As a follow up to yesterday's post about what it was like driving our JX35 for 750 miles, I've got some notes about the interior and hauling both cargo and six passengers. Yep, you also get to see a picture of all the *stuff* I had to bring along.
I only have two kids, so in terms of size the JX was in theory a bit of overkill. But since it was a long holiday trip, I ended up utilizing most of the JX's cargo hold for the drive.
The third-row seating also worked out well. For the actual Thanksgiving day drive from Orange County to San Diego, I also brought along my in-laws. My mother-in-law sat in the third row with my five-year-old daughter, while my wife was in the second row with my one-year-old.
As James noted in a well-written previous post, the key to a useful third-row in a vehicle this size is easy access and adjustability via a sliding second-row seat. My mom-in-law didn't have much trouble getting back to the third-row, and the sliding function allowed me to move up the second row part with my one-year-old so that she had plenty of leg room. I wouldn't say it's super comfortable back there since there's minimal thigh support, but for the 4.5 hours total of round-trip drive time, she said she was just fine. The JX's rear climate controls and second-- and third-row air vents (floor and mid-level) were also appreciated.
The only notable downside was the small amount of cargo space available with the third-row deployed. But even here, it was still enough for what I needed it for, which was transporting a couple pies and other food for the Thanksgiving dinner. And overall I was really pleased with the JX. For me, it was a pretty ideal size for this kind of trip. Anything much bigger would have been, well, too big, while anything smaller would have made the trip not nearly as easy.