2018 Texas Auto Writers Announce Auto Roundup Winners

Texas Auto Writers Auto Roundup

Lexus and Chrysler won the top two awards at the 2018 Texas Auto Roundup on April 16-17. After 49 members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) evaluated 46 vehicles, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 was crowned the overall Car of Texas. In addition, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica took home the event’s other top award, the Family Car of Texas.

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 at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas.

They took the vehicles on a series of exercises on the 2.5-mile racetrack, pushing performance cars and taking other vehicles on slalom, acceleration and braking tests. They also learned about the new vehicles’ features and changes from manufacturer representatives.

 2018 Texas Auto Roundup Winners:

ACTIVITY VEHICLE
Winner: 2018 Infiniti QX80
Runner-Up: 2018 Jeep Wrangler

COMPACT CAR
Winner: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Runner-Up: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

MID-SIZE CAR
Winner: 2018 Toyota Camry
Runner-Up: 2018 Volkswagen Passat

FULL-SIZE CAR
Winner: 2019 Toyota Avalon
Runner-Up: 2018 Honda Accord



FULL-SIZE LUXURY CAR
Winner: 2018 Lexus LS 500
Runner-Up: 2019 Infiniti QX50

GREEN VEHICLE
Winner: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
Runner-Up: 2018 Honda Clarity

PERFORMANCE COMPACT
Winner: 2018 Honda Civic Type R
Runner-Up: 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

PERFORMANCE COUPE
Winner: 2018 Lexus LC 500
Runner-Up: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody



PERFORMANCE SEDAN
Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
Runner-Up: 2018 Kia Stinger

PERFORMANCE UTILITY
Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Runner-Up: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

SUPERCAR
Winner: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GT R
Runner-Up: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk



BEST TECHNOLOGY
Winner: World’s First Production-Ready Variable Compression Ratio Engine, 2019 Infiniti QX50

BEST NEW INTERIOR
Winner: 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

Photo Credit:  Kevin McCauley 

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