12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2013 Infiniti JX35 - A Big Deal

July 23, 2012
2013 Infiniti JX35 Front Left Side View
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"Between the technology package, the deluxe touring package, and the premium package, this JX has enough electronics to stock a Best Buy."
After a highly satisfactory experience with a Four Seasons Infiniti QX56, our collective antennae were up at the debut of Infiniti's newest SUV, the JX35. One rung down size-wise from the big-boy QX, the JX is also built differently, being of unibody construction rather than body-on-frame. Additionally, the JX is based on Nissan's front-wheel-drive, mid-size D-platform (which also underpins the Altima and the Maxima), and it's therefore the first Infiniti in a long time that doesn't use a rear-wheel-drive architecture.
Will the front-wheel-drive platform -- not to mention the CVT automatic -- compromise the new model's Infinti-ness? Or can Infiniti successfully imbue its more popularly priced three-row offering with the expected levels of refinement? And how will this new entry stack up in the burgeoning field of three-row crossovers? The answers to these questions are particularly important because the JX is expected to be the brand's second-biggest-volume model (behind the G).
2013 Infiniti JX35 Front Left View
Another Four Seasons test was in order, and Infiniti gamely signed on. We ordered an all-wheel-drive JX35, in trendy brown with brown leather (make that midnight garnet and java). The very reasonable base price of $42,500 includes such essentials as leather, a backup camera, a sunroof, power seats, a power tailgate, a power-adjustable steering column, and HID headlamps. Adding $12,300 worth of options took us somewhere beyond "reasonable" -- but still short of "absurd" -- and brought such niceties as an extra-huge moonroof that covers all three rows, heated and cooled front seats and heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, twenty-inch wheels, a Bose thirteen-speaker premium audio system, and more.
Between the technology package, the deluxe touring package, and the premium package, this JX has enough electronics to stock a Best Buy. There is the expected navigation system, with an eight-inch touch screen, voice recognition, traffic and weather, and a Zagat restaurant guide. Add to that Infiniti's Around View Monitor with moving object detection; front and rear audible park assist; and dual, headrest-mounted rear-seat entertainment screens. Finally, this JX also comes equipped with a slew of features that recall the Greyhound tagline, "Leave the driving to us:" intelligent brake assist with forward-collision warning, blind-spot warning and intervention, lane-departure warning and prevention, intelligent cruise control, and distance control assist.
2013 Infiniti JX35 Driver Seat
That's a lot of technology to digest, but we'll have a full year to do it. The staff at the home office, however, will have to wait to get started, because the New York contingent is getting the first crack at this one. No sooner did the JX arrive at our office than it shipped off to the East Coast to spend its first few weeks with New York bureau chief Jamie Kitman and senior editor Joe Lorio. They'll be the first to weigh in on how well the JX tackles its big role.
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

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