2013 Infiniti JX35: Remarkable Dirt Road Ride Quality
March 14, 2013
Last Saturday I drove the JX down the most poorly maintained (but still maintained) gravel road in Orange County. It was wet. This particular road is easily accessible and just about the only place in the county to find mud. So it's a homing beacon for fools after a rain storm.
Because of high idiot factor the road is often riddled with potholes and littered with overturned brodozers. And there's nothing brodozer drivers like less while they're upside down than being passed by a crossover luxury SUV which shares its platform with a car.
But that's just what happened Saturday morning. I didn't even lift as I passed the first of two inverted trophy truck wannabees. More importantly, I noticed that not only was I going quickly, but I was doing so in remarkable comfort. Turns out, the JX is blessed with both adequate damping and a fair amount of wheel travel, not things I would expect in a big, soft crossover.
But as I charged down the road the JX swallowed the washboard like I was on a smooth ribbon of pavement. Later in the day it dried out.
So I did it again.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 15,900 miles