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 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.
March 15, 2013
This weekend I simultaneously stuffed one folding table, ten small chairs and two straw bales into the JX35's cargo area.
Then I vacuumed. A lot.
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor @ about 15,900 miles
January 29, 2013
Crossovers often get a bad rap. They're either considered wannabe SUVs or ill-proportioned wagons. Once you use one for a while, however, it's easy to see why they're popular.
The JX is a good example as it drives far better than most real SUVs. It has a precise suspension, quiet interior and good performance for a V6-powered vehicle of its size. It's easy to forget how big it really is.
Then the other day I decided to buy a storage chest for my bedroom. It's about five feet wide and thankfully not very heavy. I was hesitant to buy it at first since I wasn't sure if it would fit in the JX. Turns out I was way off.
After folding down the seats, there was more than enough room. I didn't even have to pack stuff in neatly, the chest fit fine leaving plenty of space for other cargo. Once I got it home, I just flipped the seats back up and it was back to a seven-passenger people hauler. Not a bad combination of utility and third-row passenger space.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 13,861 miles
August 07, 2012
This I like.
Infiniti designed the hinges on the JX's rear cargo bin to hold its lid open at any angle between 45 and 90 degrees. Open it this far and it will hold position until you're done loading. It's also damped so you can drop it without a slam, which is always good if you've got kids around.
August 01, 2012
My worst obsesive tendencies come out when packing for a long trip. This leads me to unconventional thinking. In this case it produced this attempt to maximize use of the JX's vertical space by standing bikes up tranversely rather than simply laying them down in the storage area (relax, this is a test fit with only one bike -- and it's clean). As you may or may not recall, I need to carry two bikes, two people and bunch of backpacking/climbing gear about 1,500 miles.
Bikes are terribly awkard things...
...and carrying them efficiently is rarely possible. They're too tall to stand up in the cargo area. But I knew if I could get two of them to stand up on the floor I could avoid stacking our other luggage on top of them. And it looked like it was going to be possible:
July 16, 2012
We're in the middle of renovating a small half bathroom and it has become the project that will never end. In the big box is a 36-inch wood vanity. In the smaller, much heavier box is the vanity's marble top and sink.
Will they fit in our long-term Infiniti JX35?
June 14, 2012
It's always interesting to see how well (or poorly) our test gear fits into the fleet of long-term vehicles. This week it was the Infiniti JX35's turn. And yeah, it was a no-brainer that it would fit.
But how well?
One of Chief Road Test Editor Chris Walton's goals when loading our test gear is to get all of it in the trunk of a sedan without using the rear seat, or in an SUV without having to fold down the second row. These are the things that make him happy...
The test equipment definitely wasn't going to fit behind the third row seats in the JX, but not much of a chore to stack it behind the second row. Easy, in fact.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 2,043 miles.
June 08, 2012
It appears the new kid on the block, the Infiniti JX35 has been busy hauling from the day it arrived. It fits a ladder, a huge box of Jeep parts, even a Riswick. Then it should come as no surprise it fits a wing. I was asked to transport the 1985 Porsche 911's "Whale Tail" to a shop for re-installation. As you can see, it fit with ease behind the second row.
June 04, 2012
The JX's power liftgate works great, but it is a little slow to react when you ask it to do its dance.
Watch the video and you'll see what I mean. Listen for the beeps.
June 04, 2012
Yes, and with a ton of room to spare. Notice the ladder isn't close to touching the Infiniti's front seats, yet there's still plenty of room between it and the JX's liftgate.
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