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2019 TEXAS TRUCK RODEO RESULTS


Each fall, more than 50 TAWA automotive journalists and numerous 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: 2020 RAM 1500 

SUV of Texas: 2020 Kia Telluride 

Mid-Size Truck of Texas: 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Ram, Kia Win Top Awards in Texas

Wednesday, November 11, 2019 8:09 PM | Derek Price  Communications VP

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Ram 1500 and Kia Telluride took home the top awards from the Texas Auto Writers Association's annual Texas Truck Rodeo in October.

TAWA's journalist members named the half-ton Ram the Truck of Texas for the second year in a row after two days of evaluating vehicles on- and off-road in the Texas Hill Country. The Telluride, a new vehicle recently introduced by Kia, won the SUV of Texas award. The award winners were announced Nov. 20 at the San Antonio Auto and Truck Show.

"Our journalist members were impressed with the continued capability and refinement in the Ram product line, particularly the 1500 compared to the domestic competitors at the event," said Michael Marrs, TAWA's president. "They also were impressed by the level of luxury and value in the new Telluride. It delivers a lot of practicality and comfort for Texas families."

Ram won more awards than any other brand at the event. In addition to the prestigious Truck of Texas title, it won the heavy duty, luxury and full-size truck categories, along with several awards for its innovative features.

Toyota won four awards, including the mid-size and full-size SUV categories with the RAV4 and Sequoia. Jeep's Gladiator and Wrangler won the mid-size pickup and off-road SUV categories, while Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Acura and Volvo also took home awards.

TAWA's 2019 Texas Truck Rodeo included 56 journalists who evaluated 54 vehicles.

A complete list of award winners is below.

The 2019 Texas Truck Rodeo was sponsored by the Austin Auto Show, Big Tex Trailers, DFW Auto Show, Houston Auto Show, Katzkin Automotive Leather, San Antonio Auto & Truck Show, Prestige Auto and Wieck.

For more information, contact Kristin Shaw, TAWA's Vice President for Events, at kristin.shaw@texasautowriters.org.


2019 Texas Truck Rodeo Award Winners

Truck of Texas: 2020 RAM 1500 
SUV of Texas: 2020 Kia Telluride 

Subcompact Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2019 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk
Compact Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road
Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2020 Kia Telluride SX
Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro
Compact Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec SH-AWD
Mid-Size Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription
Full-Size Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2020 Lexus GX 460 Luxury
Mid-Size Pickup Truck of Texas: 2020 Jeep Gladiator Overland
Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas: 2020 RAM 1500 Rebel
Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas: 2019 RAM 2500 Laramie Longhorn
Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas: 2020 RAM 1500 Limited
Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas: 2019 RAM 2500 Power Wagon
Commercial Vehicle of Texas: 2019 Mercedes Sprinter Passenger 4x4
Off-Road Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas: 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Best Infotainment System: RAM Uconnect System & Touchscreen Display
Best Powertrain: RAM EcoDiesel
Best Towing: RAM Rear Air Suspension
Best Safety Feature: Toyota Safety Sense P
Best Driver Assist System: Toyota Panoramic View & Multi-Terrain Monitor


PAST TRUCK RODEO RESULTS

FULL RESULTS

TRUCK OF TEXAS

Winner: 2020 RAM 1500


SUV OF TEXAS

Winner: 2020 Kia Telluride  


MID-SIZE TRUCK OF TEXAS  

Winner: 2020 Jeep Gladiator 


Category Awards:


SUB-COMPACT SUV

Winner: 2019 Jeep Renegade Trailhawk


COMPACT SUV

Winner: 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road


MID-SIZE SUV

Winner: 2020 Kia Telluride SX 


FULL-SIZE SUV

Winner: 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro



COMPACT LUXURY SUV

Winner: 2020 Acura RDX A-Spec SH-AWD 


MID-SIZE LUXURY SUV

Winner: 2020 Volvo XC90 T8 Inscription 


FULL-SIZE LUXURY SUV

Winner: 2020 Lexus GX 460 Luxury



OFF-ROAD SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE

Winner: 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon


MID-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2020 Jeep Gladiator 


FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2020 RAM 1500 Rebel


HEAVY DUTY PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2019 RAM 2500 Laramie Longhorn 


LUXURY PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2020 RAM 1500 Limited 


OFF-ROAD PICKUP TRUCK

Winner: 2019 RAM 2500 Power Wagon 


COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

Winner: 2019 Mercedes Sprinter Passenger 4x4


FEATURE AWARDS


BEST INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM 

Winner: RAM UConnect System & Touchscreen Display 


BEST POWERTRAIN

Winner: RAM EcoDiesel 


BEST TOWING 

Winner: RAM Rear Air Suspension 


BEST SAFETY FEATURE  

Winner: Toyota Safety Sense P  


BEST DRIVER ASSIST SYSTEM   

Winner: Toyota Panoramic View & Multi-Terrain Monitor  




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