For two days a year around the end of October, just about every auto manufacturer gets together with about 60 of their brand new trucks, SUV’s, CUV’s (crossover utility vehicle) and nearly twice that number of engineers and product specialists at a remote location in Texas. During those two days, some of Texas’ elite automotive journalists (and us) are invited to the remote location and asked to use, abuse, test and evaluate each of the vehicles. At the end of the two days, and after the dust has settled, the journalists cast votes and choose which truck, SUV and CUV will take the coveted title of Truck of Texas, SUV of Texas and CUV of Texas.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer’s engineers and product specialist are not there to hand out suitcases full of cash in exchange for votes, they are simply there to answer any questions and educate the voting journalists about their latest vehicles. The manufacturers all bite their tongues and put on a happy face while this group of journalists drive their newest hardware too quickly and too aggressively around a couple of different off-road courses, through creeks, up rocky ascents and down sandy descents in an attempt to decide which is best.
This year, the 2012 Ford F-150 was named Truck of Texas, the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was named SUV of Texas and the 2012 Ford Edge was named the CUV of Texas. In addition to Truck, SUV and CUV of Texas, the journalists bestow honors for several other categories, most notably:
- Luxury Truck of Texas: 2012 Ford F-150 Platinum EcoBoost
- Luxury SUV of Texas: 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit
- Full-Size Pickup Truck of Texas: 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
- Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck of Texas: 2012 Ford F-250 King Ranch Super Duty