The Alfa Romeo Stelvio lost out on this year’s “North American Utility of the Year” award, ceding defeat to the 2018 Volvo XC60 despite being perhaps the most lively, pleasurable crossover we’ve ever driven. Italy’s new mid-size crossover was named a finalist for the award, along with the XC60 and the all-new Honda Odyssey.
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is built on the same lauded “Giorgio” platform as the Giulia sedan, giving it the sort of agility and confidence that one might not readily associate with the segment. Further contributing to the sense of driving pleasure is the fact that many body panels – including the fenders, hood, and liftgate – are made from lightweight aluminum.
As if that weren’t enough, let’s not forget about the available Ferrari-developed, twin-turbocharged 2.9L V6, which gets the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio moving with up to 505 horsepower of thrust.
The NACTOY (North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year) awards are decided by a panel of more than 60 jurors across print, web, and broadcast media. Winners are crowned based on their virtues in the areas of innovation, design, safety, handling, driving satisfaction, value, and overall segment leadership.