2013 Infiniti JX35: Skirting Trouble
June 26, 2012
Edmunds.com is officially a "business casual" establishment, but we're on the jeans end of the spectrum. And so it can be fun to put on business attire sometimes. It's like playing dress-up.
But when I dressed more formally last week, it didn't work out so well. My straight skirt wouldn't let me take the wide stance I needed to get into the JX35. It was before dawn and no one was looking, so I hitched it up and jumped in.
Later, I practiced a more modest approach, perching sideways on the edge of the seat, and then pivoting into the car, knees together, in refined way that would have delighted my social-graces teacher, Miss Adair. (I did time in a school for girls.)
Is driver/passenger wardrobe a consideration for carmakers? A Chrysler spokesman said that ingress and egress tests for men and women are part of its consumer product evaluation process. But participants are wearing whatever they happened to put on that day, with no special attention paid to ease of entry for those in pencil skirts, kimonos or kilts. I imagine that's same for other carmakers, including Infiniti.
This attire business is not a big deal. But if you're shopping for a car and you have to wear unforgiving skirts on a daily basis, you might want to make "easy access" an item on your test-drive checklist. (Ease of entry is not a problem unique to SUVs, either. Low cars have similar issues.)
Or you could change how you get into a vehicle, no matter what it happens to be. An interior-restoration specialist told me that the side-saddle and swing-in maneuver means less wear-and-tear on seats, particularly if they're finished in leather. Better for your back, too.
Miss Adair always said good comportment had tangible benefits. Turns out she was right.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor