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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES,DECEMBER 13, 2012, PAGE 6 p! At $54,070, complete, the First the standard equip- ment, if the word "standard" can be spoken with a straight face. The JX35 comes equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 engine ca- pable of 265 horsepower and 248 lb-ft torque, with front wheel drive, and driver's choice of drive mode: sport, snow, or Eco. There was no snow and In- finiti picked up the gas tab, so I stayed mostly in sport mode. A continuously variable transmission handled the gear changes automatically, which together with the front and rear stabilizer bars, and indepen- dent strut front and multi-link rear transmission, made for a smooth ride despite the large size of this vehicle. Helping keep the ride smooth are the 18 inch 6-spoke alumi- num alloy wheels clad in all- season tires. Keep in mind that we are still talking about "standard" equip- ment, such as the leather seats (heated 8-way for the driver and heated 6-way for the front pas- senger), a "multi-mode" 60/40 split folding second row seat af- fording easy access to the third row of seating - so, yes, this could be either your Super Bowl transportation, or your family's ideal land yacht. Tri-zone automatic tempera- ture control brings heat or air to the entire vehicle through vents with rear independent controls. Trim is a stylish Kasane Washi throughout the interior. In terms of high-technology, standard equipment includes a power open-close liftgate which came in most handy on my Winn-Dixie run Saturday morn- ing, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel;power heated and folding rear view mirrors, 7-inch color dashboard screen. Our test drive model had one of those "intelligent" keys that you don't put in a keyhole, just keep it nearby. An illuminated power button gets you started (it senses the key). The phone system is Bluetooth and hands- free. "Standard" sound comes courtesy of a AM/FM/CD with MP3 playback capability, Sirius XM satellite radio, with auxilia- ry power jacks and USB connec- tions for any other device you might want to bring along. The kiddies have a LATCH system in the second row for tethering their car seats, and the JZ35's braking system is ABS on all four wheels with electronic brake distribution, vehicle dynamic control (VDC), and a tire pressure monitoring system with a tire inflation in- dicator. Standard equipment in- cludes security system and a vehicle immobilizer system to thwart the bad guys. All stan- dard equipment before the $950 "destination charge" cost $40,450. But now we add on even more goodies enjoyed dur- ing the test drive. For a total price of $54,070 including the ubiquitous des- By McMAHO] Times On Wheels Columnist Infiniti JX35 is expected to be a luxurious vehicle, and it does not disappoint. tination charge, our test drive came with $370 .roof rails, a $3,100 Technology Package that includes a back-up colli- sion intervention system, heat- ed steering wheel, remote con- trol engine start (I think of my Michigan fishing buddies Dan and Laura Nebel pre-heating their JX35 before setting out for an ice-fishing trip, thereby putting off the deep freeze at least for awhile). The package includes intelligent brake assist with forward collision warning, blind spot warning and inter- vention, lane departure warn- ing and prevention, intelligent cruise control, distance control assist, and more high-tech de- vices. Dr. Bobbe Ballin would like to disconnect the beeps and buzz- ers in her Subaru and would be driven mad by all those in this vehicle. I would have to drive it for a while to distinguish be- tween all those warnings sig- nals, or cower in the driver's seat in abject fear of the motor- ing world around me. Then there is the $1,700 The- ater Package that includes dual 7-inch color monitors, two wire- less headphones with their own remote, rear headphone jacks and volume control. Infiniti next added a $2,550 Deluxe Touring Package which upgrades the super wheels to 20-inch aluminum alloy, a BOSE "Cabin Surround" sound system instead of the standard BOSE premium system, an ad- vanced climate control system, including front seats and heat- ed second row seats, rain sens- ing windshield wipers, maple interior accents and, get this, second and third row moonroof with powe~7~-~shade. I mean,~ sell your house and move into this land yacht. But wait, as they say in the TV sales offers, there's more. The $4,950 Premium Pack- age includes a hard drive navigation system with voice recognition, NavTraffic and NavWeather which breaks into programming to alert you of trouble, 8-inch VGA color touch- screen display, a Zagat Survey Restaurant Guide, power lum- bar for the driver's seat, Blu- etooth streaming audio; The Around View monitor with moving object detection is definitely spaceship. I love to back in when I'm parking because on my busy street be- cause that way I can get ready for easy entry into traffic when I set off again. This feature takes your backup camera to a whole new dimension, showing me when I am about to crush my front picket fence, with not only a backup view but an over- head view of the vehicle closing on the fence. Move over Com- mander Kirk. As you might imagine, this big vehicle is somewhat thirsty, rated a combined 21 miles per gallon (24 highway, 18 city) at an estimated annual fuel cost of $2,700. 985-386-32 2 I I[llllll 2013 Infiniti JX35 This all-white version of our test drive would be great for our hot summers, but the Midnight Garnet deep burgundy paint job we enjoyed is well worth considering. (Stock Pho- to) Still, for the right family, or for those who travel with a par- tying posse, a vehicle does not come more complete than the 2013 Infiniti JX35. Gasoline prices going down Special to The Times Average retail gasoline pric- es in Louisiana have fallen 4.3 cents per gallon in the past Gift Subscription for Christmas CALL 386-2877 week, averaging $3.12/g yes- terday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website Louisi- anaGasPrices.com. CKSON-VAUGHAN AGENCY INC. rating 90 years of service to Tangipahou Parish 121 West Pine - Ponchatoula 985.386.3511 Call Us For All Your Insurance Needs SPARKY WELLES - President & Manager - Including the change in gas prices in Louisiana during the past week, prices yesterday were 3.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 11.0 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 12.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 5.5 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. "The national average has con- tinued to see a steady decline over the last week, and that trend will likely continue. Sell or Buy Anything You want Just $6.49 for 20 words -- Ask about Statewide Classifieds -- Call 98/386-2877 or editor@ponchatoula.com