Compact luxury crossovers generally come in two classes: sedate and comfortable people movers with reasonable amounts of available cargo space available in a pinch, and performance-oriented tall wagons that are more focused on offering a thrilling driving experience than maximizing practicality. The 2013 Infiniti EX37 falls squarely in the latter category, a crossover that its manufacturer is unafraid to advertise as legitimately sporty and one that shares significant amounts of platform DNA with some of Infiniti's fun-to-drive passenger cars.
There are, of course, sacrifices that must be made in the pursuit of engaging driving dynamics - namely, the 'utility' that is represented by the letter 'U' in the acronym 'SUV.' For some buyers, the balancing act between work and play that is the EX37's lot in life is an acceptable compromise, while others won't be able to stomach the reduced feature set of the small crossover. With a number of competitors waiting out there to snag luxury buyers in the compact segment - such as the BMW X3, the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, and the Acura RDX - it helps to know which group you fall into before making the decision to purchase Infiniti's most affordable family vehicle.