Review: 2013 Infiniti JX35 Take Two

Posted on 14. May, 2012 by in Auto News

Infiniti has characteristically taken the path less traveled. The original Q45 was styled with Japanese culture expression (rather than imitate the Germans), adjusted for the driver and infamously advertised with video of rocks and trees. The brand finally on his stride 13 years later with the G35 compact rear-wheel drive. He jumped on the crossover train with a pair of cozy cabined firmly attached, VQ drive eggs. Those who place their family and their family had finished. Choose between the massive truck QX56 and something that is not an Infiniti (often a Acura MDX) Market traders and pressure, something much closer to the standard offer was undoubtedly intense. So, for 2013 we have the Infiniti JX35 (originally by Derek Kreindler rated). Has the brand's character will have been unduly affected, or is this the crossover Infiniti should have offered from the beginning?

New Infiniti been curvy, and bulbous. You will not find on any other more advanced forms new car lot. With the JX35, Infiniti clearly struggled with an inherent conflict between this style and the need offer competitive interior. The JX is the exterior is a fully resolved combination of a curved M-like front-end (dominated by an oversized grille and emblem) and a space-maximizing box. A "half-moon" D-pillar is unique, but it's probably an aesthetic reason why it was never done before, explained. Expect it to other Infiniti popular because they are new.

Inside the Infiniti JX35 has also secured beyond their usual tendencies to satisfy the typical large crossover buyers. The interior is styled as similar in other Infiniti, so it's easy on the eyes, but the forms are very different. The instrument panel and console are less curvy and less intrusive. The seats are flat, almost strengthen-free, and less convenient. This feels the JX "tailored fit" less (or, for larger people, not fit). Than other Infiniti The complaint is not that deep, but it is much broader.

Infiniti is very proud of the way forward on the JX the second row split folding bench. Without child seat, the cushion folds up tight against the backrest opened GM Lambda style a wide path to the third row. Infiniti innovation: Unlike the lambdas when you strap in a car seat, the bank still push you enough to allow people to squeeze through. There is no need to appoint captain chairs (which are not available), to maintain access to the third row with child seats in the second row.

In other respects, the JX rear passengers accommodations are not fancy. Like most crossovers (Ford being the major exception), the seats are flat and are mounted too low to support the ground for adults with thigh. And many luxury vehicles, there is no room under the front seats for the toes of the second row of seats, substantially reducing the second row legroom by about four inches in. There's still plenty of legroom in the second row, though the bank has shifted fully to the rear along the five inches of travel. But again all too typical when the second row is all the way back there is very little leg room in the third row. Ultimately, there is only enough space to fit average-sized men in all three rows, if any limits their leg to the amount that they absolutely need. To Infiniti credit, the third row is better ventilated than most, so that the children did not return to bake there. Behind the third row, 15.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, see, about the same as in an Acura MDX. My family of the Baggage without folds to fit at least half of the third row.

There is much more space for people and cargo in a Buick Enclave. But Infiniti marketing people never mention the Enclave as a competitor. You prefer, the Acura MDX and Audi Q7, both of which speak close third line as the JX and both of which 6 years gone because a thorough redesign need. But in terms of the specifications and configuration of the Buick is actually the JX closest competitors. Inside, the Buick wins on quantity, the Infiniti on quality (unless GM has worked wonders with the 2013 refresh).

With a powertrain and chassis from the Nissan Murano (and together with the upcoming 2013 Pathfinder), the JX35 derived performance neither impressed nor disappointed. Even with all-wheel-drive curb weight is a very reasonable £ 4,419, so the 3.5-liter V6's 265 hp is sufficient. The mandatory CVT supported by the engine in its power band, if necessary. I personally have no objection to the behavior of the CVT. When you do this, select Sport mode and imitates a conventional six-speed automatic. WOT go with front-wheel drive and there is some torque steer and front-end float, but not nearly enough to justify himself, all-wheel drive. Unlike in the MDX, which has an overdrive-inducing rear differential, is the JX all-wheel-drive system does not significantly improve the driving experience on dry roads.

Fuel consumption according to the EPA is 18 city / 24 highway earned with front-wheel drive and 18/23 with all-wheel drive, similar to the numbers of large domestic crossovers. The trip computer reported about 21 on my largely exurban route (rarely stops, speed typically between 40 and 60). Given the relatively low vehicle weight and CVT, it should be in a better position. Blame the aging process VQ V6 engine.

The JX, the ride and handling characteristics are also sufficient for the intended vehicle mission. The steering is light but well weighted, and even offers some feedback, if you are attentive. Body movements are controlled and lean pretty well, but hurry the JX and it feels heavy and out of his element, falling into a safe, dull plow. Did I really expect otherwise even with the technology package "active trace control"? Hope, perhaps. Expect no. The ride is generally smooth and quiet, but there are some "head movement" on rough roads (a byproduct of fat stabilizers) and (some minor nervousness over patchy pavement, the standard 18-inch wheels might help the vehicles tested had all the optional 20s). A "feature" that few people notice or be bothered if they do it: the 60 pages of the second series of often vibrates as if it harmonizes with a frequency in the suspension.

The Infiniti JX starts at $ 41,400. Add $ 1,100 for all-wheel drive. Tick all the boxes and the large sticker on balance reached $ 54,800, which is $ 540 under a 2012 Acura MDX with Advance Entertainment Package. But the old Acura lags security nanny department while the oh-so-2013 JX has it. All (ICC, FCW, BCI, DCA, BSW, BSI, LDW, LDP, XYZ, PDQ, WTF) BCI-Back-up Collision Intervention is a first: If the system detects that you're a backup in something, it automatically stops the vehicle. Between this and the around-view monitor Infiniti pioneered a few years ago (I'm a fan), the paint on the rear bumper of the JX should be good for the long haul. Use True Delta car price comparison tool to assign typical values of these properties to adjust the price accordingly and JX emerged with a nearly $ 3,700 price advantage over the MDX. Compared to a loaded 2012 Buick Enclave, a similarly equipped JX lists for $ 1,890 less before adjusting for feature differences, and about $ 3,200 less then. Although the Infiniti can be optioned in the mid-fifties, it's actually a good value. Willing to forego the pleasure bits for a lower price? Nissan Pathfinder has a closely related on the way.

In the end, I'm not sure how to answer the question of the introduction. In the next few years I'm going to take my children on a grand tour of the western national parks from Arizona to Alberta. If I do that, I want a spacious three-row vehicle with a sporty suspension like. I like how Infiniti drive like. My wife, they look and feel They could use their characteristic way of doing things stuck and have our perfect family truckster. But the entire auto industry has the futility Catering fecund driving enthusiasts for once-in-a-lifetime realized Rocky Mountain trips. The Cadillac SRX lost his barely-third line and moved with a front-wheel-drive platform. The relatively car-like Mercedes-Benz R-Class has been sold to the huge GL clumsier. Lexus never ending supplies a driver focused crossover, but peddle the RX, GX and LX. Infiniti car guy paid his taxes with the EX and FX, the former has sold poorly, the latter is just a bit better. So the JX, the standard emerging segment and clothe them just like an Infiniti, is only a surprise that it did not happen years ago. Unless you get off to safety nannies, there is no wow, and little in the way of driving enjoyment. But there are a lot nicer. The big question is not whether the JX will sell, it is, but how many other Infiniti will head down the same path.

Infiniti provided a few of the tested JXS, fuel, insurance, flight to Charleston, a chic boutique hotel and fine dining. Bill French at Novi Suburban Infiniti JX provided further so that I could test the drive on the Michigan roads. Bill can be reached 888-779-2907.

Michael Karesh operates TrueDelta.com, an online source for car reliability and real-world fuel economy information.