Infiniti JX Review
The 2013 Infiniti JX ranks 14 out of 19 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 15 published reviews and test drives of the Infiniti JX, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
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The all-new 2013 Infiniti JX offers a lot of standard and available features, but test drivers say that unless you’re a technology buff, there are much better luxury crossovers to fill the empty spot in your driveway.
Most reviewers 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. Critics complain about the V6 engine, the only one available, saying it doesn’t feel nearly as powerful as most of the JX’s competiors. Most test drivers also mention the JX’s continuously variable transmission, saying that although it’s one of the best available, they would still prefer a traditional transmission with real gears, which could help performance. Finally, reviewers say the JX’s handling is floaty and disconnected from the road, although the standard 18-inch wheels absorb bumps on the road fairly well. Overall, the Infiniti JX is tuned for comfort and fuel economy, which test drivers complain about, but is something luxury SUV buyers might not mind.
Like most Infiniti models, the JX is jam-packed with technology. Many reviewers rave about its available Around-View Monitor, a 360-degree exterior camera, and its unique Back-Up Collision Intervention system, which can bring the SUV to a halt if it senses an obstacle in its path while reversing. Plus, testers 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. There is some disagreement about whether there is enough space in the second and third rows for adults, but most concur that the front row is plenty roomy. One of the biggest complaints about the JX’s interior is that in order to get the coolest high-tech features, you have to opt for an expensive Premium package first, and then choose the packages with the technology you want. That ends up increasing the JX’s price significantly. However, 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. Less impressive is the JX's handling and ride quality when equipped with the optional 20-inch wheels. Base prices are competitive, though Infiniti requires the purchase of costly option packages in order to get some of the vehicle's useful technology and safety feature.” -- Consumer Guide
- "The new safety technologies, while impressive, are pricey and bundled into complicated option packages. 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. Its fuel economy isn’t as good as the Infiniti JX’s, but it’s still better than that of many three-row luxury SUVs. The Infiniti JX offers more available technology features than the Acura MDX, but the MDX is ranked higher than most three-row luxury crossovers for its combination of interior quality and performance.
The Lincoln MKT is also a good choice, since it gets excellent safety ratings and has a larger third row than most of its competitors. The MKT doesn’t offer some tech features that the JX has, like an around-view camera or Back-Up Collision Intervention, but it offers unique features like the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system and the ability to parallel park itself. Plus, the MKT’s performance is rated much higher than the JX’s, thanks in part to its much more powerful engine.
Details: 2013 Infiniti JX
The Infiniti JX comes in one trim, which is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine 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 high-tech features like a rear entertainment system, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and rear collision intervention systems by opting for additional equipment packages.
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