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Bigger on the Inside

With a spacious, award-winning interior and a sleek, slimming exterior, the Infiniti 2013 JX is much more than meets the eye. A luxury crossover with an edge, the JX offers an assertive, futuristic design few family cars can claim. It's a car for a new decade in every sense, one that seems determined to put an end to the accustomed unpleasantness of sitting in the back row of a three-row vehicle. No longer a purgatory for ill-behaved children, the third row of seating in the JX is remarkable in its comfort and ease of access. Leg- and headroom in the back two rows is also more than adequate for grown-ups, perfect for a girls' or guys' night out. This also makes the car an appealing long-term prospect, as a large group of high schoolers can easily reach the car's maximum capacity without fighting over who has to sit in the back.

Getting Around

The JX's steering is designed for smoothness. This is disconcerting for some, as it initially gives the driver a feeling of near-weightlessness that is difficult to shake. Optional features include a sensor designed to keep the car in-lane in case of driver inattention, and a warning system that automatically hits the brakes when the car is on the verge of hitting a nearby object, whether while moving forward or while backing up. Another feature, an 8-inch touch-screen navigator complete with live traffic updates, is not included in the base package, but offers a streamlined functionality not present in an external GPS.

Custom Features

The JX starts at $41,400. All JXes, regardless of customization, boast 3.5 liter 24-valve V6 engine, 265 horsepower at 6,400 rpm. Four-wheel drive is available as an add-on. Off the highway, the JX is unlikely to exceed 18 miles per gallon, but highway driving yields a respectable 24 m/g average. LED lights complement its space-age exterior, giving it a minimalistic appearance belied by the sheer utility of its interior design. The basic JX sound system includes six speakers with mp3 support, a CD player, and XM radio - deluxe Bose sound systems with 13 or 15 speakers are also available. Its generous design is topped off with eight cupholders, six bottle holders, a number of storage compartments and a 12-volt power outlet. The premium package, sold for an approximate $15k extra, boasts a maple interior, smartphone-like location-scouting features, and a theater package complete with monitors, headphones, heated seats and a 120-volt power outlet.

A Creature of Balance

Commendably, the JX is designed for function, but its lack of resemblance to typical conceptions of a functional family car is more commendable still. It is the family car of the future: lightweight, adaptable, spacious, and with a suave exterior free from the design baggage typically associated with suburban driving. Its innovation derives not from its high-tech features, but from its ability to take aesthetic cues from the world of luxury sports cars while ultimately remaining attentive to the changing needs of the modern family - and not just the family as a whole, but every individual member. It's an impressive feat. The decade of the cool family car, that desirable former paradox, is upon us
 

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As a new JX owner, I agree with most of the compliments in this review EXCEPT for "LED lights complement its space-age exterior"... where are the LED lights? We're talking about those 2 rows of tail LED lights only? They're nice but where are the LED lights on the front? for Daytime Running Lights? and inside the car?? Infiniti should do a better job to design with modern LED technology in mind... go buy an Audi and find out how they do it. :)
 
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