We're so excited to welcome the new 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD to our long-term fleet. This all-new 7-seater is chock full of features, including a 256 horsepower 3.5-liter V6engine and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with manual shift mode.This stylish SUV also offers a plethora of luxury options, but we'll see how well it fills the need for a photo shoot support vehicle.

The most highly anticipated feature of the JX is the Back-Up Collision Intervention, which is part of the Technology package we opted for in our vehicle. Remote Engine Start, Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Distance Control Assist (which beeps at the driver if the vehicle is approaching an object too quickly... say, if you're not watching the road because you're texting!) are other key features in this package.

The JX is great for long-distance treks. I comfortably drove nearly 1500 miles round-trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats.

With a base price of $41,550, the JX offers a lot of luxury for the dollar. Standard features include leather seats, tinted power moonroof, power remote rear liftgate, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but we optioned our Diamond Slate JX with every available package, bringing the final price to $54,800.

Our JX35 embraces its occupants in Java-tinted leather, with heated and cooled front seats, heated second-row seats, a rear moonroof with a power sunshade, and Bose Cabin Surround sound system. The Theater Package entertains rear passengers with dual 7-inch monitors with wireless headphones, auxiliary audio/video input, and rear headphone jacks with volume control.

One of the most highly anticipated optional features Infiniti offers is the Backup Collision Intervention, which will engage the brakes to prevent the vehicle from backing into an object (or person!). Other safety features include the Intelligent Brake Assist and Forward Collision Warning, helping distracted drivers avoid colliding with stopped or slowing traffic ahead.

While the cargo capacity is no match for a minivan's, even with the second and third-row seats folded forward, the JX35 has the potential to handle the demands of numerous passengers or loads of gear. We'll see how it holds up.

Infiniti JX35 AWD
BASE PRICE $42,500
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
ENGINE 3.5L/265-hp/248-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION Cont variable auto
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4541 lb (55/45%)
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 187/147 kW-hrs/100 mi
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 196.4 x 77.2 x 67.8
CO2 EMISSION 0.97 lb/mi
MT FIGURE EIGHT 29.3 sec @ 0.56 g (avg)
0-60 mph 8.2 sec
QUARTER MILE 16.3 sec @ 88.5 mph
EPA City/Hwy/Comb Fuel Econ 18/23/20 mpg
BRAKING DISTANCE120 ft @ 60-0 mph