2013 Infiniti JX35: Enough Power For Most, But Not All
July 17, 2012
The lease on my brother's Acura MDX is about to expire. He loves his Acuras (he changes cars every three years and has had an MDX ever since I can remember), but he mentioned that he'd been intrigued by the JX35 when he first heard news of its arrival.
After taking a closer look at the Infiniti, he decided to stick with the MDX when his lease is over.
"What was it about the JX that turned you off?"I asked him.
He replied that it was all about horsepower and torque. With the MDX you get 300 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque. The JX35 comes up a bit short, with 265 hp and 248 lb-ft in its arsenal.
I reminded him that with the JX, you get a fuel economy advantage for the hp/torque deficit. The AWD MDX gets 16 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined, while the AWD JX gets 18/23/20 mpg (although, as you've no doubt read, our observed mileage hasn't quite hit these numbers). I also pointed out that for most situations, the JX offers power that's perfectly adequate.
But he wasn't sold. While I wouldn't consider him a hardcore enthusiast, he was eager and willing to sacrifice a few mpg for quicker acceleration (at 8.3 seconds, the JX is a second slower from 0-60 mph than the MDX).
How about you? JX or MDX?
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor