If you check the bio it looks like the author learned to drive about 6 months ago….still can't drive stick....
More realistically he graduated with a journalism degree 6 months ago, and this was the first gig he got.
He knocks the Stelvio for not having a touchscreen then recommends a Mazda...which doesn't have a touchscreen, is a second slower to 60, and gets 1 mpg WORSE EPA rated gas mileage...that he says the Mazda is as fun to drive as the Alfa....well, we will just have to agree that means this writer is unqualified to report on how a car drives...(We can agree to disagree, but first lets agree on what we are disagreeing on...that guy should not be telling people how a car drives.) Of course, that he considers self-driving tech to be so invaluable already proves this fact IMO.
Says the Stelvio's interior is too down market compared to competitors...yet in his Maserati Levante Review he said the Stelvio has a nice interior...better than the Maserati (it isn't, switchgear and a few minor trim pieces aside...the Maserati is nicer in terms of luxury, and the plastic quality is similar). He also neglects in all his complaining about how at $60k the Stelvio doesn't have massaging seats, that the Stelvio's better equipped competitors are either significantly more expensive when they have that equipment, or have significantly less power...or both.
In that same Levante review he talks about how the Maserati is such a great handling vehicle, but the Alfa he compares to a Mazda as if they are the same....but the Alfa handles significantly better than the Maserati, which handles better than the Mazda, but the Mazda is as good as the Alfa...makes my brain hurt.....
From reading a few articles he is impressed by tech and big horsepower numbers, however from the canned and/or completely missing descriptions of how any of the cars actually drive/accelerate, I doubt he has ever been over the speed limit and probably goes around turns at the speed posted on the yellow caution signs....
...and the photography...there are better pictures on this forum. The shot composition, angles, etc are just boring. Not just the Stelvio, all the reviews on CNBC I see, especially this guy's. and publishers wonder why readership on traditional car publications continues to drop......where is the joy in driving?
, I will agree with you but add most of the people who fit the description you give of "most" drivers, are that way because they don't know how to be any other way. It is not necessarily because they want to, and many - I think - aren't happy and would like to be different. However they don't know what to look for. In my opinion the job of an auto writer is to help educate people on how to better enjoy driving and cars in general so when they go out to purchase a car for themselves, it will be the car that suits them best. In which case, a review like this just fails on all levels.
The Mazda CX5 is a great car, so is the Levante, so is the Stelvio...all in unique ways. A good writer will describe each subject on it's own merits, providing enough background to give the reader a basic understanding of the concepts involved (Ie: what is luxury, fun-to-drive, why does one car handle better than another and how can you as the driver explore it, etc...), unfortunately very few writers of any subject - especially cars - are able to do this anymore and as such consumer education and refinement suffers.
Gotta say, awesome of you to take the time to educate your girlfriend on how to analyze how a car drives to figure out if it is the correct car for how she drives!! (Or maybe you were just a commercial for Alfa and you convinced her...that works too!!!)