Remarkable Dirt Road Ride Quality - 2013 Infiniti JX35 Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Infiniti JX35 Long Term Road Test

2013 Infiniti JX35: Remarkable Dirt Road Ride Quality

March 14, 2013

2013 Infiniti JX35

Last Saturday I drove the JX down the most poorly maintained (but still maintained) gravel road in Orange County. It was wet. This particular road is easily accessible and just about the only place in the county to find mud. So it's a homing beacon for fools after a rain storm.

Because of high idiot factor the road is often riddled with potholes and littered with overturned brodozers. And there's nothing brodozer drivers like less while they're upside down than being passed by a crossover luxury SUV which shares its platform with a car.

But that's just what happened Saturday morning. I didn't even lift as I passed the first of two inverted trophy truck wannabees. More importantly, I noticed that not only was I going quickly, but I was doing so in remarkable comfort. Turns out, the JX is blessed with both adequate damping and a fair amount of wheel travel, not things I would expect in a big, soft crossover.

But as I charged down the road the JX swallowed the washboard like I was on a smooth ribbon of pavement. Later in the day it dried out.

So I did it again.

Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 15,900 miles


Comments

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    That all works right up until the moment a small sharp stone gets into the wimpy sidewall of one of those low-profile tyres.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Would it be possible for you to take the Impreza out there and see how it does? My mother is thinking of buying one, and this looks exactly like some roads she takes somewhat frequently. Either way, thanks!

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