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2022 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


Family Vehicle of Texas: Chrysler Pacifica


Crossover Vehicle of Texas: Hyundai IONIQ 5


Performance Car of Texas: Lexus LC 500 


Electric Vehicle of Texas: Hyundai IONIQ 5


TAWA Announces 2022 Texas Auto Roundup Winners

Fort Worth, TX – May 12, 2022 – The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) is pleased to announce the award winners of the 2022 TAWA Texas Auto Roundup. This year’s event was held in Fort Worth, Texas at the legendary Texas Motor Speedway. The awards were announced in partnership with the Houston Auto Show on May 12, 2022 at 3:00pm Central Standard Time.

Automotive journalists from across the State tested 33 vehicles at this year’s event held on April 24-26, 2022. TAWA members evaluated vehicles based on their interior, exterior, value, performance and overall personal appeal. 

This year the title award categories were Family Vehicle of Texas, Performance Vehicle of Texas, Compact Utility Vehicle of Texas and Electric Vehicle of Texas. An additional eight category awards, two feature-based awards and four calculated merit awards were also awarded by TAWA’s Member Journalists.  

“The Texas Auto Writers Association thanks and congratulates all automotive members and partners for joining us for this year’s Texas Auto Roundup. We offer a special congratulations to the title and category winners of the 2022 Texas Auto Roundup,” said TAWA Teia Collier. “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to experience these world-class vehicles at this beautiful facility. The future of automotive is bright.”

The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid was named the Family Vehicle of Texas and serves as a reminder of the continued appreciation of the minivan as an option for families. The Lexus LC 500 was named the Performance Vehicle of Texas, and the IONIQ5 earned the honor of being named TAWA’s first ever Electric Vehicle of Texas as well as CUV of Texas. 

“Earning five Texas Auto Roundup awards for the IONIQ 5 and Elantra N speaks to the impressive ability of Hyundai’s design, engineering, manufacturing and product development teams to bring to market the best vehicles in two distinct categories,” said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, product planning and mobility strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. “IONIQ 5 delivers on range, power, charging speed, design, interior space, and advanced technology for today’s eco-focused drivers, while the Elantra N offers dynamic driving capabilities in a thrilling everyday sports car. We work hard at Hyundai to listen to our customers and take care of today and tomorrow.”

The Texas Auto Writers Association would like to thank our generous partners and members for their continued support and vigilance in adhering to safety protocols, without their hard work and support an event of this scale would not be possible. 

“As the world continues to reopen, the role of the automotive industry continues to evolve and is shaped by the vehicles created by automakers and the buying habits of consumers.” said Collier. “Now more than ever, the role of the automotive journalist to relay reliable, current information is more important than ever as a challenging year for the automotive industry continues into 2023.”

"It appears that automakers used the Pandemic to create vehicles that met the demand for an engaging drive, increased safety and user-friendly design. That paired with the advancements in technology and the rise of electric vehicles marked the offers brought to this year’s Texas Auto Roundup” said Collier. “After seeing the vehicles represented at the 2022 Roundup, we cannot help but feel excited and optimistic about the state and future of the automotive industry."

2022 Texas Auto Roundup Winners

OVERALL AWARDS

     FAMILY VEHICLE OF TEXAS: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

     PERFORMANCE VEHICLE OF TEXAS: Lexus LC 500

     CUV OF TEXAS: Hyundai IONIQ 5

     ELECTRIC VEHICLE OF TEXAS:  Hyundai IONIQ 5

CATEGORY AWARDS

     LUXURY CAR ($40,000 - $65,000):  Genesis G70

     LUXURY CAR ($65,000 - $100,000): Lexus LC 500

     PERFORMANCE COUPE: Toyota GR Supra

     PERFORMANCE SEDAN: Hyundai Elantra

     CUV: Mazda CX-50

     LUXURY CUV: Lexus NX-450h+

     MINI VAN: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

     GREEN VEHICLE: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

CALCULATED AWARDS

     BEST INTERIOR: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

     BEST EXTERIOR: Lexus LC 500

     BEST VALUE: Hyundai Elantra

     BEST PERFORMANCE: Dodge Challenger

     BEST PERSONAL APPEAL: Hyundai IONIQ 5

FEATURE AWARDS

     BEST NEW FEATURE:  Hyundai Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) Function

     BEST NEW INTERIOR:  Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle Interior

About TAWA

The Texas Auto Writers Association was founded in 1987 by automotive journalists who wanted to provide an avenue for professional growth, development, and networking. These professionals sought to create an automotive event that was unique to Texas, and as a result the TAWA Truck Rodeo was created. Since 1993, Truck Rodeos have been held in San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Granbury and Spring Branch, Dripping Springs and most recently at the Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave, Texas.

In 2003, TAWA created an event for sedans, sports cars and other vehicles not eligible for the Truck Rodeo. The event as it is called today is the Texas Auto Roundup, as the event is called today, returned in 2021 after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.  For more information, visit www.texasautowriters.org.

Media Contact: Amy Plemons, [email protected]



PAST AUTO ROUNDUP RESULTS

Category Winners 

LUXURY CAR $65-100,000 

Winner: Lexus LC 500 


LUXURY CAR $40-65,000

Winner: Genesis G70


PERFORMANCE COUPE  

Winner: Toyota GR Supra 


PERFORMANCE SEDAN

Winner: Hyundai Elantra N M/T 


CROSSOVER VEHICLE 

Winner: Mazda CX-50


LUXURY CROSSOVER VEHICLE  

Winner: Lexus 450h+


MINIVAN

Winner: Chrysler Pacifica


GREEN VEHICLE

Winner: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid


ELECTRIC VEHICLE  

Winner: Hyundai IONIC 5


BEST NEW FEATURE  

Winner: Hyundai Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) Function


BEST NEW INTERIOR

Winner: Chrysler Pacifica Pinnacle Interior



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