Texas Truck Rodeo–Battle of the SUVs

Fall Off-Road Events Put Them to the Test–And The Results Are Now In!

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) annual Texas Truck Rodeo driving event was held at the Eagles Canyon Raceway in Decatur this year. With the racetrack off-limits for this event, the curated off-road route was where vehicles were put to the test over various moguls and rock formations. There was also an opportunity to test the vehicles on-road, and a few were limited to on-road only, but the SUV of Texas title will go to the one sporting off-road muscle along with everything else, said the Savvy Drivers.
Photos: Kevin McCauley of Capturing the Machine

The all-new 2023 Toyota Sequoia with a new hybrid powertrain will be hard to beat. The Toyota team brought its TRD Pro version of the new Sequoia.

THE TOYOTA SEQUOIA WAS NAMED:
SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE OF TEXAS
FULL-SIZE SUV OF TEXAS
OFF-ROAD SUV OF TEXAS

BEST EXTERIOR

The 2023 Wagoneer and 2023 Wagoneer L, both equipped with the new the Hurricane engine, vied for the titles.

WAGONEER WAS AWARDED:
BEST INTERIOR
BEST NEW FEATURE FOR ITS HURRICANE TWIN TURBO ENGINE

The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas V6 SEL R-Line 4Motion is a value-priced family-oriented stand-out.

Always the standout off-road, the 2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Rubicon waltzed across the rocks with ease.

BATTLE OF THE MID-SIZERS

Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
2023 Hyundai XRT
Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek
WINNER-MIDSIZE SUV OF TEXAS
Volkswagen’s Tiguan is another to consider if you’re looking to get a lot for the money.

COMPACT COMPETITION IS FIERCE

The Savvy Drivers were impressed by Mazda’s entry into the off-road competition with the CX-50 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus.

WINNER: MAZDA CX-50 WAS NAMED
COMPACT SUV OF TEXAS

2022 Forester in new rugged Wilderness trim retains Subaru’s status as a vehicle ready for adventure.

Green Vehicle of Texas

The 2022 4e version of the always luxurious Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit proves that nothing is lost and much is gained (56 miles per gallon equivalent) with the new plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Also up for Green Vehicle of Texas, the GV60 Performance (below) represents Genesis’ first dedicated electric vehicle model. Innovative technologies such as the Crystal Sphere and Face Connect negate the need for a key—use your retina and fingerprint to unlock, enter and start the vehicle!
TAWA was the first group of media to experience first drives of the new 2023 Jeep Compass (photos still under embargo). Stellantis brought the Trailhawk edition of the Compass.
Honda’s all-new 2023 HR-V EX-L AWD further heats up the competition in this category.

Luxury SUV of Texas

The contenders were the 2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport, Acura MDX Type S with Advance and four-wheel-drive Performance model of the Genesis GV60 with a special yellow launch button.

The 2022 Lexus LX 600 F Sport

Acura MDX Type S with Advance

GENESIS GV60 WAS NAMED: LUXURY SUV OF TEXAS – GREEN VEHICLE OF TEXAS – BEST VALUE

Read Part 1:  2022 Texas Truck Rodeo–Battle of the Pickups

A couple of days after the TAWA Rodeo, we got another chance to drive some of these vehicles and others at the Texas Motor Press’s Off-Road Invitational at the Brazos Valley Off-Road Ranch in Bryan, Texas.  Click here to see photos and winners.

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