2014 Texas Truck Rodeo Winners

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2015 Ford F150 Off Road
Photo by Ford

Last year at a media event, was the first time I’d heard of the Texas Truck Rodeo. I love trucks. I’m in love with cowboys. So, I knew, I needed to learn more about this truck rodeo, and how to score an invite! Visions of cowboys in trucks, towing cattle, loading ranch equipment, and getting muddy filled my imagination. I might have been a little disappointed when I learned the Texas Truck Rodeo isn’t a competition with cowboys….

There’s no calf roping or eight second rides at this rodeo, and in a way, that’s good news. Because when you have over 60 auto journalists driving and judging 75 trucks and SUVs, you want a lot more than eight seconds behind the wheel. A self proclaimed truck fanatic, I was asked over and over again, “How do you like your first truck rodeo?”

I’m like a kid in a toy store for the first time, excited, overwhelmed and kind of in shock. Then, I was the kid that just heard I could  buy any toy I wanted drive any and all of the vehicles in front of me!

I drove truck after truck on the asphalt, through a creek, over rocks, up hills and down. I was in my happy place, as I learned about new technology, drove the Ram EcoDiesel truck for the first time, and spent even more time behind the wheel of the 2015 Ford F-150. Everything was awesome, but the highlight of my first Texas Truck Rodeo…riding in the back of the Ford F-150 Platinum while Sue Mead gave us tips on how to drive off road like a pro.

“This year, the Texas Truck Rodeo had a record number of vehicles on hand for our members to evaluate,’ said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA, “We want to thank all of our partners in the automotive industry as well as sponsors for making this such a great event.”

Even though there’s no barrel racing or bronc busting at the Texas Truck Rodeo, there’s still a competition. GMC, Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet, Ram, Jeep, and more, brought their latest and greatest so we could rate them and choose winners. The most coveted trophy: Texas Truck of the Year. And, the winners are:

SUV of Texas

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee 

Jeep® Grand Cherokee wins “SUV of Texas” for the fifth consecutive year

Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Cherokee take consecutive year over year titles, with Jeep Brand SUVs victorious in every category entered

“We are extremely delighted and proud that for the fifth consecutive year, the respected and influential Texas auto writers have named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the SUV of Texas,” said Mike Manley, President and CEO — Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Even more impressive is the fact that Jeep vehicles won every single category in which they were entered, and were recognized for their unmatched 4×4 capability, fuel economy, luxury and overall performance.

“With Jeep sales up 45 percent so far this year, Texas remains a tremendously important SUV market,” Manley added. “Over the past five years, we’ve proven that winning these TAWA awards increases Jeep showroom traffic and sales.”

 

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee

CUV of Texas

2015 Lincoln MKC (no, Matthew McConaughey wasn’t there to lobby for our votes)

2015 Lincoln MKC 2014 Texas Truck Rodeo Winners

Full-Size Luxury SUV

2015 GMC Yukon Denali

Mid Size Luxury SUV

2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit EcoDiesel 4×4

Compact Luxury SUV

2015 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 5-door

2015 Land Rover Evoque

 

Truck Line of Texas

Ford

Truck of Texas

2015 Ford F-150

Doug Scott, marketing manager of Ford’s truck group, said, “This is a significant honor, one of the three big ones along with the Motor Trend and North American Truck of the year awards. Our entire truck team is proud and honored to win the Truck of Texas trophy.”

2015 Ford F150 Off Road
Photo by Ford

Off Road Pick-Up

2015 Ram Power Wagon

2014 Texas Truck Rodeo Winners 2015 Ram Power Wagon

Heavy Duty Pick-Up

2015 Ram 2500 Longhorn-2nd consecutive year for Ram winning Heavy Duty Pick-Up of Texas

Luxury Pick-Up

2015 Ford F-150 Platinum 4X4 Super Crew

Full Size Pick Up

2015 Ford F150 King Ranch 4×4 SuperCrew

Mid-Size Pickup

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab 4WD

2015 Chevrolet Colorado 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo Winners

Off-Road Utility Vehicle

2015 Jeep Wrangler

Best Powertrain

Chrysler 3.0 liter EcoDiesel V6

Best Connectivity

Chrysler Uconnect Access

Best Technology

Ford F-150 Aluminum Alloy Body

Commercial Vehicle

2015 Ford Transit 250MR

Want to know more about the Texas Truck Rodeo, check out the Texas Auto Writer’s Association for details!

 

 

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