Driving Infiniti’s new three-row luxury crossover can be “a bit surreal.” Tail another vehicle that slows from 60 mph to a stop and the JX will do the same for you even if you never touch a pedal. Veer toward a ditch and it will pull you back toward your lane. Try to back up over your dog and you’ll get that robo-brake again. If there’s a danger in “taking the driver too far out of the equation,” the JX, when fully equipped, “straddles that line.”
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Adding the JX is still “a good move for Infiniti,” at least as a revenue enhancer. Even a loaded edition is priced below Acura’s segment-leading MDX, and the goodies that families can get include dual second-row video screens and a remote concierge service. Nobody will claim that the JX delivers the trademarked “inspired performance” of previous Infinitis. But it does represent an “inspired packaging” of luxury and convenience.
Drivers shouldn’t be surprised by the JX’s “modest acceleration” and “sloppy” transmission response. It is, after all, merely “a reskinned 2013 Nissan Pathfinder.” But “accept the fact that you’re driving a people mover” and the JX’s quiet cabin and “respectable” handling start looking like meaningful achievements.