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2019 TEXAS AUTO ROUNDUP RESULTS 


As part of TAWA’s efforts to serve the automotive journalists members who cover the automotive industry, more than 50 TAWA members and 60-plus manufacturer representatives from throughout the nation meet each spring for a two-day evaluation of the industry’s latest compact cars, sedans, and top performance cars as well as CUVs, activity vehicles, vans, and green vehicles. Manufacturers covet the prestigious awards they earn and often mention the honors in their promotional material.

TOP AWARDS


Car of Texas: 2019 Dodge Challenger


CUV of Texas: 2020 Kia Telluride


Family Car of Texas: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica


Performance Car of Texas: 2019 Dodge Challenger


Denton,Texas - April 04, 2019 - Dodge Challenger Wins ‘Car of Texas’

A Dodge muscle car won the top award at the 2019 Texas Auto Roundup. After 44 journalist members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) evaluated 29 vehicles April 14-16, the 2019 Dodge Challenger was crowned the overall Car of Texas.

“Driving enthusiasts in Texas love horsepower, and the Challenger’s classic muscular lines and monumental power won over our voters,” said Michael Marrs, president of TAWA and co-host of the In Wheel Time radio show in Houston. “The most powerful Challenger that Dodge brought to the Roundup — the SRT Hellcat Redeye — drew attention for its 797-horsepower engine and raucous exhaust note.”

The Challenger also won the Performance Car of Texas title. Other top awards include the 2019 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid as Family Car of Texas and 2020 Kia Telluride as CUV of Texas.

TAWA members, who cover the automotive industry for print, online and broadcast outlets across the United States, voted on the top vehicles after spending two days comparing them in Denton, Texas. They took the vehicles on a series of street and handling exercises, pushing performance cars and taking other vehicles on slalom, acceleration and braking tests. Members also learned about the new vehicles’ features and changes from manufacturer representatives.

Other category award winners from the 2019 Texas Auto Roundup include:

COMPACT CAR

  • Winner: 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE
  • Runner-Up: 2020 Toyota Corolla LE Hybrid

MID-SIZE CAR

  • Winner: 2019 Nissan Maxima Platinun

MINIVAN

  • Winner: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

GREEN VEHICLE

  • Winner: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid
  • Runner-Up: 2018 Honda Clarity

MID-SIZE LUXURY CAR

  • Winner: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport
  • Runner-Up: 2019 Lexus ES 300h Luxury

PERFORMANCE COMPACT

  • Winner: 2019 Volkswagen GTI SE

PERFORMANCE COUPE

  • Winner: 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
  • Runner-Up: 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody

PERFORMANCE SEDAN

  • Winner: 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
  • Runner-Up: 2019 Volkswagen GLI 35th Anniversary Edition

COMPACT CUV 

  • Winner: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD
  • Runner-Up: 2019 Toyota RAV4 XSE Hybrid

MID-SIZE CUV

  • Winner: 2020 Kia Telluride SX

LUXURY CUV 

  • Winner: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E63 S Wagon Carbon Fiber
  • Runner-Up 2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio


    PAST AUTO ROUNDUP RESULTS

    TOP AWARDS BY CATEGORY

    MID-SIZE LUXURY CAR

    Winner: 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport


    MID-SIZE CAR

    Winner: 2019 Nissan Maxima Platinum


    COMPACT CAR

    Winner: 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE


    PERFORMANCE SEDAN

    Winner: 2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio


    PERFORMANCE COUPE

    Winner: 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye


    PERFORMANCE COMPACT

    Winner: 2019 Volkswagen GTI SE


    COMPACT CUV 

    Winner: 2019 Mazda CX-5 Signature AWD


    MID-SIZE CUV

    Winner: 2020 Kia Telluride SX


    LUXURY CUV

    Winner: 2019 Mercedes-Benz E63 S Wagon Carbon Fiber


    MINIVAN

    Winner: 2019 Chrysler Pacifica


    GREEN VEHICLE

    Winner: 2019 Nissan LEAF PLUS SV


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