The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has named the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio as the “Crossover of Texas,” as well as the “Luxury Crossover of Texas” out of more than 60 pickup trucks and SUVs. The Stelvio also received “Most Drives” honors, making a total of 3 awards for the nameplate.
“On the heels of the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio’s multiple honors – including our coveted ‘Car of Texas’ trophy – earlier this year, our journalists were most intrigued to test out the Italian brand’s Stelvio utility and with no doubt we came away very impressed,” said Nic Phillips, President of TAWA. “With so many highly competitive crossovers to choose from these days, Alfa Romeo has absolutely infused its Italian heritage and racing pedigree into a CUV that delivers sporting dynamics while still forging a very practical vehicle that people will get a smile from driving each and every day.”
News of the most recent accolades for the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio doesn’t really surprise us, as it’s one of the most technologically advanced SUVs on the market, with features like a class-exclusive carbon-fiber driveshaft, a flat-bottom Formula One-inspired steering wheel, and the DNA drive mode selector. On top of that, it just so happens to be the fastest production SUV around the Nürburgring with a lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds, thanks to 50/50 weight distribution and the ability to sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 5.4 seconds.
Those performance figures are representative of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which isn’t available just yet. However, the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti are on sale now with an MSRP of $41,995 and $43,995, respectively.