The 2018 Ford F-150 Crowned Truck of Texas at TAWA Truck Rodeo

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

2018 Ram 2500 Limited Edition Tungsten Pickup Truck
Best Commercial Vehicle: 2018 Nissan Titan King Cab SV

2018 Nissan Titan Pickup truck

Luxury Pickup Truck: 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork

2018 Ram Laramie Longhorn Southfork

Off-Road Pickup Truck: 2017 Ford F150 Raptor

Ford Raptor

Full-Size Pickup Truck: 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition

2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition

Midsize Pickup Truck: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

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.”

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