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2018 TEXAS TRUCK RODEO RESULTS


Each fall, more than 50 TAWA automotive journalists and 100-plus manufacturer representatives from throughout the nation meet for a two-day evaluation of the industry’s best trucks, SUVs and CUVs. Results from the Texas Truck Rodeo are widely covered in national publications such as Motor Trend, Consumer Reports and USA TodayManufacturers covet the prestigious awards they earn at the Texas Truck Rodeo and often mention the honors in their promotional material.

TOP AWARDS

Truck of Texas: 2019 Ram 1500

SUV of Texas: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS

CUV of Texas: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Quadrifoglio

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:09 PM | Derek Price

BEE CAVE, Texas — After two days of evaluations, journalist members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) selected the 2019 Ram 1500 as Truck of Texas.

The award was presented Oct. 16 at the culmination of the Texas Truck Rodeo, presented by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), in which 69 journalists drove 57 vehicles and voted on winners across a range of consumer categories.

In addition to the Ram 1500 winning the overall prize, the 2019 Maserati Levante GTS won SUV of Texas and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio took home CUV of Texas. Complete results from the voting are listed below.

“TAWA journalists know their trucks, and they picked the new Ram as the clear winner,” said Michael Marrs, TAWA president. “Our members said the truck performed well even in challenging weather conditions during the Hill Country floods this year. It was also noteworthy that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles swept all the overall awards at this year’s competition.”

After a morning of off-road driving on Monday, torrential rain and safety concerns forced the remainder of the event to move to on-road evaluations. Still, journalists said they enjoyed their brief time driving four-wheel-drive vehicles on slippery Texas hills and through deep mud — conditions that challenge even the best 4x4s and uncover strengths and weaknesses of off-road products.

"Being named the Texas Auto Writers Association's Truck of Texas is the highest honor in the world's largest pickup market," said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand and U.S. Sales; Chairman, President and CEO, FCA Canada Inc. "The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 offers the best combination of class exclusive features, refinement capability and efficiency. Winning this award is a challenge, but the Ram 1500 is well suited to the hard-working needs of Texas truck buyers."

At the end of the event, journalists judged each of the vehicles in five criteria: Interior, Exterior, Performance, Value and Personal Appeal.

In addition to SMDI’s title sponsorship, other sponsors of the 2019 Texas Truck Rodeo included LINE-X Protective Coatings, Saddleback Leather Company, Katzkin Automotive Leather, the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show, DFW Auto Show, Houston Auto Show, AutomotiveTouchup and Wieck.


PAST TRUCK RODEO RESULTS

FULL RESULTS

TRUCK OF TEXAS

Winner: 2019 Ram 1500

Runner Up: 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon


SUV OF TEXAS

Winner: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS

Runner Up: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon


CUV OF TEXAS

Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Runner Up: 2019 Mazda CX-9


Category Awards:


COMPACT CUV

Winner: 2019 Nissan Kicks SR

Runner Up: 2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD


MID-SIZE CUV

Winner: 2018 Nissan Murano Midnight Edition AWD

Runner Up: 2019 Honda Pilot Elite


FULL-SIZE CUV

Winner: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD

Runner Up: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL


LUXURY CUV

Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Runner Up: 2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport


SUB-COMPACT SUV

Winner: 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD

Runner Up: 2018 Fiat 500X Trekking AWD


COMPACT SUV

Winner: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure

Runner Up: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk


MID-SIZE SUV

Winner: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara

Runner Up: 2019 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Limited


FULL-SIZE SUV

Winner: 2019 Dodge Durango SRT

Runner Up: 2019 Nissan Armada Platinum 4x4


COMPACT LUXURY SUV

Winner: 2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design

Runner Up: 2019 Acura RDX Advance


MID-SIZE LUXURY SUV

Winner: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

Runner Up: 2019 Lexus RX 350L


FULL-SIZE LUXURY SUV

Winner: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS

Runner Up: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited


OFF-ROAD UTILITY VEHICLE

Winner: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Runner Up: 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro


MID-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro


FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2019 Ram 1500 Limited

Runner Up: 2019 Nissan Titan Crew Cab SL


HEAVY DUTY PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon


LUXURY PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

Runner Up: 2019 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve


OFF-ROAD PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel

Runner Up: 2019 Nissan Titan PRO-4X


COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

Winner: 2019 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab


FEATURE AWARDS


BEST TECHNOLOGY

Winner: UConnect 4C With 12-inch Screen

Runner Up: Infiniti Smart Rearview Mirror


BEST POWERTRAIN

Winner: Ram eTorque Mild Hybrid

Runner Up: Infiniti VC-Turbo


BEST CONNECTIVITY

Winner: Volvo Sensus




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