QOTD: Do You Dare Call a Crossover 'Sexy'?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
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This is not a knock on the usefulness and broad appeal of the vast crossover segment. It exists for a reason, and you still don’t have to buy one if you don’t want to. Yes, yes, buyers don’t know what they’re doing and should demand better/something else, but you’re stuck living your life and no one else’s. Face up to it.

While crossovers do perplex, annoy, or just plain bore a great many of us, the segment is not immune to style. Some models are, for sure, but the heightened competition of recent years has seen designers go bolder with their brushstrokes. Sculptors have grown more daring, more willing to envision a set of hips, and maybe… well, you recall those 1950s Cadillac bumpers.

Eyeing these new family haulers, is there a particular model you’d dare call sexy?

As the ill-fated private detective said in Psycho, “It’s not a slur on your manhood.” You can open up here.

For some reason, everywhere I’ve gone these past few days, a certain new-for-2019 compact crossover has followed. And while I’ve commended the premium marque for its skillful handling of the model’s redesign (buyers seem enamored, too), I’d never viewed one from its most attractive angle: side-on, from two parking spaces away, and while sitting behind the wheel.

Whoa, I thought — this thing has more shape than I gave it credit for. Strangely, not a single photo in the automaker’s media gallery shows this particular angle. And yet it’s arguably the model’s best look. Rakish, slim (if you can call a high-riding vehicle slim), with body lines and curves that — amazingly — hint at a much more utilitarian E-Type. Granted, the long nose/tapered roofline look is most definitely in these days. Ask Lincoln about that.

What was the model?

This. A 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec, which Acura apparently feels should only be seen from the front and rear quarter.

Acura’s not alone in designing a lowly (read: lucrative) crossover that’s actually worth looking at. The Range Rover Velar adopts a similar, if lengthier, profile, with less-busy flanks that could be seen as sensuous by the right observer. Porsche’s cayenne has gone coupe. BMW’s X4 and X6 … well, maybe those aberrations aren’t worth mentioning. But Mazda’s CX-5 and CX-9 might turn a few heads.

Admit it. There’s a crossover out there that’s capable of turning your head, and maybe, just maybe, stirring a sense of desire. What model deserves kudos for style?

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Acura]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on May 12, 2019

    My wife and I didn't buy a CRV because it was sexy we bought it because it best fit our needs. Few of today's vehicles would I call sexy at best many of them are just boring and appliance like which is not entirely a bad thing.

  • El scotto El scotto on May 12, 2019

    Gentlemen, automotive marketing departments and you local car dealer doesn't give a whit what you care about CUV/SUVs. What matters is what the person who sleeps on the other side of your bed thinks of them.

  • Fred I don't know about those big screens. Is there a way to minimize the display, so it's not so distracting? Especially at night the glow doesn't make it easy for me.
  • Arthur Dailey Toronto Blue Jays' games are only available on AM radio. As I am 'on the road' quite often when the Jays play that is my only option for listening to the game. So an AM radio is something of a 'must have' for me.
  • JMII My brother tracked one of these for several years... it will embarrass other sports cars. He sold it to someone who still rips it around on track days. Given my previous VW experience I wouldn't touch it but these are surprising quick and handle well for hatchback credit going to a decent AWD system. $16k seems crazy, but Rs aren't that common and this one appears to be in great condition and seems well sorted.
  • Arthur Dailey I meant the grille and the profile along the passenger area. Look closely and it is reminiscent of the Journey.
  • Daniel 16500 pesos