharp reflexes, the EX35 offers exceptional performance. It also boasts numerous high-end luxury features. The main downside is that the EX lacks rear-seat passenger room and cargo capacity relative to some rivals. Still, if you’re more concerned about driving than people- and cargo-hauling, the EX is one of the best bets in this segment.