Infiniti is entering a market that has been primarily dominated by Audi and Acura with the new 2013 JX35. This new crossover is a spacious, luxurious and technologically advanced vehicle. From its phenomenal seating to its Continuously Variable Transmission, the JX35 offers the driver and passengers a beautiful ride.
From the outside, the JX35 is not necessarily appealing to the eye, but at the same time it is not terribly ugly. It seems as though Infiniti took an SUV and squashed it to create the JX35. Once inside the crossover, the beauty begins. The leather-appointed 8-way power driver’s seat was very welcomed, and I am sure the heated seats would be welcome if not for this Florida weather. Gauges on the car were brilliantly lit and displayed, and even gave us a ‘goodbye’ when we turned the off the engine. A 7-inch display is used to control the radio, navigation, cameras and other settings. When using the navigation, I found it very easy to route my destination and the exploring the map worked very fluidly. Also, the JX35 features an Advanced Climate Control System if you purchase the ‘Deluxe Touring Package’ for $2,550. This allows the driver, passenger and back seat to control their air temperature and flow independently. The Deluxe Touring Package also includes: ACCS, 20-inch wheels, Bose Cabin Surround sound system, heated second-row seats, rain-sensing windshield wipers, 2nd/3rd-row moonroof and power sunshade, and maple interior accents. Our model had these options included and if I were to enter a JX35 without these options, they would be greatly missed.
Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 265 horsepower and 248 lb-ft torque. You have the choice of either picking afront-wheel drive JX35 or an all-wheel drive version. We drove the FWD model, and it performed well when accelerating and taking corners. The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) allows the car to accelerate without ever making the driver experience a gear change.
Our JX35 had many amazing features that are only offered as options. The Technology Package includes features that ensure the driver has a safe trip. The features include: Back-up Collision Intervention, heated steering wheel, intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning, blind spot warning and intervention, lane departure warning and prevention, intelligent cruise control, distance control and more. When tested, all of the assists, preventions and interventions worked amazingly.
The 2013 Infiniti JX35 is an amazing crossover, with a one of the most beautifully and intelligently designed interiors I have seen in quite some time. While it may lack in a pleasing exterior or a powerful engine, the comfortable and safe drive did more than make up for those negatives.