2019 Truck of Texas, SUV of Texas, and Compact SUV of Texas Finalists Announced

Texas truck rodeo finalists
Photo Credit: Kevin McCauley/Capturing the Machine
The Texas Auto Writers Association today announced the nine finalists vying for the coveted 2019 Truck of Texas, SUV of Texas, and Compact SUV of Texas crowns following this year's prestigious Texas Truck Rodeo in the Texas Hill Country.

More than 50 journalists drove 40+ trucks and SUVs over the course of a day and a half, putting the vehicles through off- and on-road routes to test the strengths and weaknesses of the trucks’ features and durability. Journalists judged each of the vehicles on five criteria: interior, exterior, performance, value and personal appeal.

All finalists listed in alphabetical order by manufacturer:


  • 2020 Jeep Gladiator
  • 2020 Ram 1500
  • 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4x4


  • 2020 Jeep Wrangler
  • 2020 Kia Telluride SX
  • 2020 Volvo XC90


  • 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • 2019 Mazda CX-5
  • 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

The trophies for the Texas Truck Rodeo will be presented on November 20 at the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show during the dealer preview gala.

The 2019 Texas Truck Rodeo was hosted at the unique Star Hill Ranch, an event facility and movie set that has been host to the Texas Auto Writer Association dinners in the past.

Manufacturers celebrate the prestigious awards they earn at the Texas Truck Rodeo, often mentioning the honors in their press releases, promotional materials and campaigns across the globe.

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

About TAWA

For over 30 years, the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has pursued its mission to promote accuracy and quality in the automotive journalism field. TAWA has grown to become one of the most influential and recognized automotive journalist associations in the United States. Journalist members of the association are among the most respected in the country.

As part of TAWA’s efforts to serve journalist members who cover the automotive industry, the association annually hosts the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall. This event gives journalists the opportunity to drive and evaluate vehicles entered by manufacturers. Winners of the Truck Rodeo’s “Truck of Texas” award have announced their awards on national television commercials, and TAWA’s logo has even appeared in Super Bowl commercials.
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