November 2, 2021 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dozens of journalists representing the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) spent two days early in October driving the industry's newest trucks and SUVs over a variety of on-road and rugged off-road terrain. When the dust settled and ballots were counted, the all-new 2022 Grand Wagoneer was crowned SUV of Texas by the influential group of automotive journalists. The Ram Truck brand took Full-size Pickup Truck of Texas, in addition to numerous consecutive awards and the Jeep® brand took several titles as well, including Green SUV of Texas for the new Jeep Wrangler 4xe.

“The 2022 Grand Wagoneer truly impressed our members. The attention to detail, luxury materials, integrated design, and the capability and technology is indeed setting a new benchmark for the full-size Luxury SUV segment,” said Kristin Shaw, President of TAWA. “Ram trucks also brought their A-game, winning several consecutive awards. Texas auto writers are true connoisseurs of pickup trucks so Ram’s honors are well deserved. We also enjoyed the lineup from Jeep with several vehicles that were the stars of their categories, offering capability, craftsmanship and versatility.” 

Wagoneer, Ram and Jeep vehicles with top honors include: 

Wagoneer
SUV of Texas: 2022 Grand Wagoneer
Full-size Luxury SUV of Texas: 2022 Grand Wagoneer Series III
Full-size SUV of Texas: 2022 Wagoneer
 
Ram
Full-size Pickup Truck: 2022 Ram 1500
Heavy Duty Pickup Truck: 2022 Ram 2500 Power Wagon
Luxury Pickup Truck: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Off-Road Vehicle: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX
Best Powertrain: Ram 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8
 
Jeep
Mid-size SUV: 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L
Green Vehicle: 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe
 
Uconnect
Best Infotainment System: Uconnect 5

This year’s Rodeo was held at Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave, Texas, featuring both on-road and technical off-road driving opportunities. TAWA members cast their votes after two days of vehicle evaluations. Consideration is given to everything from exterior/interior styling and off-road capability to the entrant’s overall utility, value and performance.

More than 50 pickup trucks and SUVs were entered in the competition and more than 40 TAWA members attended.

TAWA
The Texas Auto Writers Association, Inc. was founded in 1987 by automotive journalists who wanted to provide an avenue of professional growth, development, and networking. These professionals sought to create an automotive event that was unique to Texas and the result was the TAWA Truck Rodeo; since 1993, Truck Rodeos have been held all over the state of Texas. In 2003, TAWA created an event for sedans, sports cars, and other vehicles not eligible for the Truck Rodeo, now called the Texas Auto Roundup. For more information, visit www.texasautowriters.org.
 
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