Looking at the Infiniti lineup, I was not sure they needed another SUV, but after having the 2013 Infiniti JX, it now makes perfect sense. The JX fills the hole between the FX and the large QX, with a mid-sized, 7-passenger luxury SUV. This Smyrna, Georgia-produced sport-ute is finely crafted and is one of the quietest SUVs I have driven. Infiniti is using the 3.5-liter V6 as the only option for power, and they have mated it to the CVT (continuously variable) transmission.
My beautiful test vehicle is front-wheel drive, versus optional all-wheel drive, and it is completely loaded with options. This powertrain combination is rated at 265-horses, but feels like more thanks to the CVT.
This SUV is a pre-production vehicle, meaning it will never be sold and Nissan warns you that it might not be up to standards, but I found nothing wrong with it whatsoever, it is flawless, a very good sign for initial quality and ultimately long-term quality. Outside there is no doubt this is an Infiniti at a glance. You may not know it is a JX right off the bat since it is new, but you’ll know it is an Infiniti by the distinctive lines and 20” wheels that fill the entire wheel-well space. It is a head turner for sure.
For me, the real story is inside the JX, and the available options you can get, in particular the safety features. The leather interior in my test vehicle in almost stunning it is so beautiful. The color is called Wheat, but I describe it as a pale yellow or light tan, mixed with maple accents. I am not sure this light interior would be easy to keep clean, but it is certainly pleasing to the eye. Access to the third row seat is easy from the driver or passenger side.
My test vehicle has a split second row bench seat, and both sides slide forward for access to the third row, which is more fitting for children than adults. In the front and middle row seats, there is plenty of room for five adults with legroom left over. Even better, there is a large amount of cargo area with the 3rd row seat up, something you don’t find very often.
This JX has the Premium Package which gives you Navigation system, rear camera with an extra warning if it senses movement behind, like a kid or animal, a terrific Bose stereo with a subwoofer, memory driver’s seat, and push button start.
The next package is the Theater Package, which has two monitors in the front headrests for DVDs and video games, a 120V power outlet, wireless headphones, and audio/video jacks. The Touring package bumps up the stereo to a total of 15 speakers, you get 20” wheels, a panoramic moonroof, heated and air conditioned front seats, and heated 2nd row seats.
The final package on this loaded SUV is the Technology Package, which gives you lane departure warning. That is a nice feature, but in this package you get lane departure prevention too, which senses when you are veering out of your lane, and if you don’t correct it, the vehicle will steer itself back into the lane for you, but it doesn’t stop there. You get blind spot warning, and intelligent brake assist which comes with forward collision warning. Simply put, if you are closing in on the vehicle in front of you too fast, the JX will warn you. If you do not react quickly enough, it will apply the brakes for you. This is incredible technology my friends. You even get 4 years of concierge service for free.
The JX drives great, it rides great, it has a wonderful interior, tons of safety and convenience features, and for the price it is an outstanding value. Infiniti has a real winner in the vehicle and it will be a big success.
What I liked most: The interior quality and features. What I would change: Honestly, not much. I’d prefer a 7-speed automatic. MSRP: Base price $42,000, as equipped $54000. Fuel Economy: Rated at 18 City/24 Highway, and doing it. 2013 JX in a few words: A great SUV and outstanding value.