The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) is pleased to announce the award winners of the 2024 TAWA Texas Truck Rodeo. This year’s event was held in Decatur, Texas at the spectacular Eagles Canyon Raceway. The awards were announced on November 9, 2023 at 3:00pm Central Standard Time with a virtual red carpet in partnership with the Houston Auto Show on November 14, 2023.
Automotive journalists from across the State tested a cross-section of the world’s most capable vehicles at this year’s event held on September 28-29, 2023. TAWA members began the day at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas and then traveled to Decatur to evaluate vehicles based on their interior, exterior, value, performance and overall personal appeal. This year’s attendees tested vehicles from automakers including Acura, Genesis, Honda, Hyundai, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan, Ram, Toyota, Nissan, Polaris, Volkswagen and Wagoneer.
This year the title award categories were Truck of Texas and Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas. An additional 11 category awards, two feature-based awards and 5 calculated merit awards were also awarded by TAWA’s Member Journalists.
“The Texas Auto Writers Association congratulates and thanks all automotive members and partners for joining us for this year’s Texas Truck Rodeo. We are delighted to give special congratulations to the title and category winners of the 2024 Texas Truck Rodeo,” said TAWA President Teia Collier. “To experience these world-class vehicles at Eagles Canyon Raceway is a great opportunity to see what the next generation of vehicles can do.”
The Toyota Tundra was named the 2024 Truck of Texas and serves as a reminder of Texas’ appreciation and unabashed love of a safe, capable, full-size truck. The Genesis GV70 was named the 2024 Sport Utility Vehicle of Texas as first for the bran.
“As the market continues to evolve and technology advances, the role of the automotive media professional continues to be reshaped,” said Collier. “Now more than ever, buyers are looking for current, reliable, fact-based information about the vehicles available, the energy sources powering them and the companies that create them. The need for timely, reliable journalism has never been more important.”
“The vehicles represented at the 2024 Texas Truck Rodeo brought new levels of efficiency paired capability to meet the needs of the modern buyer and automotive enthusiasts that do not want to choose between form, function and performance. We saw advancements in technology, safety and stellar displays of automotive design. After
experiencing this year’s competitive class, we cannot help but feel hopeful and optimistic about the future of the automotive industry in North America,” said Collier.
A special thank you and recognition to DriveShop and Prestige Auto for the continued support and sponsorship through the years.
2024 Texas Truck Rodeo Winners
- TRUCK OF TEXAS: TOYOTA TUNDRA
- SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE OF TEXAS: GENESIS GV70
- COMPACT SUV: MAZDA CX-50
- MID-SIZE SUV: JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE
- FULL-SIZE SUV: TOYOTA GRAND HIGHLANDER
- OFF-ROAD SUV: JEEP WRANGLER 392
- LUXURY SUV: GENESIS GV60
- MID-SIZE TRUCK: NISSAN FRONTIER
- FULL-SIZE PICKUP TRUCK: RAM 1500
- OFF-ROAD PICKUP TRUCK: RAM 1500
- LUXURY PICKUP TRUCK: RAM 1500 LIMITED
- GREEN VEHICLE: GENESIS GV70
- HEAVY DUTY PICKUP TRUCK: RAM 2500
- BEST INTERIOR: GENESIS GV70
- BEST EXTERIOR: GENESIS GV70
- BEST VALUE: NISSAN FRONTIER
- BEST PERFORMANCE: JEEP WRANGLER 392
- BEST PERSONAL APPEAL: RAM 1500
- BEST NEW FEATURE TIE: STELLANTIS UCONNECT5 NAV SYSTEM + TOYOTA AUDIO MULTIMEDIA
- BEST POWERTRAIN: TOYOTA i-FORCE MAX 3.5L TURBOCHARGED HYBRID