As a marathon runner, I often find myself packing test vehicles with smelly runners, hauling backpacks and gear and, occasionally, changing in the back seat. Some vehicles are obviously more versatile than others. And some vehicles go above and beyond for those of us with active lifestyles.
Enter the Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year.
One of the hats I wear as an automotive journalist is that I sit on the jury for this award, and we select winners in 7 competitive categories: Urban, Best Value On-Road, Best Value Off-Road, Luxury On-Road, Luxury Off-Road, Green ALV and Family.
The Carspondent.com Active Lifestyle Vehicle of the Year is now in its 9th year, and it is the only car-of-the-year program in the US that 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.
So, without further ado, the 2012 ALV winners are ...
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