Infiniti has certainly struck gold with its first premium seven-passenger crossover, the 2013 Infiniti JX. The draw for families with a smidge more than two youngins is that the JX is not only eye-candy but is loaded with state-of-the-art technology. What exactly sets this family pleaser apart from the rest? Well. let’s do take a look-see shall we?
The JX is the middle child in the Infiniti SUV/crossover line up, it falls right in-between the sporty and powerful FX and it’s humungo sibling the QX. Truth be told, the JX is slimmer and certainly neater that the QX and can accommodate the same number of passengers and cargo. The advantage in opting for the JX all comes down to fuel savings.
At first gush, the exterior of the JX has some pretty appealing design queues for instance the signature grille has been seamlessly blended into the hood design. The sloping roofline give the vehicle sophisticated sporty appeal. When you examine the JX’s profile and look towards the rearward, you’ll notice distinctive crescent-shaped chrome trim around the C-pillar.
Inside the JX you get an ambience of hands-down luxury through and through, roominess and comfort, these feel-goods are what helps the crossover to outshine many of its rivals. The interior layout is eye-pleasing all the way–wood trim, soft touch plastics, bolstered and supportive seating with a range of adjustments that can accommodate any fusspot. In the rear, the 60/40 split-folding seats are also comfy, and can easily be slid forward, collapsing in on themselves to accommodate the wide rear seat entry. Folks will not only make it to the third row of the JX without falling on their faces in an attempt to get there but once seated, they are given plenty of room to chill without complaining.
Moving onto the dash. What is sensible and then some, is that if you don’t want to get your paws on the color touch-screen display, you can use the dial controller or redundant buttons for the stereo and air conditioner. It’s an option that lets the driver adopt a control method that suits them best.
There is an impressive roster of safety electronic aides on the JX that are worth tooting. Ok, so there are the run-of-the-mill safety bells and whistles folks should pretty much be familiar with like airbags every which way, traction and stability control, active cruise control and blind spot warning system but then there are other bonuses that practically makes the vehicle not need a driver!
What this Car Chick loves are the options like the Around View Monitor With Moving Object Detection and Front and Rear Sonar System on the JX which has four cameras around the vehicle that provides the driver with a virtual 360 degree view. Then there’s Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP), LDW alerts you with a sound when your vehicle begins to drift out of the lane and LDP applies light brakes to help guide you back to where you belong. Forward Collision Warning uses the JX’s laser range finder and lets the driver know that the vehicle could be headed for a bang-up by providing a warning that the motorist can both see and hear.
Another goodie is the Active Trace Control which adjusts braking and engine torque to help enhance cornering feel. The Backup Collision Intervention is a innovation to praise as it alerts you if something is behind you while you are reversing. If you are still reversing even after warnings, the vehicle stops itself! The optional feature is a life-saving one that families with young children might want to seriously consider.
Under the hood of an Infiniti JX lies a 3.5 liter V6 engine with 265 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. Maneuvering the JX is a breeze, the crossover is very capable with car-like manners in every way. The ride has a definite premium feel, plush and absorbs road thumps with grace. The steering is simply effortless and the braking is very on point. But if you’re looking to blow folks away while attempting to gun it on the highway, then this family hauler is not for you; there is certainly no FX crossover or G sedan here. Then again, folks who are in the market for seven-passenger vehicles, typically, aren’t speed demons at heart, so never mind….
Pumps-wise, the JX gives a nod-worthy 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy and 21 combined; while the all-wheel drive returns 18/23/20.
So people, if you’re in the market for a family vehicle with refinement and that will move your brood with style, then the 2013 Infiniti JX is right up your alley!
Prices start at $40,650. Need more info? www.infinitiusa.com/jx
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