2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD: Hauling Bulky Jeep Parts
May 30, 2012
Yes, I know; cargo shots aren't sexy. But the key to our new 2013 Infiniti JX35 happened to be handy when the time came to relocate our 2012 Jeep Wrangler's new Expedition One front bumper from the mailroom to the shop, several miles away.
At exactly 72 inches long, the bumper box turns out to be a great bulky-item test subject. I may actually keep it around for comparison in other vehicles after the bumper installation is complete.
Here in the JX it fits perfectly, albiet with no front-to-back room to spare because of the way the hatch kinks forward near the upper corner of the box. I did have to slide the front passenger seat forward an inch or so from rear max, however, but only to make sure the hatch closed. After that I was able to power the seat back into a comfortable position.
If I had placed the box behind the driver's seat I could have deployed the "40" part of the 60/40 middle row to accomodate a third passenger. Even without that extra human the raised seatback would have served as a handy fence to keep the box from scooting around.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 1,230 miles