All-New 2019 Ram 1500 Wins Truck of Texas Crown

2019 Ram 1500

An unforgettable 2018 Texas Truck Rodeo is in the history books following a 2-day driving event involving dozens of journalists, trucks, and SUVs in the  Texas Hill Country.

A major weather event forced the Texas Auto Writers Association to move its annual off-roading event off of the Longhorn River Ranch on October 14-15 due to flooding rainfall and safety concerns.  As conditions continued to worsen, participating automakers moved their vehicles off the ranch and into the city where on-road evaluations continued.

You can check out some of the action in the YouTube video below:

Over the two-day driving event, 69 registered journalists drove 57 vehicles and voted on winners in various consumer categories. They rated vehicles in five criteria: Interior, Exterior, Performance, Value, and Personal Appeal.

Ford and Chevrolet were not among the 19 automakers participating in this year’s event.

The 2019 Ram 1500 took home the coveted Truck of Texas award, the 2019 Maserati Levante GTS took home SUV of Texas and the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio took home CUV of Texas. Each category awarded a winner as well. You can check out all the winners below.

OVERALL AWARDS

TRUCK OF TEXAS
Winner: 2019 Ram 1500
Runner Up: 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

“Being named the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Truck of Texas is the highest honor in the world’s largest pickup market,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Ram Brand and U.S. Sales; Chairman, President and CEO, FCA Canada Inc. “The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 offers the best combination of class-exclusive features, refinement capability and efficiency. Winning this award is a challenge, but the Ram 1500  is well suited to the hard-working needs of Texas truck buyers.”

SUV OF TEXAS
Winner: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS
Runner Up: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

CUV OF TEXAS
Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Runner Up: 2019 Mazda CX-9

CATEGORY AWARDS

COMPACT CUV
Winner: 2018 Nissan Kicks SR
Runner Up: 2019 Mazda CX-3 Grand Touring AWD

MID-SIZE CUV
Winner: 2018 Nissan Murano Midnight Edition AWD
Runner Up: 2019 Honda Pilot Elite

FULL-SIZE CUV
Winner: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature AWD
Runner Up: 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan SEL

LUXURY CUV
Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Runner Up: 2019 Lexus UX 250h F Sport

SUB-COMPACT SUV
Winner: 2018 Hyundai Kona Ultimate AWD
Runner Up: 2018 Fiat 500X Trekking AWD

COMPACT SUV
Winner: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Runner Up: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

MID-SIZE SUV
Winner: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
Runner Up: 2019 Toyota 4Runner Nightshade Limited

FULL-SIZE SUV
Winner: 2019 Dodge Durango SRT
Runner Up: 2019 Nissan Armada Platinum 4×4

COMPACT LUXURY SUV
Winner: 2019 Volvo XC40 R-Design
Runner Up: 2019 Acura RDX Advance

MID-SIZE LUXURY SUV
Winner: 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
Runner Up: 2019 Lexus RX 350L

FULL-SIZE LUXURY SUV
Winner: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS
Runner Up: 2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited

OFF-ROAD UTILITY VEHICLE
Winner: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Runner Up: 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro

MID-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK
Winner: 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK
Winner: 2019 Ram 1500 Limited
Runner Up: 2019 Nissan Titan Crew Cab SL

HEAVY DUTY PICKUP TRUCK
Winner: 2018 Ram 2500 Power Wagon

LUXURY PICKUP TRUCK
Winner: 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
Runner Up: 2019 Nissan Titan Platinum Reserve

OFF-ROAD PICKUP TRUCK
Winner: 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel
Runner Up: 2019 Nissan Titan PRO-4X

COMMERCIAL VEHICLE
Winner: 2019 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab

FEATURE AWARDS
BEST TECHNOLOGY

Winner: UConnect 4C With 12-inch Screen
Runner Up: Infiniti Smart Rearview Mirror

BEST POWERTRAIN
Winner: Ram eTorque Mild Hybrid
Runner Up: Infiniti VC-Turbo

BEST CONNECTIVITY
Winner: Volvo Sensus

Photo Credit: Kevin McCauley/@capturingthemachine

3 Comments
  1. Leslie Thomas 3 weeks ago

    Am I correct?
    Ford and Chevy were not there with their trucks?
    Won first place with no competition
    🤔

  2. Ryan 3 weeks ago

    The top two weren’t even in the competition. If that were the case in football the Cowboys might have a shot.

    • Car Pro 3 weeks ago

      Ryan, that made me laugh. After spending a week with the 2019 Ram, I think it would have most likely won anyway, but point taken for sure! Good to hear from you!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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