Advertisements for small crossovers soon will be flooding the airwaves, trying to get shoppers’ attention. The subcompact crossover trend started with the Nissan Juke, but it’s catching on with Buick’s Encore, Chevrolet’s Trax and Jeep’s Renegade. The upcoming Honda HR-V will be leading the next wave, but Fiat hopes its stylish 500X will steal some of the spotlight.
I drove one of the new Italian imports (yes, it’s made in Melfi, Italy) earlier this week through Southern California on city streets, highways and for most of the time on extremely twisty mountain roads. It’s an all-around stunner that will surprise shoppers who are likely unaware of this still-new brand in the U.S.