Over the weekend, members of the Texas Auto Writers Association descended on the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas to evaluate and rank some of the vehicles that are currently on sale. While many automotive media groups nationwide have events, few organizations have as many trophies or is as competitive as the events in Texas.
Winning the overall Car of Texas award is the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Which really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as journalists everywhere seem to love it. Obviously pricing wasn’t a consideration in this, as the Quadrifoglio can easily hit $70,000 or more.
The Family Car of Texas award also goes to an FCA product; the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid. Again, you shouldn’t be all that surprised, since the Pacifica is well-loved. What should be surprising is how Chrysler ended up being the first manufacturer of a hybrid minivan when Toyota has been hybridizing everything for longer than basically anyone else.
Here’s a breakdown of the rest of the categories;
- Performance Car of Texas: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT-S
- Compact Car of Texas: 2017 Mazda Mazda3 5-door Grand Touring
- Minivan of Texas: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
- Activity Vehicle: 2017 Jeep Compass
- Full-Size Luxury: 2017 Volvo S90 Inscription
- Green Car of Texas: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
- Performance Compact: 2017 Mazda MX-5 RF
- Performance Coupe: 2017 Lexus LC 500h
- Performance Sedan: 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
- Performance Utility: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
- Supercar: 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT-S
- Best Feature: Chrysler’s hybrid system in the Pacifica Hybrid
- Best Interior: 2017 Volvo S90 Inscription