2013 Infiniti JX35: Needs More Power?
April 19, 2013
I'm hesitant to tell you that the Infiniti JX35 needs more power, but the Infiniti JX35 needs more power.
I'm hesitant because you may not feel the same way. If you're a driving enthusiast as I am, and that's for you to decide, you'll agree with me. If you are my wife or the dozens of other normal folks I've exposed to our long-term JX over the past 11 months, you will call me a power junky and give me an eye roll.
It's not that the JX is slow. In fact, its acceleration is on par with many of its competitors. And its 3.5-liter V6 is rated at 265 horsepower, which is a lot. It just doesn't feel fast. And I find myself pressing its throttle pedal all the way to the floor more often than I should have to, more often than I do when I'm driving other like vehicles.
Merging the Infiniti JX on the highway is a full throttle event, especially if it's loaded with people or things. Passing a slow truck on a two-lane road in the JX is also a pedal to the medal exercise, and there have been a few times when the JX just doesn't have the go to get the job done.
And that's a bad feeling. You pull out, introduce the JX's gas pedal to the carpet and quickly realize the Infiniti's V6 engine and CVT transmission just aren't getting you up past that truck quickly enough, so you retreat and fall back in line. Yes, even in Sport mode.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief