More than 50 automotive journalists took part in the extensive Texas Truck Rodeo held at the historic Knibbe Ranch outside of San Antonio. Once the dust settled, the F-150 was crowned as the 2012 Truck of Texas, the Ford Edge as the Crossover of Texas and the Jeep Grand Cherokee as the SUV of Texas.
Ford's 2.0-liter Ecoboost turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine was also voted as the 2012 Outstanding Feature of Texas.
The Texas Auto Writers Association's annual Truck Rodeo is considered the industry's most prestigious journalist-selected truck and SUV prize. Traditionally, automakers heavily market their victories in marketing campaigns across Texas and the southwest.
Individual class winners included:
Full-size pickup: Ford F-150
Mid-size pickup: Nissan Frontier
Luxury pickup: Ford F-150 Platinum Ecoboost
HD pickup: Ford F-250 King Ranch
Full-size SUV: Dodge Durango
Full-size luxury SUV: Jeep Grand Cherokee (Overland)
Mid-size SUV: Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
Mid-size luxury SUV: Toyota 4Runner (Limited)
Compact SUV: Nissan Xterra
Full-size crossover: Buick Enclave
Mid-size crossover: Ford Edge Ecoboost
Compact crossover: Toyota RAV4
Full-size luxury crossover: GMC Acadia Denali
Mid-size luxury crossover: Cadillac SRX