New Car Reviews

2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD – Blessed by Blizzaks

Miles to date: 19,573

Long-Term Update: Winter 2013 Array Miles to date: 19,573

The approach road to the parking lot at the trailhead was accessible only with 4WD, and the JX35 and its Blizzaks performed admirably.

Winter arrived with a vengeance in December, but our JX35 still had a busy month of travel, with trips to Wisconsin and to Grand Marais in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The Bridgestone Blizzaks that we put on last month got a workout, and they received good reviews. Here’s executive editor Todd Lassa: “On my return from Wisconsin on the day after Christmas, I hit a snowstorm on I-94 all the way across Michigan, and the combination of Blizzaks and fairly decent steering feedback kept me moving along at a moderate rate. I felt confident passing 18-wheelers and drivers who were just being overly cautious.” Deputy editor Joe DeMatio took the JX to a state park while in Grand Marais, Michigan, to go hiking on the snow-covered sand dunes. “The approach road to the parking lot at the trailhead was accessible only with 4WD,” he reports, “and the JX35 and its Blizzaks performed admirably.”
DeMatio’s trip to the sand dunes was part of an end-of-the-year excursion to northern Michigan and the shores of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula. He had a total of four adults on board. “Front-seat comfort was excellent,” he said. “Second-row seating offers lots of legroom, but the seats are a little low, which raises your thighs off the seat and prevents the seats from being truly comfortable.” One other rear-seat misfire: there is no middle section that can be folded independently of the outboard seatbacks, so the group had to leave their cross-country skis at home. Rear-seat heaters, though, were much appreciated, as was the panoramic roof.

Although they might not be direct competitors, on this trip the JX35 was compared with the BMW X5. “Two of my passengers were visiting from France, and they have owned three BMW X5s,” DeMatio explains. “They seemed perplexed by the JX35’s powertrain, as they’re accustomed to torquey diesels mated to conventional automatic transmissions. This V-6 and CVT combo was pretty lethargic by comparison.”
“All in all, the JX35 isn’t as appealing to drive or to be in as the mid-size crossovers from Mercedes, Audi, and BMW,” he concludes, “but, then again, it costs many thousands less, and still has virtually every safety and convenience feature that you could want.”


  • Body style 4-door crossover
  • Accommodation 7-passenger
  • Construction Steel unibody
  • Base price (with dest.) $42,500
  • Price As tested $54,800


  • Engine 24-valve DOHC V-6
  • Displacement 3.5 liters (213 cu in)
  • Power 265 hp @ 6400 rpm
  • Torque 248 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
  • Transmission Continuously variable
  • Drive Four wheel
  • EPA Fuel Economy 18/23/20 (city/hwy/combined)


  • Steering Electrohydraulically assisted
  • Lock-to-lock 3.3
  • Turning circle 38.7 ft
  • Suspension, Front Strut-type
  • Suspension, Rear Multilink
  • Brakes F/R Vented discs
  • Wheels 20-inch aluminum
  • Tires Bridgestone Dueler H/P Sport AS
  • Tire size 235/55HR-20


  • Headroom F/R 40.7/38.3/36.5 in
  • Legroom F/R 42.3/41.7/30.8 in
  • Shoulder room F/R 603/60.4/57.1 in
  • Wheelbase 114.2 in
  • Track F/R 65.7/65.7 in
  • L x W x H 196.4 x 77.2 x 67.8 in
  • Passenger capacity 149.8 cu ft
  • Cargo capacity 15.8/40.8/76.5 cu ft
  • Weight 4419 lb
  • Weight dist. F/R 55/45%
  • Fuel capacity 19.5 gal
  • Est. fuel range 390 miles
  • Fuel grade 91 octane (premium unleaded)


  • standard equipment

    • 18-inch aluminum wheels
    • Intelligent all-wheel drive
    • Leather-appointed seats
    • Heated power front seats
    • Multi-mode second row w/easy third-row access
    • 60/40-split folding/reclining/sliding second-row bench
    • 50/50-split folding/reclining third row
    • Automatic HID headlights
    • Fog lights
    • Power sunroof
    • Automatic tri-zone climate control
    • Power remote liftgate
    • Sequential welcome lighting
    • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering column
    • Power folding and heated exterior mirrors
    • Rearview camera
    • Keyless entry and ignition
    • Bluetooth
    • 6-speaker audio system
    • USB port
    • SiriusXM satellite radio w/3-month trial subscription
    • Auxiliary audio jack
    • Vehicle dynamic control and traction control


  • Carbon black gravity leather
  • $4,950
  • Infiniti Connection, hard-drive navigation, and voice recognition
  • 8-inch touchscreen color display
  • SiriusXM traffic and weather w/Zagat restaurant guide
  • Around View monitor w/moving object detection and parking sensors
  • 13-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Dual-occupant memory system
  • 2-way driver’s seat power lumbar adjust
  • Enhanced keyless entry and ignition
  • Technology package
  • $3,100
  • Back-up collision intervention
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Remote engine starter
  • Intelligent brake assist w/forward collision warning
  • Blind spot warning and intervention
  • Lane departure warning and prevention
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Distance control assistance
  • Theater package
  • $1,700
  • Dual 7-inch headrest monitors w/wireless headphones and remote
  • Auxiliary A/V inputs jacks and 120V outlet
  • Deluxe Touring package
  • $2,550
  • 20-inch aluminum wheels
  • Bose Cabin surround sound audio system
  • Advanced climate control system
  • Climate-controlled front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Second- and third-row sunroof and sunshade
  • Maple interior accents