2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD Purposeful and Rugged>

The 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD is a very luxurious crossover vehicle, not as tall as some SUVs and certainly not as big as many. It’s just right for seven occupants, just right in the power department and sweet over the road.

This midnight garnet (with wheat interior) JX35 handily transported the two of us around town and on extended errands during our week together. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine produces an ample 265 horsepower at 6400 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4400 (redline is 6500 rpm), easily winning stoplight derbies all around our Southern California home. While I normally don’t like continuously variable transmissions (CVT), Nissan’s upscale brand appears to have gotten it right with the JX, even including a manual shift mode that allows this transmission to be shifted.
The exterior of the 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD is purposeful and rugged, with a large and forceful bright snout separating the sloped headlights and aerodynamics-aiding creases on the hood; other creases accent the fenders and flow to the rear hatch, with a sloping roofline that helps access for the vertically challenged. There’s also a power release available through the multitude of packages. The handsome twinned 20-inch wheels carry P235/55R rubber and it feels and looks integrated.
The JX35’s interior is all calmness and light. The cabin feels welcoming and the driver has many controls to learn before starting that first trip. The virtual car (color coded) lies between the large speedometer and tachometer and there are temp and fuel gauges to consult. The steering wheel has the customary trip computer, audio and phone on the left with cruise control to the right. To the lower left of the steering wheel is an auxiliary dash with plenty of pertinent items to consult. It feels a bit busy in the cockpit at first; with time everything falls readily to hand.
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Infiniti packed this crossover with buckets of options, boosting its $42,500 starting price (with freight) to a heady $55,800. There’s some “needs” to go with those “wants” on the sticker, like the backup camera, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled seats (even heated seats for the second row!), blind spot warning, intelligent cruise, the large-screened navigation system and integrated audio system with 13 Bose speakers. There’s a towing package (this is an AWD vehicle after all), and a theater package to keep the front row serene while those in the rear are occupied.
The 2013 JX35 AWD sure feels open and airy with its tilt/slide panorama moonroof that takes over much of the roofline and is, of course, operated by power buttons. There’s enough 12-volt, 115-volt, audio-visual equipment in here for any audio/videophile and the video screens in the front seatbacks are a great touch.
Mileage is 18/23 mpg from the 19.5-gallon tank (premium recommended), not surprising in a car that weighs 4419 pounds. But with ample seating for seven and nearly 16 cubic feet of cargo space with all three rows in place, the 2013 Infiniti JX35 AWD offers capable motive power, incredible luxury, technological goodies and a great driving experience that’s worthy of its entry fee.

Written by: Anne Proffit HerHighway Contributor