Used 2013 INFINITI JX SUV
INFINITI JX SUV
With high-style and luxurious accommodations for seven, the Infiniti JX seeks to end the Acura MDX’s reign as the go-to luxury 3-row SUV.
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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.
You'll Like This Car If...
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.
You May Not Like This Car If...
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.
What's New for 2013
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.
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.
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.
Notable Standard Equipment
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.
Notable Optional Equipment
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.
Under the Hood
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)
With a base price of about $40,000 for a front-wheel-drive version, the 2013 Infiniti JX is well-positioned against competitors like the Acura MDX and Audi Q7. Since all-wheel drive is just $1,100 more, we expect many buyers will opt for it. All of the JX technological goodies do come at a price, though. Equipment Packages like the Premium (about $5,000), Technology ($3,100) and Theater ($1,700) can send the loaded MSRP well over $50,000, but even at that price the JX offers good value in the segment. We also expect that it will score high in retained value, and we predict its looks will remain fresh for years to come.
INFINITI JX Consumer Reviews
Dad with 4 kids
October 02, 2018
Best family luxury vehicle on the market!
This vehicle is only one of a few that allow access to the third-row seat via a sliding second row. This makes access to the third row...
September 30, 2018
Very nice vehicle, looking toward 2019 model,
Great vehicle would do it again.
January 12, 2018
One of the best 3 row family SUV
I have the fully loaded model - deluxe technology with theater package and I would say so far I love this SUV. Infotainment is old...
September 19, 2017
Great value, best purchase Ive made!
Great family vehicle, lots of room, great ride. I have 5 grand kids ranging from age 9-19. Plenty of room for us all.
September 04, 2016
As a long-time Escalade owner, (60+ y/o) I grew conflicted in my search for a new vehicle. Disenchanted with the over-sized SUV and...
June 14, 2016
Classy, Comfy, and Cool
First Infiniti that we have owned. Have had other SUV's and minivans in the past. Excellent 3rd row that is usable and easy to access....
November 19, 2015
Can't believe this isn't in the top 10 SUV list!!!
I bought my 2015 QX60 in September of 2015. So far so good. Beautiful car. Drives well. Interior is luxurious for the price. Great deal...
June 30, 2015
I love this vehicle!
Great for the family...can take the kids and a couple of friends along wherever we go. Looks great, easy to park and drive. Not a real...
June 24, 2015
Classy and luxurious
This is my first Infiniti SUV. I previously owned a Lexus SUV, a Honda SUV and a Nissan SUV - without any doubt this is the most...
June 10, 2015
Only SUV with a useable 3-row. Great car!
Looked at MDX, Q7, GX460 none of them had any room in the 3rd row and most of those are just good for carseats. can't beat a minivan but...