We Guessed Right!

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX was named Truck of Texas. SUV of Texas was the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

Event photography by Kevin McCauley, capturingthemachine

Yesterday’s Savvy Driver post about the RAM Truck brand setting the bar high said, “Ram’s design and engineering team deserve a pat on the back, and they’re getting it in the form of sales and awards!”  And now they add two more of the most prestigious awards in the country to their trophy case.  Ram and FCA also swept a number of other awards in the individual categories:

With social distancing and safety protocols in place during this unprecedented year, the Texas Auto Writers Association held its 2020 Texas Truck Rodeo in the Texas Hill Country in October.  The Savvy List publishers, Steve and Beverly Smirnis were among the 27 Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) members that traveled to Star Hill Ranch outside Austin on October 5-6, 2020, to evaluate 39 trucks and SUVs on a new off-roading course designed for the event. Drivers had the opportunity to drive the vehicles on-road as well.Vehicles are measured on their interior, exterior, value, performance and personal appeal.

TAWA members were the very first journalists to drive the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX that won top honors and were under a strict embargo order that is now lifted for it. The TAWA journalists were also among the first to drive the 2021 Dodge Surango SRT Hellcat.  While there are no embargo restrictions for photos, video and social-media posts of the vehicle on display/static, print, photography, video and all social-media reporting of the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat driving or in motion is embargoed until the end of November.

The 2021 Ram 1500 TRX won the categories of both

Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas  and Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas. 

Designed to bomb through the desert at 100 mph, it’s all personality.

Mid-Size Pickup Truck of Texas  – 2021 Jeep Gladiator

Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas – 2021 RAM 1500 Limited Longhorn 10th Anniversary

Heavy Duty Pickup Truck of Texas – 2020 RAM 2500 Heavy Duty

Compact SUV of Texas – 2021 Toyota RAV4 TRD Off-Road

Mid-Size SUV of Texas – 2021 Hyundai Palisade

Full-Size SUV of Texas  – 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

Luxury SUV of Texas – 2020 Land Rover Defender 110SE

Off-Road SUV of Texas  – 2020 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

Additional Awards:

  • Best Infotainment System -FCA Uconnect System
  • Best Powertrain -FCA 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI Hellcat V-8
  • Best Towing Technology -RAM Heavy Duty 360 Degree Surround View Camera
  • Best Safety Feature or Driver Assist -Nissan ProPILOT Assist with Navi-link