2013 Infiniti JX Review
Auto writers agree that the 2013 Infiniti JX has a luxurious, spacious cabin and a lot of high-tech features, but its performance could be better.
Most critics are not impressed with the 2013 Infiniti JX’s performance, though nearly all of them note that shoppers who don’t prioritize sporty driving dynamics might not mind. Test drivers complain about the V6 engine, which is the only one available, saying it doesn’t feel nearly as powerful as most of the JX’s competiors. Most auto writers also mention the JX’s continuously variable transmission, saying that although it’s one of the best available, they would still prefer a traditional automatic transmission with real gears, which they think could help performance. Finally, critics say the JX’s handling is floaty and disconnected from the road, although they say the standard 18-inch wheels absorb bumps on the road fairly well. Overall, the Infiniti JX is tuned for comfort and good fuel economy, which critics say are features luxury SUV buyers are likely looking for.
Critics say the seven-seat JX has an upscale, comfortable cabin filled with many high-tech features. Reviewers rave about its available Around-View Monitor, which is a 360-degree exterior camera, and its Back-Up Collision Intervention system, which can bring the SUV to a halt if it senses an obstacle in its path while reversing. Testers also love the fact that the second row slides forward and folds a bit in order to allow access to the third row, even with a child seat in place. One of the biggest complaints about the JX’s interior is that in order to get the most advanced high-tech features, you have to opt for an expensive Premium Package first, and then choose the packages with the technology features you want. However, they note that the JX does come standard with a competitive list of features, like push-button ignition, tri-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats.
- "If you are looking for a 3-row vehicle that looks great outside and in, is filled with amenities and has an uncommon level of safety features, the Infiniti JX should be on your shopping list.” -- Kelley Blue Book
- “As long as none of your must-haves involve Infiniti's old definition of performance, the JX can be considered a success.” -- Car and Driver
- “Urbane cabin appointments with simple (for the class anyway) controls and a serene driving experience are highlights.” -- Consumer Guide
- "Buyers simply seeking a roomy luxury crossover will find the 2013 Infiniti JX a pleasing choice, but we'd also recommend checking out the sportier Acura MDX, the more affordable Buick Enclave or the recently improved Lincoln MKT.” -- Edmunds
Other Luxury Midsize SUVs to Consider
The Acura MDX combines sporty performance with a long list of standard features, though its base price is higher than the JX’s.
The Lincoln MKT offers unique features like the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system and the ability to parallel park itself.
Details: 2013 Infiniti JX
The Infiniti JX comes in one trim, which is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Standard features include leather upholstery, smart key entry with push-button start and a rearview camera, and you can add features like a rear entertainment system, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and rear collision intervention systems by opting for additional equipment packages.