12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2013 Infiniti JX35 - Silky Smooth

February 12, 2013
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Long-Term 2013 Infiniti JX35 Update - WINTER 2013 (2 OF 2)
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).
2013 Infiniti JX35 Front Right View 2
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

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