FCA Vehicles Win Big at Texas Truck Rodeo

October 18th, 2018 by

The 2019 Ram 1500 can now be called the Truck of Texas. The all-new truck was given top honors, along with several other awards, this month at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo, hosted by the Texas Auto Writer’s Association (TAWA) in Bee Cave, Texas.

“TAWA journalists know their trucks, and they picked the new Ram as the clear winner,” TAWA President Michael Marrs said in a release. “Our members said the truck performed well even in challenging weather conditions during the Hill Country foods this year. It was also noteworthy that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles swept the overall awards at this year’s competition.”

Out of 24 segments, FCA vehicles, including Alfa Romeo and Maserati, had top honors in 15 of them and were the runner-up in four. Sixty-nine TAWA journalists drove 57 vehicles — pickups, SUVs, crossovers and commercial vehicles — over two days and voted on the winners in five categories: Interior, Exterior, Performance, Value and Personal Appeal.

“Being named the Texas Auto Writers Association’s Truck of Texas is the highest honor in the world’s largest pickup market,” Head of Ram Brand Reid Bigland said in the same release. “The all-new 2019 Ram 1500 offers the best combination of class-exclusive features, refinement, capability and efficiency. Winning this award is a challenge, but the Ram 1500 is well suited to the hard-working needs of Texas truck buyers.”

The Texas Truck Rodeo FCA winners are:


Truck of Texas: 2019 Ram 1500

Full-Size Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500

Heavy Duty Pickup Truck: 2018 Ram Power Wagon

Luxury Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500 Longhorn

Off-Road Pickup Truck: 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel

Best Powertrain: 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Mild Hybrid System

Best New Technology: 2019 Ram 1500 12-inch Uconnect Touchscreen


Mid-Size Luxury SUV: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit

Mid-Size SUV: 2018 Jeep Wrangler

Off-Road SUV: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon


Full-Size SUV: 2019 Dodge Durango SRT


CUV of Texas: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

Luxury CUV: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio


SUV of Texas: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS

Full-Size Luxury SUV: 2019 Maserati Levante GTS

FCA runners up are:

Truck of Texas: 2018 Ram 1500 Power Wagon

SUV of Texas: 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Sub-Compact SUV: 2018 Fiat 500X Trekking AWD

Compact SUV: 2019 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk

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