Texas Auto Writer�s Auto Roundup Winners

Texas Auto Writer�s Auto Roundup Winners
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A Dodge muscle car won the top award at the 2019 Texas Auto Roundup. After 44 journalist members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) evaluated 29 vehicles April 14-16, the 2019 Dodge Challenger was crowned the overall Car of Texas. Our Executive Producer, Amy Plemons, was on hand to experience driving all the vehicles brought by automakers.
Amy Plemons in 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF
Car Pro Executive Producer Amy Plemons behind the wheel of the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF.

Dodge Challenger Receives Top Honors

�Driving enthusiasts in Texas love horsepower, and the Challenger�s classic muscular lines and monumental power won over our voters,� said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA. �The most powerful Challenger that Dodge brought to the Roundup � the SRT Hellcat Redeye � drew attention for its 797-horsepower engine and raucous exhaust note.�

I reviewed the Redeye last November and shot some incredible burnout video with this incredible car. If you missed it, you can see it here.

The Challenger also won the Performance Car of Texas title. Other top awards include the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as Family Car of Texas and 2020 Kia Telluride as CUV of Texas.

Our Terry Box just reviewed the Pacifica hybrid and you can see his review here.

TAWA members, who cover the automotive industry for print, online and broadcast outlets across the United States, voted on the top vehicles after spending two days comparing them in Denton, Texas. They took the vehicles on a series of street and handling exercises, pushing performance cars and taking other vehicles on slalom, acceleration and braking tests. Members also learned about the new vehicles� features and changes from manufacturer representatives.

Check out our list of top 11 Texas Roundup interiors here.

OVERALL AWARDS


CAR OF TEXAS

Winner: 2019 Dodge Challenger
Runner-Up: 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia

PERFORMANCE CAR OF TEXAS

Winner: 2019 Dodge Challenger
Runner-Up: 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia

FAMILY CAR OF TEXAS

Winner: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica
Runner-Up: 2019 Nissan Maxima

CUV OF TEXAS

Winner: 2020 Kia Telluride
Runner-Up: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E63 S Wagon


CATEGORY AWARDS


COMPACT CAR

Winner: 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE
Runner-Up: 2020 Toyota Corolla LE Hybrid

MID-SIZE CAR

Winner: 2019 Nissan Maxima Platinum

MINIVAN

Winner: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Limited

GREEN VEHICLE

Winner: 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS SV
Runner-Up: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Limited

MID-SIZE LUXURY CAR

Winner: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport
Runner-Up: 2019 Lexus ES 300h Luxury

PERFORMANCE COMPACT

Winner: 2019 Volkswagen GTI SE

PERFORMANCE COUPE

Winner: 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
Runner-Up: 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody

PERFORMANCE SEDAN

Winner: 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Runner-Up: 2019 Volkswagen GLI 35th Anniversary Edition

COMPACT CUV

Winner: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD
Runner-Up: 2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid

MID-SIZE CUV

Winner: 2020 Kia Telluride SX

LUXURY CUV

Winner: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E63 S Wagon Carbon Fiber
Runner-Up: 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio