2013 Infiniti JX35 – Guys’ Weekend

Miles to Date: 24,274

Long-Term Update: Spring 2013 Array Miles to date: 24,274

My round trip put 504 miles on the JX, during which we averaged 22 mpg.

Last month it was copy editor Rusty Blackwell who spent the most time behind the wheel of our Infiniti JX35, so we’ll step aside and grant him the floor:
“Every winter I make a pilgrimage to northern Michigan for a guys’ weekend. In the past, I’ve driven some excellent, large people-haulers from our Four Seasons fleet, such as a Chrysler Town & Country, a GMC Acadia, and an Infiniti QX56. This year there was one obvious choice, the Infiniti JX35. The JX definitely fit the bill for an all-wheel-drive vehicle with enough space for four people and lots of weekend gear. Loading up, I discovered that the JX35’s underfloor storage compartment (an approximately two-foot-by-one-foot rectangle) was the ideal place to stash a still-cooling breakfast casserole without risking it being squashed by the various duffel bags, boots, ice skates, hockey sticks, skis, and cases of beer that also filled the Infiniti’s spacious cargo hold. (On a previous trip, I learned that the same underfloor compartment can hold two growlers of beer.)
“We achieved an average of 22 mpg on the 504-mile round trip to Comins, Michigan. The JX did quite well in a snowstorm we encountered on the drive. The Bridgestone Blizzaks are somewhat noisy but were very good in the slick stuff, which caused several other motorists to spin out. When the roads were clear, I used the cruise control and found it not very smooth in its “resume” function whenever I momentarily canceled the cruise. It’s also not the best at maintaining a constant speed on hills.
“My passengers were very happy with the space and comfort of the rear seats. They do, however, lack a pass-through, so the skis and hockey sticks ended up pointing towards the ceiling because we had to angle them up against the middle of the rear seatback—not the best arrangement.”



  • 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