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2018 Ford F-150 wins coveted Truck of Texas award

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Ram Trucks also performs well, while Nissan’s Titan wins several key categories

Dripping Springs, Texas — Journalists and automakers from around the country converged on a small ranch near Austin, Texas for the Texas Auto Writers Association 2017 Texas Truck Rodeo. The event pits vehicles against each other in a variety of on and off-road tests to determine a winner.

For the second year in a row, Ford wins the Truck of Texas crown. This year it’s with the redesigned 2018 F-150. Last year it was the all-new Super Duty. Bringing home the CUV of Texas award is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and the SUV of Texas belongs to the 2018 Volvo XC60. It’s a first year win for Alfa Romeo, but it’s also the first year they’ve offered a crossover in the United States. It’s Volvo’s 3rd year in a row winning a top category, first with the XC90 and then the XC60.

Ram Trucks performed well with the Luxury Truck of Texas award. Strong interior design helped them there. Nissan wins the Full Size Truck of Texas with the Titan Midnight Edition and the Nissan Titan King Cab SV, which is their King Cab work truck with the rear seat delete.

The remainder of the awards are listed below, and we’ll have some coverage of some of our drive impressions of the vehicles at Truck Rodeo in the coming days.

  • Truck of Texas: 2018 Ford F150
  • SUV of Texas: 2018 Volvo XC60
  • CUV of Texas: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport
  • 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: 2017 Ford F150 Raptor
  • Full-size pickup: 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition
  • Midsize pickup: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
  • Best technology: Nissan Pro Pilot
  • Best connectivity: Volvo XC60
  • Best powertrain: Volvo XC60
  • Off-road utility vehicle: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon
  • Sub-Compact SUV: 2017 Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk
  • Compact SUV: 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum
  • Mid-size Luxury SUV: 2018 Volvo XC60
  • Compact Luxury SUV: 2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD
  • Full-size SUV: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
  • Mid-size SUV: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
  • Compact SUV: 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum
  • Full-size CUV: 2018 Mazda CX9 Grand Touring AWD
  • Mid-size CUV: 2017 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring GT
  • Compact CUV: 2018 Mazda CX3 Grand Touring FWD
  • Luxury CUV: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport
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