By on November 17, 2011

When Infiniti said they were coming out with a new 7-passenger crossover, I, like the rest of the world, was expecting a stretched FX CUV with a V8 option, RWD and optional AWD. While the exterior was first shown off at Pebble Beach, the interior and drivetrain were merely well placed rumors. While Infiniti’s 3.5L V6 was the expected engine choice, the FWD (or optional AWD) CVT transmission was a curveball for sure. While I’ll try to hold my opinions until we can get some behind the wheel time, I am somewhat disapointed by the drivetrain choice. Inside, the JX is far from a disapointment continuing Infiniti’s recent trackrecord of world class cabins. While most of the shapes are familiar to Infiniti owners, many of the controls are new and only the steering wheel seems lifted directly off other Infiniti models. Like most vehicles in this segment, the third row of seats is best left to the small kids of that coworker you really hate.

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24 Comments on “Infiniti JX: Three Rows, But Only Six Cylinders...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    I, like the rest of the world, was expecting a stretched FX CUV with a V8 option, RWD and optional AWD

    If some of you rich folks would go buy the FX50, that’s probably what we would have got!

    FX sales are so low, I’m not surprised Nissan went the cheap route.

  • avatar
    SherbornSean

    That D pillar is confusing. Infiniti simply hasn’t found the right formula in CUVs. Every year they through a new model out there, none of which have caught fire.

    I think if they just added 6 inches of wheelbase to the EX and put an aggressive lease rate on it (like $369) they would start to post some numbers.

  • avatar
    Spartan

    I would have liked to see Captain’s chairs in the 2nd row. These things are always 6 seaters in reality anyway, as no one wants to be stuck in the middle seat.

    It doesn’t look bad, but doesn’t look great either. I’m sure it’ll drive well but I’m wondering why Nissan went with the CVT instead of the 7AT.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      Does Nissan have a transverse 7AT?

      • 0 avatar
        klossfam

        bumpy ii – Excellent point because as Frankenstein would say: CVT BAAADDD! 7 Speed AT GGGOOOODDD!
        I didn’t think about Nissan pigeonholing themselves into the CVT for a FWD platform until you mentioned it…This not being a RWD based platform turns me off almost as much as the CVT. Nissan has a decent CVT but problem is, there isn’t actually such a thing as a decent CVT.

    • 0 avatar
      22_RE_Speedwagon

      I agree about the captains chairs — or some way to access the third row with two car seats installed in the second row.

  • avatar
    wsn

    “I, like the rest of the world, was expecting a stretched FX CUV with a V8 option”

    You were expecting a V8. The rest of the world largely never heard of the JX.

  • avatar
    geggamoya

    I you’re going to do asymmetrical stitching on the seats, at least mirror it from side to side.

  • avatar
    th009

    It may be a world-class cabin … but it’s a world-class interpretation of the traditional Buick, as opposed to something in the vein of Audi and BMW. But I think that just highlights the fact that Infiniti is targeting a different market from the Germans.

  • avatar
    John Horner

    A handful of enthusiasts cares about rear wheel drive, the rest of the buying public really isn’t so into it.

    Get used to a new normal where fuel economy considerations really matter. From that point of view, FWD has an efficiency advantages and too many cylinders is too many cylinders.

    Enthusiasts begged Cadillac to switch to rear wheel drive, but the majority of actual Cadillac buyers have not been all that enthusiastic about the switch over. Are Cadillac’s total sales today better than they were in 1996 when the FWD Seville, Eldorado and Deville ruled the roost?

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    There is no cargo space! What is the point? Sure you can haul 7 people, but most Americans don’t travel light.

  • avatar
    Alexdi

    I love this powertrain in my Maxima. I’m not sure I’d be so readily convinced if it was lugging an additional 1200 pounds. At some point soon, I’d like to see Nissan dump the V8 and move to turbocharged 3.2L-ish. The deep wells of torque from that sort of mill would be better-suited to all of their larger vehicles than the current 3.7L

  • avatar
    Coley

    Maybe something is wrong with me, but I wouldn’t trade my Odyssey for this.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    What controls are new Alex? As far as I can tell, this is a nearly direct copy/paste from the M37. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, the Q7 was a direct copy/paste from the A6, and because of that it has the nicest interior in its class.

    Using a Nissan powertrain as opposed to an Infiniti one is a gamble. Customers wont care which way the V6 is pointing, but the CVT might turn them off. At the very least, it makes the Acura MDX look like the cheap plastic toy it is.

  • avatar
    needsdecaf

    Shame about this car. I was really looking forward to hearing more details as a replacement for my 2007 MDX. We have two kids, so third row isn’t an often used option, but it is used enough that a two row vehicle is off the plate. Wife won’t own a minivan (don’t blame her) and most of the time we don’t need that much cargo room anyway. On our most packed trip we’ve managed to squeeze everything into the MDX without fail.

    But then I heard CVT. Initial reaction: no. After thought: Nissan does CVT’s well, maybe not a deal breaker, will wait until a test drive.

    Then I saw the power specs: less than 270 HP and less than 250 ft-lbs, and the 3.5L not the 3.7L. Why? The MDX is a 2007 design and even Honda’s ancient SOHC 3.7L makes 300HP and 270 ft-lbs. I don’t need a race car but I do need something that moves with some senseof urgency. And the fuel economy: 17/23 vs. 16/21 for the MDX. Hmm, not much of an improvement with the CVT.

    Still, will wait for a test drive. It’s priced aggressively vs. the MDX but….

  • avatar
    johnhowington

    and what exact segment or price range is this trash pod supposed to slot in between? the narrow $30k-90k crowd? doesnt infiniti already have TWO gargantuan V8 SUV’S? How and what was the marketing group thinking?

  • avatar
    Maxb49

    I won’t buy a car without a V8. I have never bought a car without a V8; every new car I have purchased has been a V8. What are these automakers trying to sell us? Oh wait, I remember. Crap that doesn’t last long so you will have to buy another car. I hope they fail.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      And hopefully you’re either old, or, have a bunch of V-8 cars stored away for replacement once the current one wears out. Like it or not, you (as a customer), are not the future of the auto industry.

      • 0 avatar
        Maxb49

        Surprisingly for you, I ain’t anywhere near old. The auto industry won’t get a dime out of me for a V-6 car. Have plenty of V8 engines too. Whether you like it or not, if they won’t make a V8, you’re looking at the next Irv Gordon. There are plenty of consumers like me, who will only purchase V8 cars. As long as we’re using internal combustion vehicles, there will always be a market for the V8.


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