The Texas Auto Writers (TAWA) Truck Rodeo, presented by Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), was held in the scenic Texas Hill Country as vehicles were tested both on local streets and on off-road courses. TAWA members were able to get a full experience of the vehicles driving on rough terrain, climbing rocks, crossing creeks and dodging exotic wildlife.
Vehicles were measured on their interior, exterior, value, performance and personal appeal. Ford’s 2018 F-150 Pickup, boosted by its extreme performance 2018 Raptor model along with updated EcoBoost engines and 10-speed transmissions, emerged with the coveted title, Truck of Texas.
The other category winners are listed below.
Heavy Duty Pickup Truck: 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten
Best Commercial Vehicle: 2018 Nissan Titan King Cab SV
Luxury Pickup Truck: 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork
Off-Road Pickup Truck: 2017 Ford F150 Raptor
Full-Size Pickup Truck: 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition
Midsize Pickup Truck: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
“The competition was incredibly fierce at this year’s Texas Truck Rodeo,” TAWA President Nic Phillips said. “More than 70 member journalists put in more 300 hours of driving time evaluating the vehicles presented. The results in several categories are separated by the narrowest of margins, just tenths, and hundredths of a point, confirming just how competitive the trucks and utility vehicles are today.”