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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, APRIL 28, 2011, PAGE 7 W EX35 a proper royal coach for Kate By CHRIS O'CONNOR Times On Wheels Columnist The Infiniti EX35 kept reminding me a bit of the Royal Bride-to-be this week, Kate Middleton. It is an entrancing car, packed with looks, power, drivability and comfort, just about anything and everything you would expect from a Sedan/Coupe/Crossover vehicle. Everyone who ventured out in this 4-door purring machine with me had a different angle on what led to their enjoyment factor. A small lady, who happens to be the same age as the reigning Queen Elizabeth, fell head over heels in love at first sight with the Infiniti EX35. Independently, for once in a long time, she got in the car, adjusted and fastened the seat belt, and lo- cated the right door lock. This served as quite a contrast to the customary boosting by an assis- tant, as well as her own clambering when getting in a car, followed by puzzled frustration with the seat belt fastening routine. This lady exclaimed that her family should get an Infiniti right now. She even momentarily enter- tained the idea of once more driv- ing herself, even having her own Infiniti. A short drive brought this lady and me to the local post office. As we drove into the sparsely occupied parking lot and aimed for the ace spot right by the entrance (easily navigated by the Infiniti's prowling steering), I remarked that an exact same model Infiniti, albeit a different color, was parked nearby. My pas- senger immediately exited on her own and popped over to ask the young lady at the other Infiniti how she liked it. Although momentarily startled by this abrupt request from the senior lady, the young lady, who was busy settling an infant in his car seat, responded enthusiasti- cally about her Infiniti. When my passenger returned, she reported on the positive feed- back. Then she commented, smug- ly, that even though both cars were nice, she preferred the one she was in. The color scheme was more el- egant, dark, sleek and limousine- like. As she exited solo at the end of the excursion, she had no need for the handy overdoor grip. The guys (motorheads) I rode with, found the V6's 3.5L, almost 300 horsepower engine, impres- sive. The dual-chromed exhaust pipes put out a nice growl and the 5-spoked 19- inch tires and vented, all around disc brakes, added to the sporty look. The 2011 Infiniti EX35 offers its owners other standards in the way of a bit of royal swag- ger. The leather wrapped steer- ing wheel's elegant feel and seat- ing is cushy "whilst" at the same time being firm enough to support you through quick acceleration and turns. The 7-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly. Even more fun was what they call ,!311!iii!i!iY? 2011 Infiniti EX35 Adaptive Shift Control, for manual, power range longer. Gas mileage clutch-less shifting, allowing the was decent with 17 city and 24" driver to keep the RPMs up in the highway. Infiniti EX35 one hot little lady By BRYAN T. McMAHONfrimes On Wheels Columnist Forget that the 2011 Infiniti EX35 Journey rear wheel drive looks great, its 297 horsepower engine hitched to a seven speed automatic transmission (with manual clutchless shifting if you so choose) makes the 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, traction control and electronic brake force distribu- tion a practical necessity. This machine is hot, and exciting. And if you don't believe me, ask Mer- cedes Munson, who immediately claimed ownership of our test drive and ended a long spell of industry-induced complacency in her life. I love the cool little round analog clock surrounded by some of the most advanced electronics on any dashboard, the 11 speaker premium audio system, 7-inch VGA color touch-screen display, the maple wood and leath- er interior, and the XM radio system that I have come to view as essential as the engine. But most of all, I love the ride. 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