Overview & Reviews
After years of watching its premium-brand rivals grab more than their slice of the three-row luxury crossover pie, Infiniti brought the JX to market for a single year before changing its name to QX60 (reviewed separately). Based on the Nissan Pathfinder, the roomy JX provides used car shoppers seating for seven and is both practical and comfortable. The second-row seat, for example, tilts and slides to allow easier access to the third row.
As expected from an Infiniti, the spacious cabin also boasts excellent fit and finish and plenty of high-tech convenience and safety features. What isn't expected is the rather bland driving experience, as the JX lacks the athletic personality prevalent through the brand's lineup. That said, the Infiniti JX, with its accommodating interior, comfortable ride and wealth of user-friendly luxury features would likely make an agreeable choice for anyone shopping for a practical and upscale used family vehicle.
Used Infiniti JX Models
Introduced for 2013, the Infiniti JX was available in a single trim level. The JX came with a 3.5-liter V6 with 265 horsepower matched to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with a Sport mode that mimics the gearchanges of a conventional transmission. Front-wheel drive was standard, while all-wheel drive was optional.
Standard features included automatic bi-xenon headlights, a sunroof, a power liftgate, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, heated power front seats, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface. Optional highlights included a 360-degree parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, a Bose audio system, a navigation system, a dual-screen entertainment system and a Driver Assistance package with adaptive cruise control, forward and rear collision warning, intelligent brake assist, blind spot warning, a heated steering wheel and remote ignition.
Chief among the JX's assets is its flexible and generous seating. In addition to that tilting and sliding second-row seat, this Infiniti features a third row that provides enough room for average-sized adults. Additionally, both rows feature reclining seatbacks. Passengers will also enjoy first-class, leather-lined accommodations with rich-looking wood and metallic accents. The various electronic gadgets are intuitive and easy to use, which is a rare trait given the ever-increasing number of these features.
In reviews, we found the JX to be something of an odd duck in the Infiniti family. Rather than having the sharp handling chops that mark the brand, the JX feels mushy and lazy when pushed on a twisty road. Though it makes for a pleasant road trip cruiser, the JX was clearly not cut from the same cloth as its crossover siblings.
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Great family car! - 2013 Infiniti JX
By atorreon - December 10 - 7:56 am
We had a QX56 and loved it but the new JX does everything the QX did in a more user friendly, efficient and better riding way. Gas mileage has been decent while city driving in the high teens. The 2nd row has great leg room and the 3rd row can actually fit a 6ft adult comfortably.
Impressed - 2013 Infiniti JX
By brifromwi - November 21 - 10:42 pm
Purchased an AWD JX with Premium Pkg and am impressed with the vehicle after 500 miles. Traded a 2007 Lexus GX and really don't miss it. Gas mileage has been about 20 mpg with mixed city/highway driving. Comfortable and well laid out interior. Overall a very nice vehicle.
CVT Transmission is this car's downfall - 2013 Infiniti JX
By rraffel - November 5 - 12:48 pm
We bought the JX as the family car. Loved the third row, and the fact that we did not have to take the car seat out to get to the third row. Also, even with the seats up, there was a small trunk. The interior room is great, especially in the rear. However, between the terrible CVT transmission, and the poor gas mileage, I doubt I would buy this again. This isn't a performance car by any stretch, but don't want it to be. However, there are times it barely gets out of its own way - this I blame on the transmission as it seems to be constantly hunting for the best "gear". Just makes it uncomfortable to drive. As for gas mileage, we are around 15... far below what we expected.
Passenger air bags are part time - 2013 Infiniti JX
By ron118 - June 25 - 5:54 am
I was told to move to move around in the seat by the dealer. In 20 miles the light did not go off until we stopped the car and restarted it. Is Infiniti waiting for a class action law suit? Beware of this problem your sales rep won't tell you.
First Impressions - 2013 Infiniti JX
By beagle11 - April 13 - 9:19 am
Just took delivery of our emerald graphite JX35 AWD (fully loaded) with java brown interior. My first impressions are as follows: Appearance: As attractive as the JX35 appears in the photos, the vehicle looks even better in person. The exterior styling is very sporty without looking gimmicky. The dark plastic aeroskirts and underbody accents compliment the lines well. While the salesman admitted he was skeptical of the java interior with the dark gray dash and emerald graphite color scheme when we pre-ordered, but was very impressed when it was delivered. The dark brown leather looks very luxurious and breaks up what would be a monochromatic look. Its definitely one of the smartest looking SUVs on the road today. Performance: The engine is adequate and the ride is more luxurious than it is sporty. For 90% of drivers in this class, it will perform admirably. Plows quite bit into the turns, but this isnt a M series. Interior: Top notch interior. Seats are firm, but comfortable. I am a large guy over 6 feet, and I can fit in all three rows. The 3rd row would be tough for long periods, but doable for less than an hour. The 3rd row access entry space is big enough for an adult to gain access within to much trouble. Technology: It may take a year or more to get your hands around all of the features. The basic functions are intuitive, but like a really powerful smart phone, the vehicles capabilities likely far exceed the users mastery of the systems functionality. The steering wheel controls are reversed from most vehicles, and the different interfaces will take a little while to familiarize myself with being a distraction. Non-Critical, but Quirky Issues: Due to the push-button keyless ignition, there doesnt appear to be a way to energize the vehicle control systems within starting the vehicle first. There doesnt appear to be a way to roll up and down windows, or play radio like you would with a vehicle in accessory mode with a traditional turn-key ignition. There is a very poorly placed SOS button for the Infiniti Connect emergency notification system. The button is located on the overhead control panel, approximately ½-inch below the button for the driver-side overhead lamp. When the headlines are engaged, the button is back-lighted, but is easily confused with the overhead light switch in the dark. Yes, I pushed it accidentally on the first evening I drove the car. The response came from Infiniti in approximately 30 seconds and the call center representative was thankfully very understanding. While the odds of changing a tire yourself is remote with roadside assistance, the rear Bose Direct-Wave speaker and plastic rear hatch liner would need o be removed prior to accessing the under-body high pressure spare tire and jack. Remote start will not work with second key located inside of within close proximity of the vehicle. Once the second key was removed from the car, it started right up. While the DVD playing in the back can be viewed on the front heads-up monitor, the car must be stopped and the emergency break engaged before it will come up. No CD changer, but rather a hard drive storage system where you can burn hundreds on CDs onto prior to leaving. Unclear if the burn function works with audio books. Overall: I think Acura is going to have to re-design the MDX this year to match the JX35 main buying demographic. The bar has been raised in that price class. While not perfect and bordering on being too technologically complex, the JX35 hits or exceeds expectations for factors that matter to the 40-something $100K+ income female.
Living with the JX - 2013 Infiniti JX
By 2002blksle - February 13 - 9:44 pm
Traded an 08 CX-9 for the JX. The Mazda handled much better but the JX feels more refined. I also have a G35 and the JX is far from handling expectations for Infiniti which is becoming more disappointing after living with the car. It is quiet, I do like the CVT especially after 3500RPM, milage is good, lots of great tech, and great entry to 3rd row without massive rear doors. Build quality has not been great. In 2 months, had multiple rattles, had loose trim, and now the HVAC fan is making noise. Overall I give it a B. Not sure i would do it again now that the honeymoon period is wearing off. Bottom line-- test drive it multiple times before signing the papers.
Under Priced Luxury Car - 2013 Infiniti JX
By obie1974 - January 24 - 8:27 am
I don't get excited about cars these days but have really enjoyed the JX more than any other car I've owned or driven. My wife and I were considering purchasing a new luxury car next year and after research, narrowed down to the new M Class and the X5. We never considered Infiniti until we saw a teaser ad. After thourough research, I was at the Infiniti dealership the day it arrived. This car had more features and plenty of room for passengers than anything we've looked at. It has more than enough power. It has the best CVT we've driven. All the technology works great. The car practically drives itself. Great family our touring car. Test drive the car yourself rather than relying on reviews.
I Couldn't Be More Satisfied - 2013 Infiniti JX
By obie1974 - January 11 - 8:58 am
I researched this car way before it came out and compared it to competitors in its class. When comparing all the technology and pricing for each, this car won hands-down. I've had it for over a year and have 15k miles on it. It has been a pleasure to drive and carry passengers on long trips. I handles very well on windy roads, gets excellent gas milage for a V6 (24-26 mpg why), but most of all the technology incorporated into the fully loaded JX is awesome. Will never want a car without back up collision intervention, lane departure warning/intervention, smart cruise, Infiniti Connection, etc. I never get tired of driving this well designed and proportioned vehicle.
JX Passenger Airbag Does Not Work - 2013 Infiniti JX
By andy0416 - October 29 - 10:09 pm
This car has a major design defect that Infiniti is ignoring. All passenger airbags are supposed to operate if the person in the seat weighs more than 110 pounds. My wife weighs 118 poounds and is 5 feet 4 inches tall. The airbag does not detect that she is in the seat and therefore is not operational. The dealer tried to fix the problem but could not. They reported to Infiniti that they verified the problem and that it was a dangerous condition. Infiniti has simply ignored the defect. As a result I was forced to bring a lemon law suit against them. There are mumerous other complaints. Be warned that if you have a loved one who weighs about 120 or less the passenger airbag wont work!
Best Car I Have Ever Owned - 2013 Infiniti JX
By lovethejx - October 1 - 4:35 am
I traded a 2012 MDX for the JX. I only had the MDX for a couple of months and got terrible gas mileage. "Just for fun" I test drove the JX. The rest is history. I absolutely love this car. Had it one month and find excuses to drive it. I very much like the transmission choices. I use the sport mode when starting off and then depending on whether I'm on local roads or an interstate, shift the knob accordingly. While in eco drive I have already managed 24.6 MPG. I also find it much easier to drive than the MDX. My seating position gives me a better view of the road and the ride itself is smooth, quit and just plain relaxing.