May 22, 2013
There is no shortage of varying opinions regarding the 2013 Infiniti JX35 in our long-term updates. With 35 or so unique drivers taking a turn behind the wheel, there's bound to be disagreements about any vehicle's strengths and flaws.
May 21, 2013
It's easy to forget how big our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 is compared to an average sedan, or even a small SUV. But every once in a while it reminds you that, yes, it's a big ol' SUV.
May 15, 2013
Even though we drove to Mammoth in the long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 for a snow weekend, it was warm and sunny out. And, yes, amazingly there still was snow on those peaks. But during a long road trip there IS such a thing as too much sun.
For driver JayKav, on the return trip home, it meant sun blinging off the chrome of the center console and right into his eyeballs like a laser beam. For me it was the unwanted three-hour suntanning session in the passenger seat.
Here's how we dealt with it.
May 8, 2013
See that picture of my dog Mya in our 2013 Infiniti JX35? We're on our way to Mammoth for our annual trip to catch the very last of snowboarding season. At this point in the road trip, we only have about 50 miles to go and she can't wait to get out. Normally she's great on long road trips. We've taken her to Sacramento, San Francisco and Sonoma and she'd spend the entire trip asleep. So this time I couldn't figure out why during this trip she was all groan-y and fidgety. It couldn't be because of the car.
It's not as loud as the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, which she disliked. She had ample room sitting back there with my friend Esther and we stopped occasionally for doggy bathroom breaks. At one point we pulled over to the side of the road because she was all whiney. I figured she wanted to go potty. She didn't.
April 30, 2013
I'm a minivan lover, and I'm not ashamed to admit it. There's a time and place for a sporty coupe, but unlike a convenient, cargo-and people-consuming minivan, a coupe has no place in my daily life.
But for those afraid of the minivan stigma, the Infiniti JX crossover is about as close as you can get without the benefit of sliding doors.
April 26, 2013
We descended upon both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure Theme Parks. With newfound appreciation for cars, it was only natural we found ourselves at Cars Land where racers, flying tires, and tractors surrounded us.
It was a day of momentum. We soared over California. We swam with Nemo. We spun in teacups and trained to be Jedi Knights. If that wasn't enough, we cruised Autotopia twice, and boarded the Disneyland Railroad stopping just outside of ToonTown where none other than Mickey and Minnie waved goodbye to us on our stroll back to the Infiniti JX35.
April 25, 2013
Living and working in Southern California has many benefits. First, the warm weather and dry climate make people happier. Sure, the traffic and earthquakes can change people's moods, but the balance is more than fair towards the good.
When entertaining guests in any city, transportation is often the key to a smooth trip or calamity. Add to that brew three young children aged 4, 8 and 11 and the pressure is on to keep future drivers safe and the trip packed with happy memories.
After negotiating the proper times for traffic it was all on the shoulders of the vehicle that would be my visiting family's first impression of how my hosting skills would be judged.
March 15, 2013
This weekend I simultaneously stuffed one folding table, ten small chairs and two straw bales into the JX35's cargo area.
Then I vacuumed. A lot.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 15,900 miles
February 28, 2013
Clearly, this isn't the intended use of the JX35's rear seat entertainment system. But old habits die hard. I still like to turn around while in reverse and brace myself against the passenger headrest, and there's a perfect finger-grabrest thanks to the headrest monitor's screen bezel.
February 21, 2013
The 2013 Infiniti JX35 is a long stretch removed from the sporty, fun-to-drive vehicles we're used to Nissan's luxury brand producing. You know, like the FX and the G. But in terms of moving lots of people and stuff in quiet comfort, the JX definitely gets the job done.
February 18, 2013
Heated and cooled front seats have become a must in upper end luxury cars and crossovers, but Infiniti does them right. Our 2013 Infiniti JX35's Climate Controlled front seats are part of its optional Deluxe Touring Package, which costs $2,550. They offer six overall settings, three for heat and three for cool, and they perform wonderfully.
But my favorite part of Infiniti's package is the controller itself. Unlike the button found in most cars, Infiniti uses a little dial.
February 14, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 (as well as our new long-term Jeep Cherokee SRT8) is equipped with a 120 volt AC outlet, or a plug, as you might call it around the home. It's a great feature. And I use it. All the time.
It's on the rear of the console between the JX's front seats and it can be turned on with an easily reached button on the crossover's dashboard. Turning it off keeps things safer for little ones riding in the back seat.
February 12, 2013
Our 2013 Infiniti JX35's Climate Controlled front seats and its heated rear seats are part of its optional Deluxe Touring Package, which costs $2,550. But its heated steering wheel is oddly part of the optional $3,100 Technology Package, which also includes Infiniti's very cool Back-Up Collision Intervention (BCI), remote engine start and a laundry list of other worthwhile gadgets that seem right out of The Jetsons.
January 24, 2013
When it comes to luxury vehicles, it's often the little things that make a difference. A good example is the rear seat climate control setup in our JX35. As you can see, it's nothing particularly fancy, but it is there. There are plenty of luxury crossovers that don't go this far, so the rear passengers are left at the mercy of those in front.
It may sound trivial, but after driving carpool on a few cold mornings, the ability for my rear passengers to leave the heat cranked up well after I was plenty warm up front earned some high marks from the peanut gallery.
If I had to complain, I would only say that I wish the front seat controls were so simple. Obviously, there's more functionality involved, but it takes time to get used to where the ventilation controls are in relation to the more obvious temperature buttons. A small complaint, but one I've noticed more than a few times.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 13,842 miles
January 17, 2013
In case you didn't know, our JX35 is very serious about its glass roofs. Two of them. The front sunroof is standard equipment. The rear, however, which covers both the second and third rows, is optional and part of the $2,950 Deluxe Touring Package .
Here are a few photos for you sunroof enthusiasts out there.
July 25, 2012
Yesterday I was impressed by all the technology that was jammed into the side mirror of our Escape. Today, it's the back of the center console in our JX35. Don't ask my why I find this interesting 'cause it's not really, but man look at all that stuff jammed onto the back of what used to be nothing more than an armrest.
You have not one, but two power points, seat heater controls, volume for headphones and RCA jacks for a game system. Not only that, but above that there are rear climate controls and vents for the back passengers. And we wonder why cars cost so much these days.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com