Why a Crossover Makes Sense - 2013 Infiniti JX35 Long-Term Road Test
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2013 Infiniti JX35 Long Term Road Test

2013 Infiniti JX35: Why a Crossover Makes Sense

January 29, 2013

2013 Infiniti JX35

Crossovers often get a bad rap. They're either considered wannabe SUVs or ill-proportioned wagons. Once you use one for a while, however, it's easy to see why they're popular.

The JX is a good example as it drives far better than most real SUVs. It has a precise suspension, quiet interior and good performance for a V6-powered vehicle of its size. It's easy to forget how big it really is.

Then the other day I decided to buy a storage chest for my bedroom. It's about five feet wide and thankfully not very heavy. I was hesitant to buy it at first since I wasn't sure if it would fit in the JX. Turns out I was way off.

After folding down the seats, there was more than enough room. I didn't even have to pack stuff in neatly, the chest fit fine leaving plenty of space for other cargo. Once I got it home, I just flipped the seats back up and it was back to a seven-passenger people hauler. Not a bad combination of utility and third-row passenger space.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 13,861 miles


Comments

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    also (usually) enough ground clearence to not have to worry about curbs and speedbumps. as a lot of cars and hatchbacks get lower and lower to the ground you can really apretiate not scrapping your front bumper off all around town.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    Actually I love Crossovers, and that's because they're the right tool for the job people seem to designate to large SUVs. They have more space, more seats, that higher seating position that everybody loves, but with the exclusion of the beefier frame, bigger engine, tow rating, and ground clearance. The result is what most people actually want, a large, more efficient vehicle with better road manners.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    I can't really think of any job this vehicle can do that an AWD Sienna could not do. And I can think of quite a few that the Sienna could do better - it could carry that chest with only one of the rear seats folded down. You could still have 5 people in it.

  • wackford wackford Posts:

    Still don't see the benefit of a crossover, compared to a wagon or minivan. Can't really take it off-road, so what's the point? A minivan or wagon can do what a crossover can do just as well, if not better. Seems to me the only justification is image, and if that's important to you that's OK.

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