2013 Infiniti JX35 - For the Children

July 16, 2013
2013 Infiniti JX35 Front Left View
Long-Term 2013 Infiniti JX35 Update - SUMMER 2013 (2 OF 2)
Miles to Date: 30,700
"The second row slides back far enough that the kids can't easily kick the front seatbacks, a priceless feature."
We all know the real reason people buy cars like the 2013 Infiniti JX35: because they have kids. We can talk about towing capacity, or all-wheel-drive traction, or premium-brand appeal or a lot of things with regards to the JX35, but people are going to buy it, or not buy it, because of how well it schlepps their kids and their stuff -- which is mostly their kids' stuff.
You get the sense that Infiniti knows this. Thus, all the noise the company made about the fact that even with a child seat mounted, the second-row seat still can tip forward to allow access to the third row. We've found that ability to be useful, with two caveats: First, it's only the passenger-side second-row seat that does is, and second, with a child seat installed the second-row seat does not move as far out of the way as it does with no seat installed.
And what about climbing in to begin with? As a crossover, the JX35 doesn't require quite the big climb up -- our own Jen Misaros is fully grown but still fairly short and she finds that "ingress and egress [are] fairly effortless even for short people like me."
The third row can be adequate for passengers as large as teens, or it can be hopelessly cramped. It all depends on how far forward or backwards you slide the second-row seats. Ah, the ability to slide the second-row seats. Who knew that was such a key factor? As copy editor Rusty Blackwell, father of two toddlers, called it "a priceless feature." Why? Because "the second row slides back far enough that the kids can't easily kick the front seatbacks." If you're thinking of strapping a car seat into the third row, know that there are no upper or lower LATCH attachment points on the right-side seat and only an upper LATCH connector for the left-side seat.
Then there's all the kids' stuff. As any parent can tell you, the smaller the person the more detritus they travel with. Here the news is not as good. Although Blackwell found that his double stroller easily fit in the cargo hold, that was with the third row folded. If all seats are in place, there's no stuffing a double stroller back there. Alas, that's an issue nearly all three-row crossovers contend with.

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