2019 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: 2019 Dodge Challenger
CUV of Texas: 2020 Kia Telluride
Family Car of Texas: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica
Performance Car of Texas: 2019 Dodge Challenger
Denton,Texas - April 04, 2019 - Dodge Challenger Wins ‘Car of Texas’
A Dodge muscle car won the top award at the 2019 Texas Auto Roundup. After 44 journalist members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) evaluated 29 vehicles April 14-16, the 2019 Dodge Challenger was crowned the overall Car of Texas.
“Driving enthusiasts in Texas love horsepower, and the Challenger’s classic muscular lines and monumental power won over our voters,” said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA and co-host of the In Wheel Time radio show in Houston. “The most powerful Challenger that Dodge brought to the Roundup — the SRT Hellcat Redeye — drew attention for its 797-horsepower engine and raucous exhaust note.”
The Challenger also won the Performance Car of Texas title. Other top awards include the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as Family Car of Texas and 2020 Kia Telluride as CUV 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 in Denton, Texas. They took the vehicles on a series of street and handling exercises, pushing performance cars and taking other vehicles on slalom, acceleration and braking tests. Members also learned about the new vehicles’ features and changes from manufacturer representatives.
Other category award winners from the 2019 Texas Auto Roundup include:
MID-SIZE LUXURY CAR
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TOP AWARDS BY CATEGORY
MID-SIZE LUXURY CAR
Winner: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport
Winner: 2019 Nissan Maxima Platinum
Winner: 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE
Winner: 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Winner: 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
Winner: 2019 Volkswagen GTI SE
Winner: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD
Winner: 2020 Kia Telluride SX
Winner: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E63 S Wagon Carbon Fiber
Winner: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica
Winner: 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS SV