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2013 Infiniti JX35 NADAguides Test Drive Review
When looking for a premium vehicle but still demanding a level of practicality, there is no shortage of premium crossover utility vehicles in the 2013 marketplace. The presentation of size and space actually translates well for a vehicle type defined for its mass. A seven-passenger luxury crossover vehicle, the 2013 Infiniti JX35 enters a crowded segment where utility goes hand-in-hand with luxury. Newly introduced as an intermediate option between the Infiniti EX37 and the large QX56, the JX35 is an ideal fit for growing families.
Built on the same platform as the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, the Infiniti JX35 is molded into a clean, yet sophisticated exterior shape. Projecting a sense of size, the 2013 Infiniti JX35 is well proportioned without being bulky. Chrome touches on the door handles and window trims provide a stylish look but not overdone in any way. 18-inch, five-spoke aluminum alloy wheels come standard on the 2013 Infiniti JX35 with two varieties of 20-inch wheels available as optional.
The 2013 Infiniti JX35 roof pillars are well-positioned to limit blind spots for maximum visibility and easy maneuvering. For additional assistance with driving and parking, a Blind Spot Warning system is an optional feature on the JX35. Alerting the driver using an orange flashing light in the side mirrors, the Blind Spot Warning system can also be coupled with the available Blind Spot Intervention system which provides selective braking if objects are detected close in a neighboring traffic lane. Similar to the Blind Spot Intervention system, the 2013 JX35 offers a back-up collision avoidance system that will apply brakes to prevent impact with objects while reversing. Four-wheel disc brakes are backed up by an anti-lock braking system that also includes Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Brake Assist for safe stops within an appropriate distance.
Behind the wheel of the 2013 Infiniti JX35, drivers will enjoy the grip of the comfortable, leather-wrapped steering wheel which has the option of a heated steering wheel for those cold crisp mornings. Tilt and telescopic adjustment is also included on the JX35 so the driver can obtain their preferred comfort level while navigating the crossover vehicle. Through the steering console, handling of the Infiniti JX35 is response. Impressive for its curb weight between 4,280 and 4,419 pounds, the JX35 moves smoothly without the lag of a big vehicle. Four driving modes (Standard, Sport, Eco and Snow) allow the 2013 Infiniti JX35 to deliver tailored throttle and shift control under various road conditions.
The only powerplant available on the 2013 Infiniti JX35, a double overhead cam 3.5 liter V-6 engine containing technology such as a variable induction control system for greater low and medium speed efficiency. While existing as the lowest output engine available on the Infiniti crossover vehicle line-up for 2013, the 24-valve 3.5 liter V-6 powerplant is effective in providing decent acceleration and performance to the JX35. Fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the 2013 Infiniti JX35 smoothly applies engine power. Driving in Sport mode, the Infiniti’s CVT uses a series of simulated gear ratios providing a realistic feeling of driving with an automatic transmission. Fuel efficient for the 2013 Infiniti JX35 is good for a larger crossover but may be a bit on the thirsty side for some drivers. With a gallon of gasoline, the JX35 can coast 18 miles in city driving or 23 miles when cruising on highways with the all-wheel drive model. The Eco mode setting will allow motorists to better regulate through use of acceleration and fuel to achieve optimum fuel economy. The 2013 Infiniti JX35 is offered as a front-wheel drive vehicle or with an Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.
In addition to the driver, up to six additional passengers can ride inside the premium crossover vehicle’s cabin. Up to eight cupholders and six bottle holders present occupants with plenty of places to set refreshments for longer trips. While first and second row seating is roomy enough for adults with legroom exceeding 41 inches. With only 30.2 inches of legroom, the third row seating presents smaller space and somewhat challenging access that is preferable for children.
Featuring a cabin consisting of quality leather and maple wood accents, seven passengers riding inside of the 2013 Infiniti JX35 instantly realizes a sense of luxury. Put together in a warm and welcoming presentation, the JX35 interior involves a thoughtful design. Knobs and buttons are placed for easy access without bombarding the users with excessive controls. Standard on all 2013 Infiniti JX35 is a seven-inch color vehicle information display that also serves as the back-up camera monitor when reversing. With the available Premium Package, a host of electronic add-ons include an Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System. Operated through an eight-inch touch screen, the 2013 JX35 can be a little tricky to use at first but is ultimately no more difficult than the systems currently found in many other vehicles. With a six-speaker audio system standard on the 2013 Infiniti JX35, the Premium Package includes an upgrade to a 13-speaker Bose Premium Audio System with an Acoustic Waveguide subwoofer. A 15-speaker surround sound system is also offered with the JX35. Standard on all 2013 Infiniti JX35 is Sirius XM satellite radio with a three-month trial subscription. HomeLink, front and second row heated seats, keyless entry as well as Bluetooth connectivity are other high-tech features available on the 2013 Infiniti JX35 crossover vehicle. Also optional on the JX35 is a rear seat entertainment array consisting of two seven-inch color monitors with wireless headphones and remote control.
With seven passengers inside the 2013 Infiniti JX35, 15.8 cubic feet of cargo volume space can be utilized. When the 2013 Infiniti JX35 is not loaded to full passenger capacity, folding down the second and third row seating can present up to 149.8 cubic feet of cargo space. A standard power liftgate on the crossover vehicle provides easy access to the rear cargo area.
Changes are ahead for the Infiniti JX35 as the Japanese luxury car brand has already admitted plans for converting their current vehicle nameplates to emphasize the letter “Q’. For 2014, this premium crossover utility will be known as the Infiniti QX60 but will continue to embody the many redeeming qualities defined in this 2013 JX35.