Forty-one members of the Texas Auto Writers Association met at the annual Texas Truck Rodeo to choose their favorite pickup trucks once again at the famous Knibbe Ranch outside of San Antonio. Although there are 23 different vehicle categories, nine of them are awarded to a pickup truck.
This year at the 23rd annual event, the winner of the coveted Truck of Texas award went to the 2014 Ram 1500 with the new 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel V-6. This is the third time in four years the Ram 1500 has won the top prize (the Ford F-150 or F-250 has won it the seven times before that). In the eight remaining pickup competitions, a Ram vehicle won all but one. Surprisingly, the significantly revised — inside and out, and with a completely new line of engines — 2014 Chevy Silverado did not win a single award.
Additionally, TAWA members awarded Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. their Distinguished Service Award for leadership for being the first and only truck maker to implement the Society of Automotive Engineers' J-2807 towing standards into its full lineup of pickups and SUVs (more than three years ago) while the rest of the industry drags its feet. We congratulate and appreciate Toyota for their early adoption as well, especially since it is ultimately intended to benefit all truck buyers who want to tow safely.
To read the Chrysler press release, click here.
Here is the complete list of pickup categories and winners.
- Mid-Size Pickup Truck: 2013 Nissan Frontier PRO4X
- Full-Size Pickup Truck: 2014 Ram 1500
- Luxury Pickup Truck: 2014 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
- Heavy Duty Pickup Truck: 2014 Ram 2500 HD
- Off-Road Pickup Truck: 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
- Best Powertrain: Ram Truck /Jeep 3.0-Liter EcoDiesel V-6
- Best Commercial Vehicle: 2014 Ram ProMaster
- Truck Line of Texas: Ram Trucks
- Truck of Texas: 2014 Ram 1500