It was ride 'em, rope and brand 'em for Ram Truck and Jeep vehicles at the 20th annual Texas Auto Writers Association's Texas Truck Rodeo. Ram and Jeep together picked up eight awards, more than any other OEM.
The event took place Oct. 18-20 in San Antonio.
In the two-day evaluation, 50 TAWA members took on- and off-road performance into account, with exterior styling, value, fuel efficiency and overall utility figure prominently as well.
Judges chose between more than 60 pickups, SUVs and crossovers.
Awards picked up by Chrysler Group LLC vehicles included Truck of Texas, full-size pickup truck and luxury pickup truck for the 2013 Ram 1500; SUV of Texas and full-size SUV for the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee; and Truck Line of Texas for Ram Truck Brand.
The Ram 1500 features eight-speed TorqueFlite 8 transmission, grille shutters and air suspension. The frame, engine and transmission are all new for 2013.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers a four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand two-speed transfer case and a driving range of more than 550 miles, according to Chrysler. Three 4x4 systems and V-6 and V-8 engines are available. The Grand Cherokee also won the SUV of Texas nod last year.
The 2013 Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, new for this year, comes with rock rails, Goodyear Silent Armor tires and the Selec-Terrain and Quadra-Lift suspension systems, according to Chrysler.
Ford picked up top slots for the 2013 Escape and Explorer Sport SUVs, the F-250 Super Duty pickup, and the F-150 SVT Raptor. General Motors did well with the Acadia and Terrain crossovers, the 2013 Buick Enclave and the 2013 Cadillac SRX. Toyota and Hyundai picked up awards in the crossover and truck categories.
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