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 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 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.
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 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.
March 13, 2013
The email from Car Czar Mike Schmidt arrived at 6:58 this morning. It was a simple assignment: Drop the JX off at the Infiniti dealer for its 15,000-mile service which should consist of an oil and filter change, tire rotation, and interior cabin filter replacement. The total should tally about $170 according to Schmidt.
March 8, 2013
You already know the Infiniti line-up will all be renamed Q-something. At the 2013 New York Auto Show, we'll get a look at the 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid.
February 27, 2013
This week our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 was pulled out of regular test-fleet duty to service as a logistics vehicle for Hackomotive 2013, an Edmunds' hosted event set to revolutionize the car shopping experience.
February 26, 2013
We've reached the 15,000 milestone with our 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD. In general it's been doing pretty well, although we have suffered through some annoyances and recalls.
We'll blame the cracked windshield on Wyoming. Or Jacquot.
The recalls included a potentially faulty fuel tank tube and reprogramming of the Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA).
February 25, 2013
Actually, the steering in our long-term Infiniti JX35 AWD could be a lot better.
Initial turn-in is pretty quick for such a large and heavy SUV. But there's almost no feeling to the overboosted steering whatsoever. You really have no idea what those front tires are doing.
February 21, 2013
The 2013 Infiniti JX35 is a long stretch removed from the sporty, fun-to-drive vehicles we're used to Nissan's luxury brand producing. You know, like the FX and the G. But in terms of moving lots of people and stuff in quiet comfort, the JX definitely gets the job done.
December 19, 2012
Earlier this month, BMW announced that they would be ditching decades of brand building and market familiarity and rebranding the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible as the 4 Series. The move was?questionable, and now Infiniti is doing the same thing.
The G is gone. The M is gone. The FX and JX are, too. Instead, everyone gets a Q. Next year for example, our Infiniti JX35 will be known as the QX60. Clearly this will be instantly recognizable to shoppers compared with the QX50 (nee EX), the QX70 (nee FX) and the QX80 (nee QX) and nobody will confuse it with Volvo's XC60, XC70 or XC90. Or with any current Infiniti product.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor
August 21, 2012
The Infiniti JX has been recalled to address an inaccurate fuel gauge. The gauges on some JX models have been overestimating the amount of fuel available. This could cause drivers to run out of gas without notice, which could lead to stalling while in motion, and/or getting stranded.
Infiniti reports that 1,116 models are impacted, and the manufacturer says it plans to start getting in touch with affected owners in the near future. The problem will be solved by dealers free of charge.
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor
August 17, 2012
"Welcome to Wyoming." That's what the sign says. What it should say is this: "Welcome to Wyoming Where There Are Two Seasons: Winter and Road Construction."
August 14, 2012
Yup, that's the shot I promised. When it comes to open space and easy photography, it's hard to beat Wyoming. Idaho, however, might just have it beat.
July 30, 2012
It's official. The JX wins the Jacquot vacation lottery. It was a close race, but because of its luxury amenities and space it was a fairly easy choice over the Explorer and Grand Cherokee.
July 30, 2012
The NHTSA is looking into two complaints from consumers who reported false application of emergency braking in the 2013 Infiniti JX35.
In one driver's case, the car brought itself to a stop in the middle of a bridge. Luckily, no accident resulted. He then drove the car directly to the dealership where they turned off the intelligent brake assist systems. After it happened to him again on the same bridge, he returned the car and was granted a refund.
Infiniti spokesman Kyle Bazemore in a phone conversation with Edmunds.com said We are aware of the two complaints to NHTSA. We are investigating the issue. As soon as we have made a determination, we will provide a comment.
These types of complaints could result in a recall. We haven't had any problems with our long-term 2013 Infiniti JX35 except for a rattling roof rack, which was replaced. We'll keep you posted as this story develops.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
July 27, 2012
Next week I'm hauling from Southern California to the Tetons (yes, the ones in Wyoming). I'll be taking on of our long-term cars. Here's the deal: Because I'm I fan of sanity, the four-year old, one-year old and wife will be boarding a plane the same day I leave. They will be bound, utlimately, for the same destination.
The car I take has to haul two people, two bikes and piles of backpacking and climbing gear. That leaves only a few options:
I've got it boiled down to between the JX35, Explorer, and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. Unfortunately,the Quest isn't available. What would you take?
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor
July 24, 2012
If you grab hold of this and drive north to Bend, Oregon, and then by a miracle find your way back again to Los Angeles. you are pretty well assured that the odometer will be registering some serious miles.
Thanks to Mr. Oldham's recent adventure, the 2013 Infiniti JX35 is showing some 5,166 miles. It's a fine and luxurious ride for a family. You'll be stopping at gas stations, though, as the trip computer suggests here. And then sure as heck someone will want an ice cream.
Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 5,166 miles
July 24, 2012
Some more images of the JX from the Oldham Family Road Trip Vacation. Cue the music.
July 23, 2012
I've always wanted to drive a car through a tree. I'm weird like that.
Two weeks ago I made it happen. I was driving the family from Southern California to Sunriver, Oregon for a week of vacation. On the way we detoured a bit west to Leggett, California where the Chandelier tree, a 315 ft. tall Redwood, has been playing tunnel since the 1930s.
The hole is six feet wide by six feet nine inches tall. The JX just fit once I utilized its power retractable side mirrors, which fold neatly against its door with the press of a button.
Needless to say the experience lived up to all the hype.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief
July 06, 2012
The 2013 Infiniti JX was built for the purpose of getting more women into the Infiniti brand. Is it working? Our very own Jessica Caldwell looks into the issue in her latest column.
July 06, 2012
The Oldham's are road trippin' to Sunriver, Oregon for a little rest and relaxin' and our long-term Infiniti JX35 is our ride. Trip should cover about 2,000 miles, including stops along the northern California coast and Redwood National Park, where we hope to drive the JX through a tree.
Tune back here the week of July 16th for a full report on the Infiniti's performance.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 2,746 miles