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2018 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.

TOP AWARDS


Car of Texas: 2018 Lexus LC 500


Family Car of Texas: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica


Performance Car of Texas: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GT R


DECATUR, Texas — Lexus and Chrysler won the top two awards at the 2018 Texas Auto Roundup on April 16-17, presented by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). After 49 members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) evaluated 46 vehicles, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 was crowned the overall Car of Texas. In addition, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica took home the event’s other top award, the Family Car of Texas.

TAWA members, who cover the automotive industry for print, online and broadcast outlets across the United States, voted on the top vehicles after spending two days comparing them at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas. They took the vehicles on a series of exercises on the 2.5-mile racetrack, pushing performance cars and taking other vehicles on slalom, acceleration and braking tests. They also learned about the new vehicles’ features and changes from manufacturer representatives.

“Our journalists had a clear decision after driving vehicles at a new venue this year,” said Michael Marrs, TAWA’s president. “They thought the new Lexus LC stood out among the competitors for its eye-catching looks and refined but muscular performance on the track.” In addition to SMDI’s title sponsorship, the 2018 event also was supported by the Polaris Slingshot and Wieck Media.

Other category award winners from the 2018 Texas Auto Roundup include:

ACTIVITY VEHICLE

  • Winner: 2018 Infiniti QX80
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Jeep Wrangler

COMPACT CAR

  • Winner: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

MID-SIZE CAR

  • Winner: 2018 Toyota Camry
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Volkswagen Passat

FULL-SIZE CAR

  • Winner: 2019 Toyota Avalon
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Honda Accord

FULL-SIZE LUXURY CAR

  • Winner: 2018 Lexus LS 500
  • Runner-Up: 2019 Infiniti QX50

GREEN VEHICLE

  • Winner: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Honda Clarity

MINIVAN

  • Winner: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

PERFORMANCE COMPACT

  • Winner: 2018 Honda Civic Type R
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

PERFORMANCE COUPE

  • Winner: 2018 Lexus LC 500
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

PERFORMANCE SEDAN

  • Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Kia Stinger

PERFORMANCE UTILITY

  • Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

SUPERCAR

  • Winner: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GT R
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

BEST TECHNOLOGY

  • Winner: World’s First Production-Ready Variable Compression Ratio Engine, 2019 Infiniti QX50

BEST NEW INTERIOR

  • Winner: 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring


PAST AUTO ROUNDUP RESULTS

FULL RESULTS

FULL-SIZE LUXURY CAR

Winner: 2018 Lexus LS 500

Runner-Up: 2019 Infiniti QX50


FULL-SIZE CAR

Winner: 2019 Toyota Avalon

Runner-Up: 2018 Honda Accord


MID-SIZE CAR

Winner: 2018 Toyota Camry

Runner-Up: 2018 Volkswagen Passat


COMPACT CAR

Winner: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Runner-Up: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R


PERFORMANCE SEDAN

Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Runner-Up: 2018 Kia Stinger


PERFORMANCE COUPE

Winner: 2018 Lexus LC 500

Runner-Up: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody 


PERFORMANCE COMPACT

Winner: 2018 Honda Civic Type R

Runner-Up: 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

 

SUPERCAR

Winner: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GT R

Runner-Up: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk


ACTIVITY VEHICLE

Winner: 2018 Infiniti QX80

Runner-Up: 2018 Jeep Wrangler


PERFORMANCE UTILITY

Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Runner-Up: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT


MINIVAN

Winner: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica


GREEN VEHICLE

Winner: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Runner-Up: 2018 Honda Clarity


BEST INTERIOR

Winner: 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring


BEST TECHNOLOGY 

Winner: World’s First Production-Ready Variable Compression Ratio

Engine, 2019 Infiniti QX50



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