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Our 2013 Infiniti JX35 has been in our fleet for just a couple months now, and we've already put it to the test. It's been driven on two separate road trips, and acted as a support vehicle to both SUV of the Year and Car of the Year programs. It has already left an impression with everyone who has driven it.

My favorite thing about the JX is Infiniti's Around View Monitor (AVM) system that stitches the images of front, rear, and side cameras to give what looks like a birds eye view of the vehicle. Front and rear cameras alone are useful when squeezing into tight parking spots where I've had to snug the JX up to the bumper of a nearby car. Front and Rear sonar systems help, too, just in case you're not watching the monitor for nearby objects.

The parking assist features also include a Moving Object Detection system and a Backup Collision Intervention (BCI). These features are excellent safety precautions against hitting an object, a dog, or even a child. There have been times when the BCI has applied the brakes when I've been parking the vehicle next to a plant that was hanging into the parking spot. Of course, the BCI system doesn't know the difference between a soft, moveable plant frond and a distracted child that has walked into the vehicle's path. I appreciated the immediacy of which the BCI system applied the brakes, as it's always better to be safe than sorry.

The JX comes equipped with a Continuously Variable Transmission with manual shift mode, and Infiniti Drive Mode Selector. The Drive Mode Selector switches from Standard to Sport, Snow, or Eco modes with the twist of a knob in the center console, and controls throttle response and transmission mapping for any driving environment. The CVT, set to Standard mode, sometimes feels sluggish, even while revving the engine over 4,000 RPMs just to accelerate at a moderate rate. Switch the selector knob to Eco, and the gas pedal stops at an earlier point in the pedal travel, resisting any acceleration faster than a snail's pace. Push the pedal a little further past that first point, and the CVT will allow the vehicle to accelerate more aggressively. This enables the driver to get up to freeway speeds from an on-ramp, or otherwise pull into fast-moving traffic without the fear of being a slow-rolling road block, or needing to switch to Sport mode. Good thinking, Infiniti!

Our Cars
Service Life 2 months/6143 miles
Average Fuel Economy 18.2 mpg
CO2 Emissions 1.07 lb/mi
Energy Consumption 185 kW-hr/100mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $0
Normal-wear cost $0

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