May 17, 2013
This morning on the way to school, my daughter says, "If I'm ever a famous musician, I'm going to have a short name and only use short song titles."
"What? Where did THAT come from?" I thought.
April 29, 2013
The last leg of our week-long adventure saw Santa Monica, CA as our starting point with many different daily destinations. This was the most intensive test for the Infiniti JX35 for we worked the automobile through all forms of beachfront, city, and freeway life on the road exploring the best L.A. had to offer.
The standard of family-sized vehicles used to mean a lot of space at the expense of low MPG and high fuel costs. We traveled more than 400 miles over the week and didn't have to worry about too many stops at a gas station. I filled up after the weekend at Disneyland and didn't need gasoline until the family departed LAX and returned back to the Midwest almost a week later. The average MPG matched the OEM claims exceeding 18 mpg for the trip. Do we want more? Of course.
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 24, 2013
I had to go to the Bay Area and was handed the keys to one of my favorite cars: the 2013 Infiniti JX35. I felt a bit wasteful driving alone in the big luxury SUV, but I enjoyed using the advanced technology systems such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.
On the way north I took the scenic Highway 101 up through Santa Barbara. But on the way back I had to leave San Francisco during rush hour and took the Bay Bridge to Interstate 5. I found myself in traffic that was going from about 5 mph to 65 mph and back again. Here's what I learned about the adaptive cruise control.
March 29, 2013
As you know by now, I have the first-generation iPod Touch. Most of the cars in our fleet have started to ignore it. Our Jaguar XF still plays it for me. But even our Honda CR-V, which I wrote a post about how well it operated, has started to ignore it.
I thought I was doing a good thing by upgrading its software. But now it's like it doesn't exist when connected to a car.
March 20, 2013
My two favorite things about of our 2013 Infiniti JX35 share one screen: the stereo and the parking cameras.
I'm a big fan of subwoofers, and I'll always remember what my father told me about music, "If it's too loud, you're too old." Driving to work this morning I decided on a record I like to play to test the quality of speakers, Mumford and Sons' Sigh No More. Marcus Mumford has a voice that encourages singing along vigorously in traffic and no commute is truly complete without a banjo of some sort.
March 1, 2013
Maybe I'm easily impressed, but I think the audio interfaces in Nissan/Infiniti premium models are among the best around right now. Even better than BMW's traditional design. Simple, streamlined and, but for the plasti-chrome trim, a classic look.
I know everything is going touchscreen, dial controller and i-Thing eventually, but score one for redundant buttons and an interface you can almost work by memory and touch.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor @ 16,800 miles
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.
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