2013 Infiniti JX35: Road Trip Steering Action
May 7, 2013
Road trips often involve long stretches of freeway driving. The boring ones do, anyway. Besides, you wouldn't choose the Infiniti JX35 for one of those road trips that involved fun roads. It just isn't a performance-oriented kind of carryall/wagon/crossover thing. But I digress.
On said long freeway stretches you get a really good idea of a car's straight-line stability. The JX35 itself feels well-planted here, but its steering requires constant corrections around center to maintain a straight heading. It's not Honda Insight-bad levels of steering corrections, but it is noticeable.
So, electric power steering (EPS), then, right? Nope. I originally assumed the same, that this hysteresis was a byproduct of EPS, as it so often is. But it turns out the Infiniti JX35 has hydraulic-electric steering, meaning it has an electrically-driven hydraulic pump. Go figure.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor