New Car Reviews

2013 Infiniti JX35 – Silky Smooth

Miles to Date: 21,014

Long-Term Update: Winter 2013 Array Miles to date: 21,014

Many of us see Infiniti as a luxury-performance brand, and the lack of sport in the JX has opened it up to criticism.

Ann Arbor has been an icebox lately; it’s the kind of weather that gives features like heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and remote start greater importance. Luckily, the JX35 has all three. “I love any vehicle with remote start,” said associate web editor Jake Holmes, but he noted that this Infiniti’s remote start system doesn’t fire up the heated seats or steering wheel, unlike those from other manufacturers (Chrysler, for one).

This is also the season for rolling on winter tires, in this case Bridgestone Blizzaks mounted on 18-inch aftermarket wheels, rather than the 20-inch wheels that the JX wears from the factory. “The winter tires are very well suited to this car: not too loud and not too soft,” copy editor Rusty Blackwell observed. Blackwell does think that the eighteens look small “and just a bit silly” on such a large vehicle, but then he admitted that he likes the look of black steel wheels for winter tires (which immediately throws his credibility into question). Jennifer Misaros, manager of digital platforms, commented that although the five-spoke wheels look good, the “Sport edition” written on their center caps is particularly unconvincing on the JX.
Many of us see Infiniti as a luxury-performance brand, and the lack of sport in the JX has opened it to criticism. Blackwell had previously characterized the JX as “unwieldy and uninvolving” on mountain roads in Tennessee, but executive editor Todd Lassa thinks “the cushy suspension is appropriate” for the JX, which he likened to “a modern-day Mercury Colony Park wagon.”
Certainly, one item that saps the sportiness from the JX35 is its continuously variable automatic transmission. However, associate web editor Donny Nordlicht notes that the engaging the transmission’s sport mode makes it act as if it has six forward gears, which helps relieve the mooing that is characteristic of CVTs. “No matter what,” he adds, “the transmission itself is silky smooth.”


  • 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