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2013 Infiniti JX35 - For the Children

Miles to Date: 30,700

Patrick M Hoey
2013 Infiniti JX35 reviews to date
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.

2013 Infiniti JX35 Specs
  • Overview
  • powertrain
  • chassis
  • measurements
  • equipment
  • options
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
Packages & Options
  • 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
From the front this Infiniti looks weird and sort of bubbly, but I was considering leasing this over the Acura MDX.  The grille of the MDX looks weird too, but at this point I'm willing to sacrifice styling.  I'll just test drive both myself. 

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