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Texas Auto Writers’ Texas Truck Rodeo: Ford, Nissan and Volvo Win Big

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Texas Auto Writers’ Texas Truck Rodeo: Ford, Nissan and Volvo Win Big

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Dallas – The Texas Auto Writers’ first Truck Rodeo, down there in San Antonio around 1993, was a relatively intimate affair; you could get both journalists and OEM reps into one smallish hospitality room, and while I’m sure there were announced winners beyond the ‘Truck of Texas’ (won by the all-new Dodge Ram) I’ll be d*mned if I can remember what they were. But the die was cast, and with every subsequent year the event – an annual confab where most of what’s new in the truck and SUV world is driven by most of what’s left of Texas-based automotive journalists – has been held in or around Houston, Dallas, Austin or (most frequently) San Antonio.

This year it was in Dripping Springs, and while described as the 26th annual our math suggests 24th annual. In combination with only-god-knows-how-many-trucks-and-SUVs (who’s gonna’ trust the TAWA math at this point?), some seventy journalists convened to separate – after a fashion – the wheat from the chaff. And at the end of two days of driving, judging and driving again, they came up with more than a few winners. Ford, fully living up to its well-established rep, came away with the Truck of Texas for its all-new Super Duty, along with the Truck Line of Texas and Best Powertrain. The SUV of Texas was Nissan’s all-new Armada, while Nissan also bagged a nod for Best Commercial Vehicle, full-size pickem’up and midsize CUV. Finally, the newest CUV of Texas is Volvo’s XC90. And if you’ve been near the Houston or Dallas Galleria of late, you’ll fully understand that particular pick. An almost complete list of winners follows, while we haven’t listed the tech picks; you, of course, can grab those on your smartphones. And if you’re looking for something from GM, you need to visit a Chevy or GMC showroom, ‘cause you ain’t gonna’ find it here.

  • TRUCK OF TEXAS: FORD SUPER DUTY
  • SUV OF TEXAS: NISSAN ARMADA
  • CUV OF TEXAS: VOLVO XC90
  • TRUCK LINE OF TEXAS: FORD
  • HEAVY DUTY PICKUP: FORD SUPER DUTY
  • COMMERCIAL VEHICLE: NISSAN TITAN XD SINGLE CAB
  • LUXURY PICKUP: RAM 1500
  • OFFROAD PICKUP: RAM 2500 POWER WAGON
  • FULLSIZE PICKUP: NISSAN TITAN
  • MIDSIZE PICKUP: TOYOTA TACOMA TRD PRO
  • BEST POWERTRAIN: FORD F-150 3.5 ECOBOOST V6
  • OFFROAD SPORT UTILITY: JEEP WRANGLER RUBICON
  • FULLSIZE LUXURY SUV: MERCEDES-BENZ GLS
  • MIDSIZE LUXURY SUV: JAGUAR F-PACE
  • FULLSIZE SUV: NISSAN ARMADA
  • MIDSIZE SUV: JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
  • COMPACT SUV: JEEP CHEROKEE
  • FULLSIZE CUV: MAZDA CX-9
  • MIDSIZE CUV: NISSAN MURANO
  • COMPACT CUV: JEEP RENEGADE
  • LUXURY CUV: VOLVO XC90

Last year’s results: TRUCK WARS, VOLUME 23: TAWA’S TRUCK RODEO »

David Boldt

Boldt, a long-time contributor to outlets such as AutoTrader.com, KBB.com, and CarBuzzard.com, brings years of experience in retail sales, automotive journalism and public relations. David is the Managing Editor at txGarage.

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