12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD - Blessed by Blizzaks

January 9, 2013
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Long-Term 2013 Infiniti JX35 Update - WINTER 2013 (1 OF 2)
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.
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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

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2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD - Blessed by Blizzaks
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Photo Gallery

  • The JX35 in way-northern Michigan, Lake Superior in the background.
  • Unplowed roads didn't faze the JX35.
  • Despite winter weather, the JX35 made two major road trips this month.
  • Frosty the Snow Car.
  • Bridgestone Blizzak winter tires were put to good use
  • Gaylord, Michigan's historic Sugar Bowl restaurant.
  • We encountered some vehicles that are even better in the snow.
  • Little pink houses, big brown SUVs -- somebody call John Mellencamp.

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