2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. Lexus RX vs BMW X3 vs Porsche Macan
It’s no secret that shoppers searching for a compact luxury SUV now have more options than ever before. More drivers are turning to these types of vehicles for their unique ability to combine the versatility of an SUV with the poise and handling of a sports sedan. As you’ve researched models in this competitive segment, it’s only natural that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio has caught your attention. Joe Rizza Alfa Romeo is here to help simplify your decision with this informative comparison guide. We’ll investigate how the dynamic Stelvio measures up to its top competitors including the Lexus RX, BMW X3, and the Porsche Macan. Once you see the results, you’ll understand why more and more drivers are choosing Alfa Romeo.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Lexus RX 350
|2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint||VS||2023 Lexus RX 350|
|$46,575 ✔||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$48,550|
|5.5 seconds ✔||0-60 Time||7.6 seconds|
|144 mph ✔||Top Speed||124 mph|
|3,901 lbs ✔||Curb Weight||4,155 lbs|
|Rear-wheel drive ✔||Standard Drivetrain||Front-wheel drive|
|Double wishbone ✔||Front Suspension||Strut|
|56.5 cubic feet ✔||Maximum Cargo Capacity||46.2 cubic feet|
|Standard ✔||Leather Upholstery||Optional|
|Standard ✔||Memory Seats||Optional|
The first competitor up against the Stelvio is certainly the most popular SUV in this segment, the Lexus RX. The Stelvio is off and running with a price advantage just shy of $2,000 right from the start. The horsepower advantage offered by the Stelvio might not look like much at first, but take a look at how that translates to more than a 2 second advantage in their respective Zero-to-60 times – and you can start to see that the RX isn’t going to give the Stelvio much competition in the performance department. A double wishbone front suspension gives the Stelvio more precise handling too, especially when combined with the fact that the Stelvio is a good 250 pounds lighter. Both SUVs are available with all-wheel drive, but in standard form, the balance of the rear-wheel-drive Stelvio shows why it’s such a favorite with enthusiasts. The Stelvio hits a much higher top speed, which may not be that important to many buyers, but is a pretty clear indicator that Alfa Romeo simply takes performance more seriously than Lexus.
It’s not just performance where the Stelvio comes out ahead either, cargo capacity is quite a bit better too, always important when comparing compact SUVs. Then there are the luxury touches, like genuine leather upholstery and memory seats. These are standard on the Alfa Romeo, but will cost more in the already more expensive Lexus.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs BMW X3
|2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD||VS||2023 BMW X3 xDrive30i|
|$48,575||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$47,400|
|280 HP / 306 lb ft ✔||Horsepower / Torque||248 HP / 258 lb ft|
|5.5 seconds ✔||0-60 Time||6.0 seconds|
|Standard ✔||Remote Start||Optional|
|Standard ✔||Overhead Storage Console||Not Available|
|4-Way, Driver & Passenger ✔||Lumbar Adjustability||Optional|
|Driver & Passenger ✔||Memory Seats||Driver Only|
|Leather ✔||Seat Material||Leatherette|
|Standard ✔||Rear Audio Controls||Not Available|
Our next rival to go up against the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the BMW X3. The X3 is missing several key options and features that are standard on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The price difference between these two vehicles is $1,175 – which is less than the cost of the optional leather seating surfaces you need to pay extra for on the BMW X3. Add up the pricing of the other options you need to pay extra for on the BMW that the Stelvio includes as standard, and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio comes out less expensive in an apples-to-apples comparison. Those searching for an additional dose of adrenaline on their daily drive should opt for the Stelvio since it delivers greater horsepower and torque compared to the X3. The Stelvio offers a power advantage over the X3, to the tune of 32 horsepower and 48lb-ft of torque. That and the resulting difference in 0-60 times is the kind of performance that will make you smile behind the wheel.
Great for chilly winter mornings, the Stelvio comes standard with a remote start system. BMW requires you to pay extra for the same feature.A standard overhead storage console provides the ideal space to keep your valuables stored securely out of sight inside the Stelvio. Rear seat audio controls also offer back seat passengers the flexibility to choose their favorite music. Both options are not available on any trim level of the BMW X3.
When it comes to refinement, and as we alluded to earlier, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio offers genuine leather seat upholstery as standard compared to the synthetic leatherette inside the BMW X3. 4-way lumbar adjustability and seat memory are included as standard for both the driver and front passenger on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. The BMW X3 simply cannot compete with the Stelvio in these categories.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs Porsche Macan
|2023 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Sprint AWD||VS||2023 Porsche Macan Base AWD|
|$48,575 ✔||Starting MSRP (excluding destination charges)*||$57,500|
|22 / 28 / 24 ✔||MPG (city/hwy/combined)||19 / 23 / 21|
|280 HP / 306 lb ft ✔||Horsepower / Torque||261 HP / 295 lb ft|
|Brembo 4-Wheel Disc ✔||Brakes||4-Wheel Disc|
|8 ✔||Transmission Speeds||7|
|Standard ✔||Remote Start||Not Available|
|Standard ✔||Auto-Dimming Rear View Mirror||Optional|
|Power 4-Way, Driver & Passenger ✔||Lumbar Support||Optional|
|Driver ✔||Seat Memory||Optional|
|56.5 cubic feet ✔||Maximum Cargo Capacity||53 cubic feet|
Our final competitor for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Porsche Macan. Driving a Stelvio means you’ll save an astounding $8,925 over the equivalent Macan. Think that you’ll get more luxury, performance, or standard features for your $9,000 on the Porsche? Think again.
The Stelvio not only boasts superior fuel efficiency across all three categories of MPG, it’s also more powerful than the Porsche Macan. Stelvio drivers will enjoy the best of both worlds, all while paying a lower price. The superior stopping power of its Brembo 4-wheel disc brakes adds confidence when you need them most. A more-advanced 8-speed automatic transmission also contributes to the outstanding power delivery and efficiency of the Stelvio.
Other standard convenience features found on the Stelvio include a remote start system and an auto-dimming rear view mirror. Shifting our attention towards the interiors of both SUVs, the Alfa Romeo offers 2.5 additional cubic feet of cargo capacity. Additionally, you’ll also receive seat memory for the driver’s seat along with power 4-way lumbar support for both the driver and passenger. If comfort is a priority, the obvious choice is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio.
Winner — Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Now that you’ve seen the results, the clear winner of this competitive comparison is the impressive Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Even its biggest competition from Lexus, BMW, and Porsche cannot compete with the outstanding value, advanced technology, potent performance, and exceptional efficiency found on the Stelvio. Joe Rizza Alfa Romeo invites you to come experience all that the Stelvio has to offer.
*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. Stelvio starting at price refers to the base model with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.