June 3, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 left us early in the month of May. In that short time we added another 800 miles to the odometer. The majority of those miles were the result of a weekend trip to Mammoth Lakes.
No records were broken in May. It seems like our JX35 fell into a comfortable fuel economy groove, averaging 18.1 mpg. This was equal to EPA city estimations.
May 23, 2013
Our long-term test fleet is in a constant state of renewal. One car leaves. A new one arrives. The latest to leave us is the 2013 Infiniti JX35.
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 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.
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 14, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 warns us of side-approaching traffic by flashing a blind spot warning light near the driver-side mirror on the inside of the car.
I find Infiniti's system is a more effective alert for me than some other cars. It pops up in my peripheral vision more so than the type that lights up on the actual side mirror outside of the car.
May 13, 2013
Our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 has adaptive cruise control which, like most such systems, is too conservative unless you're driving on very lightly trafficked freeways.
May 10, 2013
For Mother's Day we supplied a list of vehicles for Mom's who don't want to drive a minivan. I would add our long-term Infiniti JX35 to that list:
May 9, 2013
We were a little late in capturing this photo of our Infiniti JX35's odometer passing 20,000 miles. It's due for routine maintenance including an oil and filter change.
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.
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.
May 6, 2013
Not all tucheses are created equal. The bossman Scott Oldham recently took our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 on a road trip and came back raving about the seat comfort.
May 2, 2013
This month our long-term Infiniti JX35 took us on a trip to the desert in Borrego Springs, California where the heat soared up to 104 degrees. Even with the air conditioning on constant blast and continual hill climbs the JX was able to maintain close to its EPA rated combined 20 mpg in sport mode.
May 1, 2013
Over the weekend, our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 politely flashed a message asking for an oil change.
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 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 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.
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.
April 19, 2013
I'm hesitant to tell you that the Infiniti JX35 needs more power, but the Infiniti JX35 needs more power.
I'm hesitant because you may not feel the same way. If you're a driving enthusiast as I am, and that's for you to decide, you'll agree with me. If you are my wife or the dozens of other normal folks I've exposed to our long-term JX over the past 11 months, you will call me a power junky and give me an eye roll.
April 17, 2013
I'm consistently impressed by the comfort provided by our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35.
Two weeks ago I drove the luxury crossover about 1,500 miles including a road trip from Santa Monica to Scottsdale, Arizona and back, including a short side trip to the California/Mexico border. Such trips are a great way to evaluate the seat and ride comfort of a vehicle. After six hours behind the wheel you either appreciate a cars comfort or you're ready for that appointment with the chiropractor.
April 12, 2013
Last week I drove our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 about 1,500 miles including a road trip from the Pacific Ocean to Scottsdale, Arizona and back. The majority of the mileage was on the highway with four folks aboard, and all of it was covered with the JX drinking 87-octane fuel.
April 4, 2013
We've had our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 since May. And in July the Oldham's piled into the crossover for a Griswold-style road trip to Bend, Oregon and back to Los Angeles.
April 2, 2013
Our long-term Infiniti JX35 traveled 1,167 miles in the month of March. They must have been some pretty tough miles because over the course of five tanks of 91 octane gas, we only averaged 16.6 mpg this month, lower than our lifetime average of 18 mpg.
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.