An Uphill Battle - 2013 Infiniti JX35 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Infiniti JX35 Long Term Road Test

2013 Infiniti JX35: An Uphill Battle

January 31, 2013

2013 Infiniti JX35

Trying to merge the 4,400+ pound, 265-horsepower Infiniti JX35 onto the freeway is laborious. It lumbers along while its CVT advances through its pulleys.

It's heavy and it feels heavy. Passing is difficult. But once the JX35 gets going, it offers a comfortable, quiet ride.

I could see buying the seven-passenger JX35 as a minivan alternative. It makes a much more luxurious and attractive companion. But its lack of oomph makes me wish for a bit more spunk.

I'm not a minivan fan, but I'd rather drive a Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey feels light on its feet and sportier in a middle-aged kind of way.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 14,263 miles


  • jederino jederino Posts:

    Minivans offer superior packaging to SUVs. If you don't haul a heavy trailer or drive off-road to get home, an SUV is a fashion accessory. And this SUV may not have the grunt to tow!

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts: weighs as much as a minvan and has the same engine as a minivan...? AWD. This is putting way less hp to the pavement than a FWD minivan.

  • legacygt legacygt Posts:

    Given that I've read that the 3.5+CVT is underwhelming in the Altima, I'm not surprised to read that it's not quite getting it done in the JX. I wonder if Infiniti spent any time considering the 3.7+traditional automatic combination. I drive a CX-9 with Mazda's 3.7 and I'd have to say that it has plenty of power for merging, passing and hills. Only downside is the mileage and I think that was the focus for the JX which is actually pretty efficient for a vehicle of its size. I think you might find it doing almost as well as the Ecoboost Explorer you had in the long term fleet while providing more usable power and AWD.

  • jederino jederino Posts:

    I have the VQ35 in the G sedan, and it is great, but I guess being a half-ton lighter than the SUV makes a big difference. Why it sucks in the Altima, though, just makes no sense. Perhaps its the CVT.

  • niss_lover niss_lover Posts:

    I don't know who or what your sources are legacygt, but the 3.5 anything Altima is far from underwhelming. As far as I have read, the new CVT in the 2013 Altima 3.5 is just as fast as the last gen 07-09 3.5 Manual, which is 5.8-5.9 secs to 60. If that's considered underwhelming for a mid-size family sedan, you may need to lower your expectations a little.

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