2013 Infiniti JX35: The JX or the Pathfinder?
December 03, 2012
I was watching the Cowboys snatch a win over the Eagles last night and saw some ad spots for the new Pathfinder. Nissan's showcasing a lot of higher-end features that are also on our long-term JX35, including the 360-degree parking camera system, the dual-pane sunroof and the dual-screen rear entertainment system.
It turns out you can get the Pathfinder with nearly all of the high-end features that also come on the JX, including the heated/ventilated front seats, keyless ignition/entry, heated steering wheel and surround-sound Bose sound system. The underlying mechanicals are pretty much identical, too. What you do get with the JX35 is a more premium interior design and a few exclusive features, including xenon headlights and options like adaptive cruise control, collision warning and the lane departure/blind spot monitoring and intervention systems.
Yet if you load up a Pathfinder and stay away from the JX exclusive options, the Pathfinder will cost about $9,000 fewer as compared to an equivalent JX.
Undoubtedly, there's a market for the JX35. Yet these two vehicles are similar enough that I think the smart JX shopper would want to look at the Pathfinder as well, especially if he or she isn't planning on getting the exclusive safety features.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 12,272 miles