Texas Auto Writers Truck Rodeo Results

Tx Auto Writers Truck RodeoAnother Texas Truck Rodeo is history, wrapping up this past Sunday. So what is the Texas Truck Rodeo? It’s an annual event held by the Texas Auto Writers Association, which I am a member of, now going on for 20-years. Manufacturers bring their newest trucks, SUVs, and crossovers to take on life in Texas. For the past 5 years the event has been held on the grounds on Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, just north of San Antonio, Texas. Here the 50 members of the TAWA are able to test many vehicles, back-to-back, on either a light off-road course, a little more involved off-road experience, or take them out on backcountry roads. At the end of the 2-day event, the members then vote for many categories including Truck of Texas and SUV of Texas; two titles that are gaining recognition in the automotive world.

Keep an eye on commercials coming up in Texas as well as you’ll see some of the winning brands using this event to connect with Texans, especially Chrysler Group, who had a near-sweep this year.

Why is Texas so important to the truck and SUV manufacturer? Well, if you don’t already know-Texas makes up a huge amount of most manufacturers sales as it is, but in trucks and SUVs this is even more predominant.

Here are the winners:

Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle
2013 Nissan JUKE Midnight Edition

Mid-Size Crossover Utility Vehicles
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited AWD

Full-Size Crossover Utility Vehicles
2014 Nissan Pathfinder SL 4X4

Luxury Crossover Utility Vehicles
2014 Acura MDX Advance

Compact Sport Utility Vehicles
2014 Jeep Cherokee

Mid-Size Sport Utility Vehicles
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited Diesel 4×4

Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicles
2014 Dodge Durango

Compact Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles
2013 GMC Terrain Denali AWD

Mid-Size Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Diesel 4×4

Full-Size Luxury Sport Utility Vehicles
2013 Land Rover Range Rover

Off-Road Utility Vehicle
2014 Jeep Wrangler

Mid-Size Pickup Trucks
2013 Nissan Frontier PRO4X

Full-Size Pickup Trucks
2014 Ram 1500

Luxury Pickup Trucks
2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn

Heavy Duty Pickup Truck
2014 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty

Off-Road Pickup Truck
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

Commercial Vehicle
2014 Ram Promaster Cargo 136 WB – High Roof

Best Powertrain
Ram Truck/Jeep 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6

Best Connectivity
Ram Truck/Jeep/Dodge Uconnect Access Via Mobile

Best Technology
Ram Five-link Coil Rear Suspension

CUV of Texas
2013 Hyundai SantaFe

SUV of Texas
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Truck of Texas
2014 Ram 1500

Truck Line of Texas
Ram Trucks

  1. Shirley Huckelba 5 years ago

    I just read this report and it surprised me. What happened? Did Toyota not show up for the event?????? But I was impressed with the RAM. I looked at the Jeeps at the recent car show. Their estimated gas mileage numbers were awful. It seemed you would not be passing any gas stations along the way. Was I having a senior moment? or is there gas mileage lousy?

    • Jerry 5 years ago

      Seems the group was really impressed with the Rams. i didn’t make the rodeo this year, but have reviewed the 8-speed with the 6 cylinder and got 26 MPG, that’s the best mileage I’ve gotten with a full sized truck.

      THANKS for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds, President
      Car Pro Radio Network

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