Think Crossovers Can’t Be Fun? You’re Wrong

A little bulbous, a little frustrating, and a lot of fun to drive.

I drove the Infiniti QX30s (base: $29,350) for a single fleeting week in Ojai, California, during which time my girlfriend referred to it exclusively as “the speedy turtle.” This isn’t some huge slight — surely, you, too have eyes. There’s a lot to love underneath the bulbous skin of this crossover. It’s athletic and grippy, careening around turns with its low center of gravity. It loves when you lay into the gas, using every bit of the 208 horsepower in its 2.0-liter turbo engine without hesitation. It also doesn’t mind when you grind to a halt, braking firmly and instantly on all fours. This driveability shouldn’t be surprising, as the Infiniti comes from a luxury pedigree, sharing the same platform as the Mercedes’ GLA crossover.

Unfortunately, the idea of luxury hardly makes its way inside the vehicle. The visibility out of the front is narrow, and the tech is frustrating; for example, I’m no luddite, yet my countless attempts to get a stable pairing via Bluetooth proved unsuccessful. The single most frustrating element of the vehicle: put the car in drive, get up to speed, and the doors lock. Put the car in park, and locked they will remain. Yes, I get it, this is nitpicky. But by the twelfth time you’ve instinctively tried to open a locked door from the inside, you will scream.

But, alas: keep the car in drive, get it up to speed, and your worries will drift away. As tumultuous as our relationship may be, the Speedy Turtle and I will always have Ojai.

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