Hitting the Off-Road

POSTED: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 9:20pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 9:29pm

The Texas Truck Rodeo

It happens every fall, and is the event that all of us in the Texas Auto Writers association look forward to all year long.
That’s when we travel to the beautiful Knibbe Ranch in the Hill Country north of San Antonio and gather virtually every truck and SUV on the market and basically drive the snot out of the.
And this year, the competition for the title “Truck of Texas” was fierce.
“This one has our all new HID headlamps in the front which are twice as bright as our normal halogen lamps.”
“We brought our new 2013 Ram 1500. We also have some eye candy out here, our new Power Wagon.”
That’s right, both Ford and Ram had new trucks this year.
And the factory reps wanted us to know they were the best of the bunch.
Of course, everyone had their best and shiniest at the event.
Vehicles ranged from tough off-roaders to sleek luxury trucks that will probably never see dirt, much less a rock, were there.
“what we have here is an Acadia Denali, which is kind of the ultimate in luxury, premium trim for the Acadia.”
“Full leather seats. Not just the seating surface, but the full seat is leather.”
And this year, the beautiful Guadalupe River was higher thanks to abundant rain this Spring and Summer.
The remnants of the drought though, still remain.
But, Toyota…
“This is our Trail Edition FourRunner here. We’ve got the room for storage and we’ve got this cargo carrier that pulls out. It will hold up to 440 pounds.”

And all the rest were there, and being pounded over some pretty rough terrain.
Some drivers were sensible, and some were in danger of running out talent if they weren’t careful.
In the end though, we had to pick some winners.
And the 2012 Truck of Texas was the new Ram from Chrysler.
Another Chrysler product, the Jeep Grand Cherokee was the SUV of Texas.
The Buick Enclave was the Crossover Utility vehicle of Texas and Ram won the Truck Line of Texas.
Other category winners include the Jeep Wrangler, Cadillac SRX, Forde Explorer and Escape, GMC Acadia and Terrain, Hyundai Sante Fe, Toyota Tacoma and more.
And with new Chevy and GMC trucks being introduced in December, next year at the ranch should be even more of a slugfest.

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