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2018 Ford F-150 Named Truck of Texas at the TAWA Truck Rodeo

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Fresh off a significant round of updates, the 2018 Ford F-150 was named this year’s Truck of Texas at this year’s TAWA Truck Rodeo.

Deep in the heart of Texas Hill Country, members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) assembled for the 25th-annual Truck Rodeo. As has happened 14 times in the past, an F-Series truck drove off with the top honor as the Truck of Texas.

More than 70 TAWA members judged a total of 64 trucks, crossovers and SUVs in both on- and off-road conditions at the Longhorn River Ranch near Austin, Texas.

America’s best-selling truck received numerous improvements for the 2018 model year including fresher styling, more modern powertrain options and better overall quality. The 2018 Ford F-150 now boasts best-in-class fuel economy, towing capacity and payload capacity.

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Other notable trophies handed out at the TAWA Truck Rodeo include the SUV of Texas and CUV of Texas, which went to the 2018 Volvo XC60 and 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport, respectively. Here is the full list of categories in the 2017 TAWA Truck Rodeo and the vehicles that won:

Truck of Texas: 2018 Ford F-150
SUV of Texas: 2018 Volvo XC60
CUV of Texas: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport

Heavy duty pickup truck: 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten
Best commercial vehicle: 2018 Nissan Titan King Cab SV
Luxury pickup truck: 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork
Off-road pickup: 2017 Ford F150 Raptor
Full-size pickup: 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition
Midsize pickup: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro

Off-road utility vehicle: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon
Sub-Compact SUV: 2017 Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk
Compact SUV: 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum
Mid-size Luxury SUV: 2018 Volvo XC60
Compact Luxury SUV: 2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD
Full-size SUV: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Mid-size SUV: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
Compact SUV: 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum
Full-size CUV: 2018 Mazda CX9 Grand Touring AWD
Mid-size CUV: 2017 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring GT
Compact CUV: 2018 Mazda CX3 Grand Touring FWD
Luxury CUV: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport
Best technology: Nissan Pro Pilot
Best connectivity: Volvo XC60
Best powertrain: Volvo XC60

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