Texas Auto Writers Top Picks

TX Autowriters logoThe Texas Auto Writers have completed the 2013 Auto Roundup where 53 vehicles competed in 19 categories. The weather at the Texas Motor Speedway complex was near-perfect, and 47 media members were on hand to evaluate the drivability, the functionality, and the overall experience of the vehicles from 13 different manufacturers. I am a TAWA member, but was unable to attend the event.

Top honors at the Texas Auto Writers Associations’ 2013 Auto Roundup indicate that Texans like their performance cars and that Texas is a market of active families on the move together. Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT500 and dramatically redesigned Fusion won Car of Texas and Family Car of Texas, respectively. The new-for-2013 model, the 640-horsepower SRT Viper GTS was voted Supercar.

The competition becomes tougher every year, which benefits consumers, as automakers strive to develop new technologies, as evidenced by the Green Car category that included three electric vehicles and three hybrids.

With the final count of some very close voting in many categories, a complete list of the winners is as follows:

Sub-Compact Car – 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo

Compact Car – 2013 Buick Verano Turbo

Performance Compact – 2013 Scion FR-S

Mid-Size Car – 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium

Full-Size Car – 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ

Mid-Size Luxury Car – 2013 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT

Full-Size Luxury Car – 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum Collection AWD

Performance Coupe – 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Performance Sedan – 2013 Cadillac ATS Premium Collection

Minivan – 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Limited

Activity Vehicle – 2013 Dodge Journey Crew

Performance Utility – 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

Supercar – 2013 SRT Viper GTS

Green Vehicle – 2013 Chevrolet Volt

Best New Feature – Ford: Hands-Free Lift Gate

Best New Interior – 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition

Best Value – 2013 Ford Focus ST

Family Car of Texas – 2013 Ford Fusion

Car of Texas – 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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