ALV of the Year Announces 2016 WinnersPosted on October 28th, 2016
Thirteenth annual competition sees record attendance
By Nina Russin
The 2016 edition of the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year competition that took place October 21-22 in Chandler AZ saw record attendance, with an expanded full-day media drive and half-day ride-and-drive during which over four dozen athletes drove and voted on vehicles.
ALV is the only car-of-the-year program in the United States to combine the input of nationally recognized automotive journalists with elite and area athletes to determine which vehicles currently in production best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles.
ALV of the Year is pleased to announce the following winning vehicles in eight categories:
Best Value On-Road: 2016 Volkswagen Golf TSI
Best Value Off-Road: 2016 Ram Rebel
Extreme Off-Road: 2017 Nissan Titan PRO 4X
Luxury On-Road: 2017 Kia Cadenza
Best Value Family: 2016 Ford Explorer
Luxury Family: 2017 Nissan Armada
Green ALV: 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel
Urban: 2017 Kia Soul
“With twenty-six of today’s leading active lifestyle vehicles entered in the competition, the 2016 program was the most competitive to date,’ said ALV of the Year co-founder, Nina Russin. ‘It was also one of the most exciting, thanks to our expanded media day that included off-road driving in the Butcher Jones recreation area and the Phoenix area debut of the 2017 Acura NSX super car as a special feature.”
Among the athletes were representatives from Arizona Legends, retired NFL players of Arizona including former Arizona Cardinals, Jay Taylor, Rodney Thomas and Mark Walczak as well as Marshane Graves, formerly with the Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos. Elite runners, cyclists, triathletes, paddlers and kayakers rounded out the teams of athletes.
“The quality of the competition depends not only on its participants but the resources for evaluating the vehicles,” Russin continued.
“Eric Noble and his team at The Carlab, Orange County-based engineering consultants, raised the bar by overseeing the off-road driving area. With routes designed for both all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive vehicles, the automakers had the opportunity to demonstrate their most recent technology for vehicle handling and active safety.”
ALV would like to thank its 2016 sponsors, Toyota, FCA, Mitsubishi, Kia Motors America, Nissan, Mindfold Inc. and The Carlab.