The Texas Auto Writers Association's 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo finished with a Texas-sized award-presentation dinner on the set of an old western town, complete with live music and a 10-truck display of what TAWA calls the best of 2017. Of note, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles won the most awards, mostly because of Ram and Jeep products, but Ford and Nissan made a few walks to the podium as well.
Awards were given in 23 different categories. To arrive at these awards, more than 70 journalists drove 71 different vehicles during two jampacked days in order to cast ballots. The event took place at the Longhorn River Ranch just outside of Dripping Springs west of Austin. The property provided dramatic scenery and plenty of driving diversity.
While some of the award winners were predictable, others were surprises. The big winner was Ford, taking the top prize of 2017 Truck of Texas for the vastly improved and technologically advanced 2017 Ford Super Duty.
Here's a partial list of 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo winners with Ford, Ram and Nissan leading the pack; for the complete list click here.
Truck of Texas: 2017 Ford Super Duty
Truck Line of Texas: Ford Motor Co.
Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck: 2017 Ford Super Duty
Off-Road Pickup: 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
Luxury Pickup Truck: 2017 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn
Best Commercial Vehicle: 2017 Nissan Titan XD single cab
SUV of Texas: 2017 Nissan Armada
Full-Size Pickup: 2017 Nissan Titan half ton
Mid-Size Pickup: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Best Technology: 2017 Honda Ridgeline's in-bed audio system
Cars.com photos by Mark Williams