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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.


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Truck of Texas: 2018 Ford F150

SUV of Texas: 2018 Volvo XC60

CUV of Texas: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport


Austin, TX – Oct. 17, 2017 –The 2018 Ford F150 was named the 2018 Truck of Texas by The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) following the Texas Truck Rodeo in Dripping Springs, Texas, where 75 journalists evaluated and voted on the best in class vehicles in 21 categories.

Sixty-four vehicles, with a combined value of nearly $4 million were test driven and compared over a two-day period at Longhorn River Ranch just outside of Austin.

"With the new 2018 F-150, we're honored to earn back-to-back Truck of Texas awards for F-Series, a recognition that speaks to the truck team's dedication to our hard-working customers," said Raj Nair, executive vice president and president of North America. "That's especially true here in Texas - truck capital of the world.”

The 2018 Volvo XC60 was named the SUV of Texas and the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport was named the CUV of Texas.

The TAWA Truck Rodeo, presented by Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), was held in the scenic Texas Hill Country as vehicles were tested both on local streets and on off-road courses. TAWA members were able to get a full experience of the vehicles driving on rough terrain, climbing rocks, crossing creeks and dodging exotic wildlife. 

Engineers from the competing manufacturers were on hand to answer questions from journalists about the vehicles and to aid in the evaluation process. Vehicles are measured on their interior, exterior, value, performance and personal appeal.  

“The competition was incredibly fierce at this year’s Texas Truck Rodeo,”  TAWA President Nic Phillips said. “More than 70 member journalists put in more 300 hours of driving time evaluating the vehicles presented. The results in several categories are separated by the narrowest of margins, just tenths, and hundredths of a point, confirming just how competitive the trucks and utility vehicles are today,” Phillips said. “Ford’s 2018 F-150 Pickup, boosted by its extreme performance 2018 Raptor model along with updated EcoBoost engines and 10-speed transmissions, convinced our journalists to bestow the trophy,” he said. “Nissan was the most overall awarded brand with five category wins, Mazda swept non-luxury CUVs, and Alfa Romeo’s all-new Stelvio Ti Sport took CUV of Texas.”



Heavy duty pickup truck: 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten

Best commercial vehicle: 2018 Nissan Titan King Cab SV

Luxury pickup truck: 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork

Off-road pickup: 2017 Ford F150 Raptor

Full-size pickup: 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition

Midsize pickup: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Best technology: Nissan Pro Pilot

Best connectivity: Volvo XC60

Best powertrain: Volvo XC60

Off-road utility vehicle: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon

Sub-Compact SUV: 2017 Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk

Compact SUV: 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum

Mid-size Luxury SUV: 2018 Volvo XC60

Compact Luxury SUV: 2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD

Full-size SUV: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

Mid-size SUV: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk

Compact SUV: 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum

Full-size CUV: 2018 Mazda CX9 Grand Touring AWD

Mid-size CUV: 2017 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring GT

Compact CUV: 2018 Mazda CX3 Grand Touring FWD

Luxury CUV: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport


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