2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD Arrival
Photo Gets Its Newest Gear Hauler
As Motor Trend's photo editor, I need a vehicle that can carry all my gear to photo shoots. This limits me to minivans, SUVs, trucks, and the occasional wagon. I just finished a year of driving the Honda Odyssey, and my replacement vehicle for this year is the 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD SUV.
The JX's 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivers 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, propelling drivers from zero to 60 in 8.2 seconds. The continuously variable transmission offers a manual shift mode, and adjusts revs to accommodate the Drive Mode Selector among Standard, Sport, Snow, and Eco modes. EPA estimates the JX will average a combined 20 mpg (18/23 city/highway).
"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|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$54,800|
|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%)|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.76 g (avg)|
|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 DISTANCE||120 ft @ 60-0 mph|