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The all-new 2013 Infiniti JX35 was designed to fill a gap in the luxury market for families who need a vehicle with 7-passenger capacity, but who don't want a minivan. While 3-row crossovers are common offerings of most non-luxury brands, they are relatively rare in the luxury segment, so Infiniti feels it has a big opportunity. The Acura MDX and Audi Q7 are the market leaders among luxury 3-row crossovers, and the new JX has competitive advantages to match up well versus either of them. On the safety and convenience fronts – both vital areas to crossover customers – the JX offers valuable innovations.
If you are looking for a 3-row vehicle that looks great outside and in, is filled with amenities and has an uncommon level of safety features, the Infiniti JX should be on your shopping list.
If you are a fan of the conventional SUV choice, the Acura MDX and Audi Q7 are 3-row crossovers that have been in the market longer than the JX.
The Infiniti JX is all-new for the 2013 model year, and a noble addition to the Infiniti stable of SUVs and crossovers that also includes the FX and QX.
Driving Impressions Nobody will buy a 3-row crossover to enjoy high-performance fun, but the 2013 Infiniti JX accelerates and handles better than it needs to. The 265-horsepower 3.5-liter dual overhead cam V6...is not the most powerful engine in the segment, but it is both smooth and capable. Rather than employing a conventional automatic transmission with seven or eight forward speeds, Infiniti engineers opted for a continuously variable transmission (CVT), a favorite in the Nissan product bin. Fuel efficiency is its best attribute. The all-wheel-drive (AWD) version of the JX35 turns in 23 mpg Highway, 18 mpg City and 20 mpg Combined Environmental Protection Agency fuel-efficiency ratings. Quiet and comfort are hallmarks of the JX's ride, and the Around View video monitor does an excellent job of depicting where you are in relationship to other objects near the vehicle, making backing up and parking a snap.
One of the 2013 JX35's most innovative features is a system called Backup Collision Intervention. The JX alerts you if something is behind you while you're in reverse, and after the warnings, if you don't stop the vehicle, it stops itself, averting a potentially life-threatening situation.
INTELLIGENT CRUISE CONTROL/DISTANCE CONTROL ASSIST
While some form of intelligent cruise control isn't all that rare on today's luxury vehicles, the Distance Control Assist function is. In the Infiniti JX, it prompts the driver to release the throttle and applies the brakes in slowing traffic even if the driver is not paying as much attention as he should be.
Designers of the 2013 Infiniti JX started with the idea that a 3-row luxury crossover should actually welcome all seven passengers. The second row offers 5.5-inches of fore and aft travel that allows you to dial up the proper mix of legroom and cargo-carrying capacity, and the fore-and-aft adjustment and innovative second-row seat design enable uncommonly easy access to the third-row. In fact, you can even enter the rear-most row with a child safety seat deployed in the second row, which is nearly impossible in other luxury 3-row SUVs. There is no skimping on luxury electronics either. The 15-speaker Bose Cabin Surround sound system is accompanied by the Infiniti Connection telematics system that syncs to the driver's schedule via Google Calendar.Exterior
The 2013 JX is so commodious, you might expect it to have a dull, utilitarian SUV shape, but that is not the case. It has distinctive, interesting exterior lines while at the same time providing a flat platform floor that enhances roominess in the second and third rows. While the new JX isn't quite as cleanly tailored as the competitive Audi Q7, it is far more subdued than the Acura MDX.
As an Infiniti, even a "base" JX is extremely well-equipped. Among the key standard mechanical items is the sport-tuned continuously variable transmission with manual-shift mode and Sport mode, which mimics a step transmission, and the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector that offers standard, sport, snow and "eco" settings that alter throttle response and transmission mapping based on conditions.
The JX is chock-full of electronic driver aids. The Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention systems use a camera installed behind the windshield to detect lane markers in front of the vehicle. If you are in danger of an unintended lane departure, they get your attention with a visual indicator and audible buzzer. If you don't heed the warnings the prevention system guides you back in your lane with a gentle application of the brakes on the opposite side of the drift. The JX also can be equipped with a Blind Spot Warning system, Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control and Distance Control Assist. When equipped with all these systems plus Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, you might get the impression is that the 2013 Infiniti JX will essentially drive itself. Not true, but it is about as close to that as any vehicle we've driven.
For 2013, the Infiniti JX offers one powertrain: the highly-regarded 3.5-liter V6 engine with the CVT transmission. The engine is smooth and powerful enough that you always feel the JX has enough acceleration, and you can flip on the CVT's step-gear simulation if you get bored.
2013 Infiniti JX35
265 horsepower @ 6,400 rpm
248 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg (front-wheel drive), 18/23 mpg (AWD)
By PI Attorney from Miami on Saturday, December 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,000overall rating 7 of 10rating details
Pros: "Nice Exterior but that is where it stops!"
Cons: "Overpriced, weak/inferior technology interior"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"I own this vehicle, a 2013. I was the first to purchase it here in Miami, Florida when it came out. Exterior wise, simply beautiful. But looks are deceiving for this vehicle. Interior wise, the seating is comfortable and the rear 3rd row seatings are spacious. The driving feel is excellent and is the best attribute. However, the electronics are very cheaply made. The stereo dashboard illumination is weak, at best compared to my wife's Lincoln 2015 MKX which interior wise, is superior in every sense. The vehicle is fast, quiet on the highway and roads and the fuel consumption, is spectacular. I pay $100 more per month (as opposed to $100 less per month on my wife's Lincoln 2015 MXX) and I don't think the vehicle compares in any way to the Lincoln. The rear back up camera is average. For the price, I will get something else when my lease is up. NIce why I had it but that is it . .."
4 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Worth on Sunday, December 14, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000overall rating 4 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Have had continuous issues with electronics, undersized engine for the weight and size, tight geared transmission causing poor mileage again due to under powered engine. Excessive road noise for its class."
6 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By priscilla on Friday, November 28, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 57,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Cons: "over rated, over priced, very costly mainenance"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4
"car has some great technology features and safety features that were not standard equipment. Now most cars have same features (back-up camera, lane departure, blind spot, etc). Car is terrible in snow. Brakes and tires didn't last 30000 miles. Normal maintenance and repairs are exceptionally high just like the cost of car. Interior (carpeting shows stables) is nothing special. Back seats are not very easy to move for storage or back to seating, head rests are always in the way when moving seats. Poor gas mileage. Sluggish reduction of rpm's due to transmission."
1 person out of 4 found this review helpful
By Zman on Monday, November 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Luxury and comfort."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Had a M35 and wanted a SUV for more comfort and safety. This vehicle rides extremely well. Combined gas mileage 22+. Room for 4 full size golf bags and more. All that I had wanted. Had two minor recalls but dealer was great. Took longer to wash than repair the car!!"
2 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By coloradomama on Monday, March 17, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,500overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Drives great, terrific price for the amenities"
Cons: "None--love this vehicle!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The JX35 is the best vehicle I have ever owned. I love everything about this car. It drives like a dream, is a good value for the amount of technology provided, and it has plenty of room with 3 rows. I love it and look forward to driving it every day."
7 people out of 12 found this review helpful
By Jay on Monday, January 27, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,300overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Confortable, lots of space, safety"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Great vehicle! I am very happy with my purchase and surprised I don't see too many on the road. There is alot of room inside, the seats recline and easy to get in and out out. On road trips everyone has their own space and plug ins for all the gagets. I have all the technology in the "control center". The NAV is great, and I love the cruse control. This vehicle is super safe and has saved me from getting into many accidents. Expecially the ones that I can't see (when three-four cars ahead dramatically slowdown)I am able to slow down saving myself and cars behind me from the accident. No regrets!"
4 people out of 5 found this review helpful