An Athletic Carry-All

Infiniti’s JX is their newest SUV…introduced a year ago…and it fits into their line-up in-between their king-of-the-hill QX 56 and the popular FX that’s been out for several years.

The JX is a roomy, yet surprisingly agile three-row SUV, that was the first of it’s kind to offer access to the third row without having to remove a child’s seat.

Darned useful feature.

The JX is about a foot shorter and a few inches narrower than the QX….so it’s a bit more garage-friendly, yet it still packs a family-friendly amount of room inside.

Lotta’ legroom in the second row….and what appears to be acres of storage in the rear with the third-row folded down.

And the JX, unlike some other larger SUV’s, feels smaller than it is…and pretty much begs for curvy roads.

You’ve got Infiniti’s proven 3.5 liter, 265 HP V-6 providing the “Go”….but in an “Infiniti first”, it’s connected to a CVT….a  continuously-variable transmission.

I’ve personally never been a big fan of the CVT….especially with smaller engines….preferring, instead, the feel of up and downshifts.   But with the JX’s 265 hp, the CVT is just not an issue….and it  probably gets you an extra MPG or so.   In short, the JX, like all Infiniti’s, is a joy to drive.

And like all Infiniti’s, the JX is a very-well-appointed vehicle.

Listing at $41,400 with destination charges, the JX included:  Heated leather seating, moonroof, tri-zone temperature control, Xenon lights, 7” monitor and 18” alloys.

A $3,100 Tech package adds back-up collision intervention, heated steering wheel, remote engine start, intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning, blind-spot and lane-departure warning and distance control assist.

$1,700 more for a Theater Package got us dual 7” monitors for second-row passengers, wireless headphones, headphone jacks and more.

The Deluxe Touring Package for $2,550 brought 20” alloys, Bose surround-sound, climate-controlled front seats and heated second-rows, an additional moonroof for second and third-row occupants, and maple wood trim.

Finally, a $4,950 Premium Package added Infiniti’s hard-drive nav with Zagat restaurant guide and voice recognition, upgraded us to an 8” monitor with “Around View” monitor with moving object detection and front and rear sonar, and gave us a 13-speaker Bose Premium Sound System…..bringing the sticker to a $54,700 total.

The JX 35 is rated at 18 city and 24 hwy…..with all-wheel-drive adding $1,400 and costing just 1 hwy mpg.

We managed a hair over 21 in the usual Atlanta commute….with the shift selector in “sport” most of the time.    It’s hard to drive a vehicle this capable with a light foot.IMGP8894IMGP8893IMGP8897IMGP8896


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