Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Winners



There is the saying “If you have a body, you’re an athelete”.  Nina Russin and the folks at know that active folks rely on their vehicles more than most to get them to the places they want to go with the gear they have to do the sports they love.

To find out what works best, they hold the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year award.  ALV is the only car-of-the-year program that puts automotive writers and dedicated athletes together to determine which cars and trucks meet the demanding needs of people who are fun hogs.

I am one of those on the panel and as an auto writer I’m a two-fer (my sport of choice is long distance and marathon running). The press release with the details, categories, and winners are below.  Congrats to the winners.  I’m off to lace up my Nikes…

Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Announces 2013 Winners

October 21, 2012

For Immediate release

The Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year ninth annual program concluded with its annual ride-and-drive at Local Motors in Chandler, Arizona on Saturday October 20. Over a hundred attendees including seventy athletes who participate in sports including cycling, triathlon, kayaking, softball, running and more evaluated 28 cars in seven categories. Members of the media and ALV jury panel members joined the teams of athletes, who heard product presentations by the OEMs before driving vehicles on both on and off-road courses.

With each successive year, it seems that the quality bar rises for each of the seven competitive categories. The most recent program was no exception, with differences in scoring being as small in some cases as hundredths of a point.

Voting by the athletes counted 50 percent in the final tally, with jury panel members’ votes accounting for the remaining 50 percent.

“Authenticity is a very important aspect of this program,” said ALV co-founder, Nina Russin. “We vet the athletes to make sure their involvement in sports is significant enough to impact their car buying decisions. Team leaders are considered opinion leaders in the active community. This year, we invited parents judging the family category to bring their kids, so that they would test drive the cars in the same way that they might use their personal vehicles.”

Winners for the ninth annual program are:

Urban (MSRP at or below $20,000): 2013 Kia Soul

Best Value On-road (MSRP at or below $35,000): 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Best Value Off-Road (MSRP at or below $35,000 with true off-road capability): 2012 Jeep Wrangler

Luxury On-Road (MSRP over $35,000): 2013 Audi Allroad

Luxury Off-Road (MSRP over $35,000 with true off-road capability): 2013 Ram 1500 4X4 Laramie

Green ALV (Alternative fuel and hybrid powertrains): 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI

Family (Three rows of seating): 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL BlueTec

ALV is the only car-of-the-year program in the United States which combines the input of automotive journalists with elite and area athletes to determine which cars and trucks best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles.

Program organizers would like to thank this year’s sponsors, Mindfold Inc. and Local Motors for their continued support.

Photos of this year’s program are available on our Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year Facebook page. For additional information contact Tyson Hugie at (435) 229-6208 or

One Comment

  1. Facepalm says:

    Interesting piece, Tom. I had no idea there was such a program. Thank you for sharing it with us!