Ford Takes Top Spot at 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo

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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.


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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 photos by Mark Williams


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Wow, Nissan kicked toyotas butt. Titan is a surprise for half ton truck.

There are people who say that this contest was rigged in favor of Ford, bigly. Other, manufacturers never had a chance, people, they never had a chance.

Well, i just test drove a 2017 F 250 Lariat Tuesday and i can tell you it was unbelievable. That diesel is so quiet and the acceleration was great. The truck is very tall also about 2" taller than the 2016 it was parked next to. Thy were both fx4 model lariats. Very comfortable also! I plan to drive a Ram too because i like the cummins.

Best technology is the in bed audio by the Honda Ridgeline. Really???

What technology are they looking for exactly? Apparently not the kind that matters on a truck such as intake, engine, fuel economy, and emissions.

Good job, GM!

Wow GM didn't get anything???

GM got nothing!

Truck line of Texas: Ford Motor Co.
Heavy duty pickup truck: 2017 Ford Super Duty
Best commercial vehicle: 2017 Nissan Titan XD Single Cab
Luxury pickup truck: 2017 RAM 1500
Off-road pickup: 2017 RAM 2500 Power Wagon
Full-size pickup: 2017 Nissan Titan
Midsize pickup: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Best technology: Honda In-bed audio system
Best connectivity: FCA Uconnect Access
Best powertrain: 2017 Ford F-150 with 3.5 EcoBoost V-6 engine
Off-road utility vehicle: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Full-size luxury SUV: 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS
Midsize luxury SUV: 2017 Jaguar F-Pace
Full-size SUV: 2017 Nissan Armada
Midsize SUV: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Compact SUV: 2017 Jeep Cherokee
Full-size CUV: 2016 Mazda CX-9
Midsize CUV: 2016 Nissan Murano
Compact CUV: 2016 Jeep Renegade
Luxury CUV: 2017 Volvo XC90

Isn't GM the largest automaker in the world?? And still couldn't win a single class!!!

The Ford may win truck of Texas (which means nothing) but the Chevrolet Duramax will dominate all the HD shootouts like always

Wow GM didn't get anything???
Posted by: Gasser V8 | Oct 14, 2016 11:35:00 AM

Obviously this thing was rigged!

I wonder how many voted out of pure fanboism?

Best technology: Honda In-bed audio system


That's all I need to see right there to know these awards mean nothing.

It will be interesting to see how the titan half ton does in any upcoming comparisons. I don't really know so much about the non xd titan. Maybe it won't be a failure like the xd is. But the powertrain sure doesn't catch my interest much.

Ford won really? I mean really? The with the truck that they took 20 years to finally update? Wow color me impressed, not call me with something worth it comes in on the news line.

"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."

Yeah a lot has changed since 1998, bout time Ford join 2017!

Oxi Oxi Oxi,

You really are pretty clueless. First of all, the GM twins are all around much better than a Tacoma with exception to off roading where they are probably 8/10 of the way there which is far more than 99% of what most truck owners use them for off road. They are much better at oh, I dunno, actual truck stuff like towing and hauling. Off roading is a minor spec on a shopping list for most all owners.

Second, a Power Wagon will out do a Tacoma TRD is all but the tightest of trails. More protection, more traction, better tires and built in recovery gear. You claim to be some off roader but it is statements like this that show otherwise and really only show you are just a Tacome fan boy. Which this is a sad time to be one with all the issues and lack of satisfaction on the forums for these trucks and the range of short comings they have.

Question what is more relevant in truck owners off roading, running through the desert at higher speeds or trudging though mud and water crossing, up fire roads and climbing boulders which hauling equipment and necessities? Ya, a power wagon would serve the Tacoma in capability there, you do know what a front locker is capable of right? I bet you are the type of guy who looks to put a locker in an IFS...

Only reason the GM twins didn't take the mid size category is because they didn't have a new offering like the last two years, so it was between the TRD and Ridgeline (which btw is better at more truck stuff than the Tacoma too).

Take off those rose colored glasses every once in a while, you might just see something you like!

That new Isuzu diesel aka duramax in a gm seems like it will be OK. Not quite the amount of torque of the Ford built diesel engine. Wonder what the Cummings will do next.

And seriously the Tacoma Pro is gar better than the massive and heavy Power Wagon off-road! I can bet the testing was elementary at best, not proving the REAL off-road situations normal folks encounter off-road to validate such an award!
Posted by: oxi | Oct 14, 2016 8:18:46 AM

The Tacoma would bust it's cheaply made, frail differential in REAL offroad situation. It's simply designed to be cheap and profitable for Toyota. The Frontier is a tougher, more reliable pickup that sells for 1/3 less than the Tacoma. Then there's the issue of power, or lack of it in the case of the Taco's new 3.5 V6. Weak torque and fluctuating deadspots in the middle of the powerband. And what's with the ticking noises? The Colorado's 3.6 was quiet and smooth when I heard it. Yet Toyota can't make an engine that doesn't sound like it's poorly assembled or cheaply designed. The valvetrain shouldn't like an old sewing machine. tick tick tick tick

The winners were the 70 handpicked journalists that received compensation for there choices

Isn't GM the largest automaker in the world?? And still couldn't win a single class!!!
Posted by: MIKEY | Oct 14, 2016 12:02:27 PM

GM is too busy making work trucks. PUTC's Texas Truck Showdown carries more weight than the Texas State Fair's popularity contest.

Has ford even changed anything with the super duty since last year besides just turning the output up a little?

KUDO'S to Nissan which just keeps making good stuff even with all the bashing it gets! When they have that many truck recognized as best in their categories and yet they are not even "truck makers" as many claim, then I pay attention and take note! They must have the right "recipe;" it's only a matter of time before some people start slowly easing into Nissan dealerships to see what they have! What will definitely make many take one home is their 5yr/100,000 mile warranty which is too enticing especially to those that keep trucks for a long time!


Better do some more research. The new GM Duramax Diesel engine is all new, and a GM built engine with no Isuzu input.

Ford win because is gadgets not because it's a better truck,,,

GM is not the largest Auto manufacturer.
1. Toyota
2. Volkswagen
3. General Motors

Big night for FCA as well taking home 7 awards out of twenty categories.One that was a surprise was best off road and best connectivity.Jeep continues to sell quite well in Texas

Congrats to Ford for nothing.

Ford delayed launch of its F-Series Super Duty due to parts issue.

Congratulations, Honda!

exas hates GM trucks. GM came up empty handed just like last year and Ford is the Truck Line of TX just like I predicted....

Congratulations, Ford.

Yeah, that's how we do it 'round here!

PS lol at GM again.


And the biggest loser is:::: Generic Motors..didn't win a thing, too bad so sad..
Posted by: Chuck Z. | Oct 17, 2015 8:00:44 PM

This guy needs your advice. He wants to know if he should buy a F-150 or a Tacoma!

The "truck of texas" is a nice award to throw in the troohy case but the number 1 award for ford is being the best selling truck on the planet every year!!! Im suprised though that chebbie or gmc"government motors" didnt get any awards because they are definitely better than fiat ram!!##

Th 2017 Ford Super Duty will continue to reap in more awards and increase it's lead as the best selling HD ever.

Like the Ford Transit, the world's best seller & soon will have over 50% of the US that's trumping the competition & domination...heh heh

Th 2017 Ford Super Duty will continue to reap in more awards and increase it's lead as the best selling HD ever.

Posted by: Lionel | Oct 15, 2016 8:59:05 PM

This is the first award that the Superduty had won since 1998.

This Ford site must be proud of the 2017 Ford Super Duty, this story is getting old.



Latest test show that downsized boosted engines are producing NOx, CO2, and particulates at 15 times over the legal limit.

Fords giving their customers what they want. A tin can with an Eco engine. Let um have it. Lol

Ford gives them what they want the smartest, most capable and toughest trucks.

Tin metal aka light steel would be what your truck is made of. Tin is also called and referred to as light iron or light steel at scrap yards. It's worthless and is what most appliances are made out of. Aluminum is very valuable. Tin is poor quality and it shows. When will Ram finally engineer safety into there trucks? All around in all the test they have weak cab structures as well as occupant safety and protection. Good luck with your tin Ram.

Thanks dave. Had very good luck with Ram trucks. Unlike my safe Ford that spontaniusly combusted. Stay thirsty bro. Wouldnt drive a Ford if you gave it to me. FIRE WAITING TO HAPPEN.

Thanks dave. Had very good luck with Ram trucks. Unlike my safe Ford that spontaniusly combusted. Stay thirsty bro. Wouldnt drive a Ford if you gave it to me. FIRE WAITING TO HAPPEN.


Posted by: HEMI V8 | Oct 16, 2016 6:01:47 PM

@ HEMI V8; you said it - you've being lucky so far & I guess it shows your consideration for yourself & family driving around that death machine.

Anyways, show as some proof of your constant claim "RAM longest lasting trucks"...nah, I don't think so.

I have several RAM fanatic friends too; one with a '94 2500 & another one with a '03 2500; they've practically had to replace everything on it (except the Cummings) but the worst annoying part to find a replacement was the dash board; it just caved in & fell apart...hahaha!!
By comparison, I bought a '99 F150 around the same time (I sold in '05 /replaced it with a '04 Lightning) that is still running today with now over 129 000 miles & everything is original seats/A/C etc etc including the original dash board that is still looking pristine...this just another example proof of poor quality materials Chrysler used (I can give you tons more examples with friends Jeep GCs, Dakotas, Ram's etc) - the difference compared to Ford's quality is like night & day...

I own a 2004 ram and it rusted and its dah board caved in i traded it in for a new shortbed regular cab f250

I own a 2004 ram and it rusted and its dah board caved in i traded it in for a new shortbed regular cab f250

Posted by: RAM | Oct 16, 2016 6:57:43 PM

Wow RAM; that's incredible, I mean Chrysler (before Fiat) knew about this dash board issue from way back in RAM models of the '90s & still with the same issue in a '04 model is certainly says how much they care about their faithful trump like customers.

I guess this is why their reliability reputation is still in the toilet today & reason why I will never buy a Fiat product...(well maybe a Hellcat :-)

Interestingly, RAM recall didn't make it on the most dangerous vehicles in America but shaky chebby did :-)

In fact my Ranger traversed a river over 3 feet deep & my buddies POS Colorado's choked & the rest were too scared to cross...hahaha, I'm amazed each day how good the Ranger is as is.
Posted by: Lionel | Sep 24, 2016 8:23:54 PM

We all know, it wasn't your Ranger , but completely different truck. You don't even have a truck,but driving Fiesta.

You trying so hard to call RAM recall, even they don't have any , hoping it will stick. I have to disappoint you Lioer. Only recall king in here is ford Fseries this year and next year is not going to be exception .

I got to climb around in a few of these trucks at the State Fair this weekend. A couple of observations:

1) Ford ruined the king ranch. I sat inside the 2017 F150 and F250 KR that they had out on the floor, and dont get me wrong they were both REALLY nice, but because they switched to the bland chocolate brown leather, and away from the more richly colored Chaparral leather found in the '09+ trucks, it just didnt feel special anymore. The leather is what I love about my 2010 F150 KR, its the look of the leather as it wears, its the smell when you get in, its the uniqueness of grain in the leather, each truck had its own finger print. The new trucks just dont have that. I get that the older trucks, especially the early ones with Castano leather and to a lesser degree ones like mine with the Chaparral leather were hard to take care of, but that is what made them truly unique trucks. If I was buying a new truck this year, I'd probably just go with a Lariat.

2) Maybe this has to do with updated crash regs, but the dash felt really high on these. I spent a little bit of time playing around with the seat settings and especially on the F150 it felt like I was sitting way further down in the truck than I do in my 2010. I really like the commanding driving position in my 2010. It's something I could get used to, but it was still annoying.

As much as people say it is rigged, I will disagree, I think the award is completely earned. I sat in the F250 and was just completely blown away by all the little details and fit and finish that were just so well though out, like the location of the auxiliary switches in the headliner above the rear-view mirror, everything inside the cab felt like it had a purpose and was put where I would put it if I was designing the truck myself. The whole package was just rock solid. I dont particularly care for the looks, but if you are driving it you dont have to look at the outside, so who cares. The GM HDs were also drop dead gorgeous, the interior just felt dated since it is essentially 3 years old at this point.

Yep, Fords are still flaming.

9.18.16 Backed halfway under carport (late evening). 15/20 min later while in the bed unloading camping gear I heard crackling noise. Looked over cab and saw smoke and flames coming from engine compartment. It happened so fast. The wind was not in my favor as I smelled nothing. Fire concentrated on passenger side but truck is a total loss. Fire dept. took an ax to the hood cause the linkage was melted and they couldn't open hood to put fire out (strange why they choose that spot). No indication as to why or how this happened. Only 68K miles. I am devastated. I made this truck unique with custom adds and it was MINE!! I am a die hard FORD Lady and now not so sure I want to replace it with another one. My heart is broke.

Ford doesn't make the best trucks. In that case, I could say, that RAM makes best Off-road pickup trucks and Most Luxury pickup trucks, if I go by this TAWA awards.

Ford doesn't have a some recalls, but few millions.


Only recall king in here is ford Fseries this year ...

You missed the key word "this year." You posted RAM recalls links from last year.

Yes, ford is a queen recall this year. They recalled all the major and minor component possible. Engine, trany - 262,000, brakes, door latches -2 million, Engine stalls-90,000 ...

Ford Escape has a recall on the same recall and the recall on the same recall again.

F150 2013, 2014 for brakes - 271,000 and NHTSA investigates 2015 and 2016.
In many cases, ford doesn't make a recall, just TSB, like for stretched timing chains on the Ecoboost engine.

I posted just a few, from this year, because there is no point to play this game. Ford is a recall queen this year. Clearly.

I don't think RAM has had the dash problem since 2005 nor any major recalls since fiat partnered with chrysler.

Kinda like the Ram recall that they had to buy back trucks because recalls couldn't fix the defect?

No. They have been asked to offer customers an option to buy their trucks back, because it took them too long to fix the recall , because of missing part. There hasn't been recall on recall on recall. That's the ford specialty.

I didn't have any recall on my 2010 RAM 1500 for the engine, trany, transfer case, brakes, safety belts , or air bag. I had a recall for the differential nut loctite possible missing , but because they checked that right away and replaced that before the fine, I didn't get an option for buyback.
Ford on the other hand has broken brakes for a year now and no one is forcing them to replace them . Double measure for sure.

They gave the ridgeline a price for having speakers in its bed but GM couldn't land a single thing in anything...

The Nissan prevalence is a bit surprising especially in 1/2 ton and the Amrada (full size SUV is a category GM typically OWNS).

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