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.