Highlights: The JX35 is a new addition to the Infiniti family. Its based-off of the same platform as the current-generation Nissan Pathfinder. And the JX35 is being built in Tennessee.
Seating Capacity: 7 occupants
Towing Capacity: upwards of 3,500 lbs
Standard Safety Features: airbags (front, side, driver and curtain); ABS; electronic brake force distribution; vehicle dynamic control; traction control system; and a tire pressure monitoring system
Standard Equipment: 18-inch wheels; front-wheel drive model; leather heated seats; power front seats; automatic high-intensity discharge lamps; power moonroof; tri-zone temperature control; remote rear tailgate; power tilt/telescopic steering wheel; rearview back-up camera;
Standard Audio: a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD with satellite radio
Powertrain Warranty: 6 years or 70,000 miles
Bluetooth Compatibility: Included
Ipod Compatibility: Included
MP3 Capability: Included
a USB audio interface: Included
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 3.5-liter/6-cylinder/265-horsepower
Standard Fuel Mileage: 18-city/24-hwy
Pros: This is the first Infiniti that rides more like a luxury car than a sports performance vehicle. The brand-new JX is available in either a front-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive configuration.
The Infiniti JX is spacious and roomy, offering three rows of seats. Unlike most vehicles offering a third-row, the sliding second-row seat in the JX travels approximately six inches forward, creating plenty of legroom for those who happen to be planted in the third-row. So, with this being the case, it’s easy for the third-row occupants to enter the rear without removing the second-row seats, as long as they enter from the right side of the vehicle.
Besides the spacious room and the car-like ride, The JX is available with Infiniti’s latest technology, too. Consumers can opt for a moving object detection system, a lane departure warning system, a lane departure warning system, a blind-spot system and a radar-activated cruise control system are a part of the Technology package.
The JX is also available with a Theater package, which consists of two 7-inch color monitors located on the back of each front headrest, two wireless headphones, a remote, auxiliary audio/video input jacks and a 120v power outlet.
Moreover, a Deluxe Touring package can be added to the option list. This package includes 20-inch aluminum wheels, a Bose surround sound audio system, ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a rain-sensing windshield wiper system and a fixed sunroof for the rear occupants.
And the last package the JX can be outfitted with is a Premium package. This package consists of a 13-speaker audio system, a voice-activated nav system and dual memory seats.
Lastly, the JX can be outfitted with a few standalone features, too. Some of those features include illuminated kick plates, splash guards and roof rail crossbars.
Cons: While Infiniti is pitching this as a seven-seater vehicle. Realistically, it’s a tight fit for average-size adults to enter the third row. Furthermore, the third seats aren’t designed to accommodate adults for an extended road trip. The rear seat is better suited for kids. More so, when the third-row seats are in use it not only minimizes the cargo area, but the fold-away headrests obstruct the driver’s view. The engineers should consider offering captain chairs as an option to the bench second-row seats.
Added to that, for buyers looking for a performance oriented crossover, consumers should shy away from the JX, since it rides more like a luxury car.
Finally, the gas gauge indicator is mismarked. The gas door opener is actually on the opposite side of the fuel indicator light, which is located on the instrument panel. Go figure.
Verdict: The JX is a great addition to the Infiniti line up. Its larger than the sports performance FX and it’s easier to navigate than the truck-like QX. Not only does the vehicle provide a luxury-car ride, the JX provides an abundance of high-tech amenities, too. The JX is on par with the segment leader, the Buick Enclave. For consumers in the market for the JX, the name will only be around for one model year. Next year the name changes alphabets from JX to the QX. A hybrid model is on the horizon, becoming the first seven-passenger luxury hybrid crossover in this segment.
Competition: Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Buick Enclave