Power comes from the same engine that powers the Nissan Murano, a 3.5 liter V6 which makes 265 horse power and 248 lb. ft. of torque. That's good for a 0-60 time of 7.8 seconds.
Fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg in the city and 23 on the highway. You can expect 20 mpg overall.
The JX 35 starts at $41,550. The Technology Package adds $3,100 and includes a 7" infotainment screen, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Illuminated Push Button Ignition, Heated Steering Wheel, Bluetooth, USB connector and Sirius Satellite Radio. It also includes a few things that aid with safety.
The $1,700 Theater Package adds dual 7" monitors with wireless headphone plus a 120 volt power outlet for the rear seats. The $2,550 Deluxe Touring Package includes 20" alloy wheels, Bose Surround Sound System, Climate Controlled front seats, heated rear seats and the 2nd & 3rd row moonroof with power sunshade. With the $370 roof rails and the $290 With destination you are out the dealer door at $55,755.
You get Intelligent Brake Assist with Forward Collision Warning, Back-Up Collision Intervention, Blind Spot Warning & Intervention, Lane Departure Warning & Prevention, Distance Control Assist and Intelligent Cruise Control.
I've already experienced these in the large, upscale Infiniti QX56 and they were pretty impressive. Backup Collision Intervention is new and makes sure that you don't get into a fender bender in a parking lot, and more importantly assures that no pets or children will be hit when you can't see them.
Basically all this technology is constantly paying attention in the event that the driver isn't! It is a showcase for the latest in automotive technology & luxury all wrapped in a very pretty package.
For safety you get driver and front passenger side impact and curtain air bags, plus a roll-over sensor. Vehicle Dynamic, Traction Control and of course all wheel drive help keep you on the road, while ABS brakes help to slow you down in all weather conditions.
Competition comes from the likes of the Acura MDX and the Lexus RX. But I think Infiniti has a lot to offer, and certainly enough of their own personality and proven history that they are a good solid choice despite its tough rivals.
I think Infiniti really did a great job engineering the JX 35. It actually has more legroom than the larger QX 56 in every row. It also sports the same technology plus the addition of Back Up Collision Intervention for less.
To sum up the JX 35, Infiniti is bringing a small all wheel drive 7 passenger crossover packed with luxury and technology to the masses. Of course the starting price of $41,550 is not really affordable to many, but those who can afford it will find it a unique vehicle with everything they are looking for.
Infiniti hopes the FX 35 will be as popular as their G sedans, coupes and convertibles, and judging by my time with it, I think they will be successful. I'm Drivin' Ivan Katz. Click the link below to see my full video review of the Infiniti JX35.