Every year, the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) throws their annual Texas Truck Rodeo. This year, the event pitted 64 separate SUVs, pickups, and commercial vehicles against one another for two days of intense testing. 75 TAWA journalists participated, spending the days of competition evaluating each vehicle on a series of on- and off-road courses. And then the journalists were faced with the difficult task of choosing a winner in each of several categories.
This year, one manufacturer stood out – between the RAM, Jeep®, and Dodge models that won awards, FCA US was the biggest winner of the competition.
Judges evaluated all the vehicles on everything from performance on the courses to their interior styling. At the end of the day, six FCA US models won awards. The 2018 RAM 2500 and the 2018 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork won the Heavy Duty Pickup Truck and Luxury Pickup Truck categories, and the 2018 RAM 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork also walked away with the highest overall interior score in the rodeo.
As for Dodge vehicles, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT topped the Full-Size SUV segment and was awarded the highest marks in Overall Performance. And not one, but three, Jeep SUVs beat out the competition for their categories. The 2017 Jeep Renegade was named best Subcompact SUV, the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk climbed to the top of the Mid-Size SUV category, and the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon took the title for best Off-Road SUV. To top it all off, this year marked the seventh year in a row that the Jeep Grand Cherokee topped its category, and the eighth consecutive win for the Jeep Wrangler.
It’s clear from the sheer number of honors given out by TAWA experts that Jeep, RAM, and Dodge models can’t be beat. If you want a great truck or SUV, visit Monroe Superstore today and test drive an award-winning 2017 Jeep Wrangler or 2018 RAM 1500. City of Monroe, MI drivers don’t need a two-day rodeo to find a great car, they just need a visit to Jeep dealership near Toledo.