When you look out your windshield on I-35 or I-10, you might notice a prevalence of Texas Edition trucks.
While mostly half-ton pickups wear this badge, other vehicles sport the Lone Star proudly, both past and present. It makes you wonder why so many editions of vehicles don the badging of Texas, how the Texas edition packages vary from others, and why people demand such a special badge.
The answer is simple: Texas-sized economics and culture.
Whether you want a V6 or V8 engine, a heavy-duty exterior, unique steering wheels and interior designs, a killer audio system, or a capable trailering package, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for in most of these Texas trucks.
The following is a list of five impressive Texas Edition pickup trucks (in no particular order) you may want to check-out for yourself, whether you’re Texans or not.
1. Ford F-150 Texas Edition
Personally my favorite truck. Polished aluminum wheels and a nice trailer package.
2. Chevrolet Silverado Texas Edition
One of the better full-size pickups in generally any year it has been released, the slightly improved Chevy Silverado 1500 has Texas Edition badges and a roomy double cab.
3. 1794 Edition Toyota Tundra
In 2016 the trim came coupled with the TRD package. This means that you would get luxury and better off-road capabilities. Forbes noted in 2014 that the 1794 was one of the “Ten Poshest Pickups.”
Fast forward to this year, and the power tilt/slide moonroof and running boards are nice, but the “Smoked Mesquite” body-color paint job is quintessentially Texas.
4. Chevrolet Tahoe Texas Edition
The 2017 model happens to be my favorite of the SUV variety Texas equipped badges. The Suburban also wore the badge in certain years. Pictured above is a 2008 hybrid Tahoe presented at the Texas State Fair.
5. Dodge Ram 2500 Big Horn Edition
If you’re looking for an awesome luxury truck to represent your Texas pride, the Ram 2500 may just be the truck for you. Pictured is a 2009. Even the door handles on this thing are cool!
Why so many?
There is a reason the Texas State Fair is where pickup manufactures showcase their new trucks. One in five truck sales in the United States occur in Texas. Furthermore, truck sales in Texas account for around a quarter of all vehicle sales in the state.
Thus, Texas is one of the most important states in terms of selling pickups, and manufactures’ celebrate this with a badge on a special edition.
Truck culture is clearly important in Texas, if the manufacturers’ see it as the place to reel out the trucks. No one really knows why it exists, because everyone tells you a different “How I got my truck” story.
Yet, in any of the stories, the place situates the context—and that place is Texas.