Climate Controlled Seats - 2013 Infiniti JX35 Long-Term Road Test

2013 Infiniti JX35 Long Term Road Test

2013 Infiniti JX35: Climate Controlled Seats

February 18, 2013

2013 Infiniti JX35

Heated and cooled front seats have become a must in upper end luxury cars and crossovers, but Infiniti does them right. Our 2013 Infiniti JX35's Climate Controlled front seats are part of its optional Deluxe Touring Package, which costs $2,550. They offer six overall settings, three for heat and three for cool, and they perform wonderfully.

But my favorite part of Infiniti's package is the controller itself. Unlike the button found in most cars, Infiniti uses a little dial.

Why is this better? Simple. In most other cars, that button needs to be pushed to activate the bun warmers each and every time you climb behind the wheel. Even if you just run up to an ATM and had left the car for a minute you must reactivate your seat heaters.

Infiniti had a better idea. Infiniti's dial remembers. It allows you to choose your favorite setting just once. No matter how many times you turn the car on and off, it always remains in that setting. So each and every time you climb behind the wheel that seat is climate controlled to your liking.

Infiniti has made the climate controlled seat a set-it-and-forget-it operation. And I think it's brilliant.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief


  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    What are you talking about? The ability to retain the setting you had it on is independent of whether you have a dial, or a button or whatever. My wife's Sienna Limited has a dial, and remembers your setting when you start up again. My SVT Focus has buttons...and it also turns on again upon restart if it was on when you shut down. My GTI has buttons, but does not remember, but that ability can be programmed in by the dealer or by the owner in a couple of minutes. None of that has anything to do with the control interface itself!

  • evodad evodad Posts:

    Seems almost like the dial is out of necessity because of the number of options (without making it a selection in a touchscreen - annoying or having multiple buttons - annoying, unsightly, takes up too much space). Definitely seems like a nice execution though. I'm curious what your CRV has, my wifes 2011 crv has sort of a toggle type switch that has three positions, high, low and off and it stays where you put it just like the infiniti.

  • ahightower ahightower Posts:

    Another advantage to memory - if you remote start the car on a cold (or hot) day, the seat will be ready for your pampered butt when you get there.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Cars need more dials and fewer buttons, where gradation is required.

  • spencerkatz spencerkatz Posts:

    I don't like it. I prefer BMW's approach. It doesn't stay where you left it, but it stays on if you are only out of the car for a short amount of time. Therefore, if you run to the ATM, it is still on when you get back in and turn the car on. Our Audi is always where you left it and more often than not I get out having had the seat heater on, and then get it, not realize it is still on, and then end up burning my rear off.

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