Texas Auto Writers Association Names the 2017 Truck of Texas
© PHOTO COURTESY OF FORD | 10/11/16
With one truck manufacturer recently announcing the Texas market as their number one truck market worldwide, the stakes are very high to win the coveted Truck of Texas.
The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) recently held their annual two-day Truck Rodeo to vote on which truck would win the coveted Truck of Texas award. This marks the 26th year the association has hosted this event, and this year the competition was again sponsored by the Steel Market Development Institute.
There was also an opportunity for the 70+ journalists and photojournalists, mostly from Texas, to drive SUVs and CUVs and announce those best-in-class winners as well. This year's event was moved to the Longhorn River Ranch near Dripping Springs in the Texas Hill Country to provide a better off-road drive experience for the journalists to allow better decisions to be made.
With one truck manufacturer recently announcing the Texas market as their number one truck market worldwide, the stakes are very high to win the coveted Truck of Texas award. To win the moniker for Texas Truck of the Year, the winning truck competed against 23 trucks from many different truck categories such as mid-size, full-size, heavy duty, luxury, off-road, and commercial; so the competition is stiff.
A formal presentation ceremony of the awards will take place in November immediately prior to the San Antonio Auto &Truck Show.
The list of the winners from all categories includes:
Truck of Texas: 2017 Ford Super Duty
SUV of Texas: 2017 Nissan Armada
CUV of Texas: 2017 Volvo XC90
Truck line of Texas: Ford Motor Co.
Heavy duty pickup truck: 2017 Ford Super Duty
Best commercial vehicle: 2017 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab
Luxury pickup truck: 2017 RAM 1500
Off-road pickup: 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon
Full-size pickup: 2017 Nissan Titan
Midsize pickup: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Best technology: Honda In-bed audio system
Best connectivity: FCA Uconnect Access
Best powertrain: 2017 Ford F-150 with 3.5 EcoBoost V-6 engine
Off-road utility vehicle: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Full-size luxury SUV: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS
Mid-size luxury SUV: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace
Full-size SUV: 2017 Nissan Armada
Mid-size SUV: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Compact SUV: 2017 Jeep Cherokee
Full-size CUV: 2016 Mazda CX-9
Mid-size CUV: 2016 Nissan Murano
Compact CUV: 2016 Jeep Renegade
Luxury CUV: 2017 Volvo XC90
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