2013 Infiniti JX35: It's All Relative
September 25, 2012
There's nothing like going from a hybrid hatchback to a V6 SUV to put a bright light on fuel economy.
At the end of a few days in our 2013 Toyota Prius C, I had averaged 48 mpg. This morning's average mpg for the Infiniti JX35 was 19.7 mpg, according to the onboard computer. Our fleet fuel economy log puts the average a little lower: 18.7 mpg.
I'm not comparing the Toyota Prius C to the Infiniti JX35. That would be apples and oranges. Cats and dogs. Venus and Mars. But I wondered how the JX35's fuel economy would look if it were stacked up against the SUVs that our reviewers called out for comparison: the Acura MDX, Buick Enclave and Lincoln MKT.
The JX35 looks better in that company, as the fuel-economy comparison from fueleconomy.gov highlights in the image up top. The JX35 has its continuously variable transmission to thank for that -- and that's about all the thanks it deserves.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @9,547 miles