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Infiniti JX review

This luxury SUV fills a big hole in Infiniti’s lineup

Consumer Reports magazine: November 2012

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A plush, quiet, and roomy interior helps place the new JX among the serious players in the luxury SUV category and fills a gaping hole in Infiniti’s lineup.

Scoring below only the Acura MDX and Lexus RX, this three-row crossover is powered by a smooth 265-hp, V6 engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. Our all-wheel-drive JX returned 19 mpg overall on premium fuel, slightly above par for the category.

But don’t expect the typical sporty Infiniti driving experience. Driving the JX feels like you’re herding an even larger SUV. Most competitors have it beat for agility, particularly its most direct rival, the MDX.

Comprehensive standard equipment makes the JX’s base price inviting, but options packages can quickly add up. Some options are innovative, however. A surround-view camera system displays a bird’s-eye view around the car when parking, an advantage given the impeded rear view. And the JX can brake automatically when reversing to avoid hitting something behind it.

We expect above-average reliability based on the Nissan Murano, which uses the same platform and powertrain as the JX.

Editor's Note:

A version of this article appeared in the November 2012 issue of Consumer Reports magazine with the headline "Infiniti JX."

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