It appears Big Tex wasn’t the only thing on fire this past weekend at the Texas State Fair in Dallas. Chrysler Group vehicles from the Jeep and Ram brands took home eight of the 19 awards bestowed upon the toughest vehicles that best represent the Lone Star state.
To win an award, a vehicle must pass through two days of on- and off-road testing by 50 journalists from the Texas Auto Writers Association. Each member of TAWA takes exterior styling, off-road capability, overall value, and of course, fuel efficiency into account when evaluating over 60 vehicles that had been entered into the competition.
In all, Chrysler Group is returning to Michigan with eight awards that include Truck of Texas (2013 Ram 1500), SUV of Texas (2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee), Truck Line of Texas (Ram Truck Brand), full-size SUV (2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee), midsize SUV (2013 Jeep Wrangler), full-size luxury SUV (2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Summit), full-size pickup truck (2013 Ram 1500), and luxury pickup truck (2013 Ram 1500). The Jeep Grand Cherokee is no stranger to the “SUV of Texas” title, as it has won for the past three consecutive years.
Even though it’s technically not a complete redesign, the 2013 Ram 1500 might as well be considered one with all of its new and added features. Ram’s latest version of its half-ton hauler starts at $23,585 and includes features like an eight-speed Torqueflite 8 automatic transmission, stop-start technology, active aerodynamics including grille shutters and active air suspension, and the next-generation Uconnect system. As for the 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee, it offers a claimed range of 550 miles on one tank of gas, Quadra-Lift air suspension, and over 45 safety and security features.
We’ve had a chance to drive both the 2013 Ram 1500 and the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee and came away very impressed. Stay tuned for our in-depth Road Test of the Grand Cherokee later this month.