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Texas Auto Writers Association Names 2020 Truck Rodeo Winners
The 2021 Ram 1500 is the new reigning Truck of Texas. The Ram 1500 was crowned the 2021 Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association in a live virtual ceremony on November 5, 2020 in conjunction with the Houston Auto Show. The Texas Truck Rodeo digital awards presentation follows the 2020 Texas Truck Rodeo held in October.
“The SUV and truck market in Texas is strong, and narrow margins between the vehicles confirmed just how competitive this market is this year,” said TAWA President Kristin Shaw. “TAWA was the first journalist group to drive Ram’s new 1500 TRX and its impressive 702-hp 6.2L HEMI along with undeniable capability on and off road convinced our journalists to rank the Ram 1500 number one in the Truck of Texas category.”
The 2021 Dodge Durango took home the SUV of Texas crown.
Twenty-seven TAWA members traveled to Star Hill Ranch outside Austin on October 5-6, 2020, to evaluate 39 trucks and SUVs on a new off-roading course designed for this year’s event. Drivers also had the opportunity to drive the vehicles on-road as well. Vehicles are measured on their interior, exterior, value, performance and personal appeal.
“This year, we hosted 13 different brands at the Texas Truck Rodeo and welcomed Land Rover and Rolls-Royce back to the event. Both the Defender and the Cullinan were popular at the event and the former took home the Luxury SUV of Texas trophy,” said Shaw. “Toyota’s 2021 RAV4 TRD Off-Road retained its title of Compact SUV of Texas, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon maintained its edge as top Off-Road SUV, and Hyundai’s elegant Palisade Calligraphy earned top honors as Mid-Size SUV of Texas.”
TAWA made program changes this year to address the pandemic. Safety protocols included requiring face masks, sanitizing vehicles between drives and creating a two-wave event to limit the number of journalists present at one time.
“This year has brought a lot of challenges to the automotive industry, and we are grateful for the partnership of our journalist and OEM members to provide an opportunity to have access to vehicles, network, and create content that is vital to our livelihoods and shared passion,” said Shaw. “Over the course of two days, journalists had an opportunity to drive more than three dozen vehicles and evaluate them thoroughly.”
TAWA thanks our participating members, automakers and press fleets for their support.
2020 Texas Truck Rodeo Winners
TAWA is pleased to announce the complete list of winners of the 2020 Texas Truck Rodeo.
Winners enjoy their 2021 titles until next year’s winners are named.
2021 TRUCK OF TEXAS
2021 SUV OF TEXAS
2021 COMPACT SUV OF TEXAS
2021 OFF-ROAD SUV OF TEXAS
2021 FULL-SIZE SUV OF TEXAS
2021 MID-SIZE SUV OF TEXAS
2021 LUXURY SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE OF TEXAS
2021 LUXURY PICKUP TRUCK OF TEXAS
2021 FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK OF TEXAS
2021 MID-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK OF TEXAS
2021 HEAVY DUTY PICKUP TRUCK OF TEXAS
2021 OFF-ROAD PICKUP TRUCK OF TEXAS
BEST INFOTAINMENT FCA UConnect
BEST POWERTRAIN FCA 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V8
BEST SAFETY OR DRIVER ASSIST Nissan ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link BEST TOWING TECHNOLOGY Ram Heavy Duty 360-degree Surround View Camera
PHOTOGRAPHY: All event photography provided by Kevin McCauley / capturingthemachine.com.
THANK YOU TRUCK RODEO SPONSORS! TAWA also wishes to thank all of our amazing sponsors for helping to make this year’s event possible. Thank you to the Houston Auto Show, Katzkin, Prestige Auto, JBL by Harman and the Austin Auto Show.
ABOUT THE OFF-ROAD COURSE
The Texas Truck Rodeo was held for the second year at Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave, Texas, outside Austin. Sue Mead, an accomplished off-roading journalist and member of the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame, was the 2020 Texas Truck Rodeo course director, overseeing the construction and design executed by Offcamber Design. (Check out our podcast interview with Sue here.)
Sue Mead, 2020 Texas Truck Rodeo Course Director
The Texas Auto Writers Association, Inc. was founded in 1985 by automotive journalists who wanted to provide an avenue for professional growth, development, and networking. These professionals sought to create an automotive event that was unique to Texas, and the result was the TAWA Truck Rodeo. Since 1992, Truck Rodeos have been held in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Granbury and Spring Branch, as well as Dripping Springs and for the past two years at the Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave, Texas. In 2003, TAWA created an event for sedans, sports cars, and other vehicles not eligible for the Truck Rodeo. The Texas Auto Roundup, as the event is called today, was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic with plans to return in the spring of 2021. For more information, visit www.texasautowriters.org. Media Contact: Amy Plemons, firstname.lastname@example.org