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Top Texas crossover is… Italian

by Bill Cawthon on

The Texas Truck Rodeo ended Tuesday afternoon and FCA came away the big winner. Ram, Jeep, Dodge and Alfa Romeo collected a total of eight of the 20 vehicle awards.

The Texas Truck Rodeo is an annual event presented by the Texas Auto Writers Association, an association of professional automotive journalists, and the awards are among the most prestigious honors from the motoring press.

The 26th annual Truck Rodeo took place at the Longhorn River Ranch located near Dripping Springs, Texas, which is about thirty-five miles west of Austin.

The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport was named Crossover of Texas, one of the top three categories. The Stelvio also took the honors as the top luxury crossover.

Jeep and Dodge took the lion’s share of SUV awards. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk collected the mid-size SUV trophy; the Jeep Renegade Trailhawk was the top sub-compact SUV and the Dodge Durango SRT was named the best full-size SUV.

The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon continued the Wrangler’s winning streak as the top off-road utility vehicle.

With some pickups carrying sticker prices of nearly $100,000, Ram still leads the pack. The Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork was the winning entry in the luxury pickup category.

The Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten was the favorite heavy-duty pickup. While it didn’t win, FCA entered a Ram 5500 dump truck, the first dump truck entry in the history of the Truck Rodeo. It was in the running for top commercial vehicle but the Nissan Titan got the nod.

Heavy duty pickup truck: 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten
Luxury pickup truck: 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork
Crossover of Texas: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport
Luxury Crossover: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport
Off-road utility vehicle: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon
Sub-Compact SUV: 2017 Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk
Mid-size SUV: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
Full-size SUV: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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