2016 TEXAS AUTO ROUNDUP RESULTS
As part of TAWA’s efforts to serve the automotive journalists members who cover the automotive industry, more than 50 TAWA members and 60-plus manufacturer representatives from throughout the nation meet each spring for a two-day evaluation of the industry’s latest compact cars, sedans, and top performance cars as well as CUVs, activity vehicles, vans, and green vehicles. Manufacturers covet the prestigious awards they earn and often mention the honors in their promotional material.
Car of Texas: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R
Family Car of Texas: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica
Performance Car of Texas: 2016 Dodge Viper GTC
FORT WORTH, Texas, May 3, 2016 - The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) gathered once again for the annual Texas Auto Roundup to drive and evaluate 53 vehicles, within 17 different categories, over a two-day period. Fifty-eight journalists descended on Texas Motor Speedway and have chosen the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R as Car of Texas, and the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica as the Family Car of Texas.
Journalists came from 11 different states across the country, and from around the globe including the Netherlands. Despite early threats for a repeat of the deluge of 2015, the weather finally cleared up enough to allow journalists to take full advantage of the Texas Motor Speedway facilities including the infield racetrack.
Winning the Compact Car category was the 2016 Honda Civic Touring, with the 2016 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring runner-up.
In the Mid-Size Car category, the 2016 Kia Optima SXL was named the winner with the 2016 Nissan Altima SL runner-up. In the Mid-Size Luxury Car category, the 2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 was the winner with the 2016 Lexus ES 350 runner-up.
In the full-size category, the 2016 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack was the winner with the 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum runner-up. For the full-size luxury car, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 was the winner, with the 2016 Chrysler 300 Platinum runner-up.
Performance Compact winner was the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club, with the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R runner-up. Performance Coupe was the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R with the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat runner-up. Performance Sedan was the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, with the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Sedan runner-up.
The Minivan category was won by the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited, with the 2016 Toyota Sienna Limited runner-up. Activity Vehicle was the 2016 Nissan Murano Platinum, with the 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E runner-up.
Performance Utility was won by the 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design with the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT runner-up. The Green Vehicle was the 2016 Lexus RX 450h, with the 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier Hatchback runner-up.
The Super Car of Texas was the 2016 Dodge Viper GTC.
TAWA is one of the most reputable automotive press organizations in the industry, with a mission to promote quality and accuracy in automotive journalism and disseminate information about the industry through news related print, online and broadcast media. TAWA produces two driving events each year—the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall. Media members enjoy driving and evaluating new vehicles competing for the coveted Car of Texas or Truck of Texas trophies. For more information, please visit www.texasautowriters.org.
PAST AUTO ROUNDUP RESULTS
FULL-SIZE LUXURY CAR
Winner: 2016 Cadillac CT6
Runner Up: 2016 Chrysler 300 Platinum
Winner: 2016 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
Runner Up: 2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum
Winner: 2016 Kia Optima SXL
Runner Up: 2016 Nissan Altima SL
MID-SIZE LUXURY CAR
Winner: 2016 Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400
Runner Up: 2016 Lexus ES 350
Winner: 2016 Honda Civic Touring
Runner Up: 2016 Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring
Winner: 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Runner Up: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V
Winner: 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R
Runner Up: 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Winner: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Club
Runner Up: 2016 Volkswagen Golf R
Winner: 2016 Dodge Viper GTC
Winner: 2016 Nissan Murano Platinum
Runner Up: 2016 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Drive-E
Winner: 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD R-Design
Runner Up: 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Winner: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Limited
Runner Up: 2016 Toyota Sienna Limited
Winner: 2016 Lexus RX 450h
Runner Up: 2017 Chevrolet Volt Premier Hatchback