Review: 2013 Infiniti JX

Posted on 27. Mar, 2012 by in Auto News

The Infiniti JX is the fourth or crossover SUV for the brand, slotting between the sporty crossover FX and the gigantic QX56. According to Infiniti, the brand had nothing to stem the flow of customers who were outside of the brand dilettantism, when it was time for a three-row luxury crossover. Instead of their customers go and get an Acura MDX or Audi Q7, Infiniti took the basics of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder and co-opted it for a luxury vehicle.

The 2013 Pathfinder is not until later in 2012, but the peanut gallery who constantly criticized the lack of a car-based body-on-frame chassis for a front-drive, CVT-equipped package will eat a buffet of crow if the Pathfinder emerges as beautiful as the JX. Although the unit is over on rivals – the JX makes 265 hp at 6,400 rpm and 248 lb-ft at 4440 rpm, compared to 300 for the MDX and 280 hp for the base Q7 – the JX is much lighter than The Q7 (872 lbs) and a little trimmer than the MDX (182 lbs). Despite the lack of instrumented on the rein, the JX is the straight line, the performance is more than sufficient. Infiniti Sean McNamara told me that the product team to ensure that the JX could "get out of your own way" was, as this was the primary concern of their customers brag instead, and in this area, they have surpassed all expectations.

The CVT automatic calibration exactly imitated in most situations. Am I in the city, which remain low speeds the end of the speed range, but when the throttle is pinned, they do not fall in exactly the same way as would allow a traditional automatic. The CVT is appropriate in this application and Nissan CVT technology has come a long way since the early Murano and their boat gear. It is noteworthy that the JX either FWD or AWD can be configured. Fuel economy is 18 mpg in the city for both. Highway and combined numbers are 24 mpg and 21 mpg for the FWD and 23/20 for the AWD.

While the mechanical bits are used for Pathfinder, the cabin is all Infiniti. Rich leather and wood are all presented, and the layout of the dashboard is an almost perfect copy of the Infiniti M. The materials are all nice, but buttons in abundance provides a means to control the absurd amount of acronym-addled technology. Just before I started on my journey, an Infiniti PR rep came over and pressed a button on the steering wheel. "We the LDW, LDP and BSI systems will be activated, and we ask that you opt-in to it." What he meant was that the Lane Departure Warning, Lane Departure Prevention (offers physical feedback to the driver to keep from preventing from a track, and not just twittering incessantly) and Blind Spot Intervention system would all be active during our ride . It is a miracle that we even need to bother to stay awake, and the car we drive.

Monstrous rather than feeling like the QX, the JX is "right-sized", with far more comfort and