Nuts & Bolts: 2013 Infiniti JX35

July 13, 2012

Bottom line: The 2013 Infiniti JX35 all-wheel-drive is an excellent people hauler for families seeking a midsize wagon with comfort, safety, style and all available infotainment amenities. But note the distinction: It is a family hauler as opposed to a reasonable daily commuter for one or two people.

Ride, acceleration and handling: It gets good marks in all three.

Head-turning quotient: It is excellently crafted and stunningly beautiful inside and out.

Body style/layout: The Infiniti JX35 is a mid-size, front-engine “entry-level” luxury (starting from about $40,000) wagon. It has four side doors and a rear liftgate and is built on a Nissan Murano platform. The JX35 is available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

Engine/transmission: It comes standard with a 3.5-liter, 24-valve double-overhead-cam V-6 engine with variable valve timing (265 horsepower, 248 foot-pounds of torque). The engine is linked to an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.

Capacities: There are seats for seven people. Cargo volume with all seat rows up is 15.8 cubic feet. But if you are hauling stuff instead of people, you can fold flat the third- and second-row seats to handle larger loads. The JX35 can be equipped to tow a trailer weighing 3,500 pounds. Fuel capacity is 19.5 gallons. Premium-grade gasoline is recommended for best performance.

Mileage: Disappointing. If you are lucky — good weather, no traffic jams, no passengers or cargo, smooth roads — you will get close to 18 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Safety: Standard equipment includes front and rear ventilated disc brakes, emergency braking assistance, four-wheel anti-lock brake protection, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability and traction control, and side and head air bags.

Price: The base price on the 2013 Infiniti JX35 with all-wheel drive is $42,050. Dealer’s invoice price on that model is $38,943. Price as tested is $54,800, including options (dual-power glass roof, onboard navigation with 360-degree backup camera, electronic backup interruption device to help prevent collisions with approaching traffic left or right or from the rear, Bose premium sound system and other goodies) and a $950 destination charge. Dealer’s price as tested is $50,137. Compare with BMW X-3, Cadillac SRX, Ford Flex wagon, and Volvo XC70 and XC90 wagons — to name a few.

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