Our reactions to subcompact and compact crossovers has been almost uniformly negative. But a week with the Fiat 500X compelled us to add one more model to our short list of small crossovers and SUVs that we actually liked to drive.
The 500X has weathered Chrysler Fiat's withdrawal of some slow-selling, low-profit Fiat models from the U.S. market. The diminutive 500 and 500e (all-electric) have been discontinued, leaving only the larger 500X, the 500L, and the Mazda-based 124 Spider roadster. Americans love crossovers and SUVs, and there's a place in the U.S. market for even the smallest models - including our favorites in this category, the Buick Encore, Lexus UX250 and Jeep Renegade. The 500X, built on the same platform as the Renegade, also makes the cut.