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.”