by Jason Fogelson

You can tell that a vehicle segment is important when the luxury brands come along and start to colonize. Just a few years ago, compact crossover vehicles were a niche. Nobody really believed that there was a market for them. Big was in. Would an Escalade driver ever want to drive a compact crossover?

Turns out that compact crossovers draw from two directions at once. Large and mid-size SUV drivers step down into compacts; sedan and hatchback drivers step up into compact crossovers.

Infiniti already had a pretty broad range of crossovers and SUVs, from the QX50 all the way to the QX80. But they saw that there was room at the bottom for a compact crossover.

I got a chance to drive the new 2017 Infiniti QX30 at a recent event in Seattle, and I reviewed the luxury compact crossover for

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