The Texas Automotive Writers Association (TAWA) has released its list of winners from the group’s annual Off-Road Invitational. Dozens of journalists spent two days in early October driving the auto industry’s newest trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) over a number of on-road and off-road conditions.
The group awarded the 2023 Ram 1500 Limited as the “Texas Full-Size Truck of the Year” and the 2023 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon 4xe received honors as the “Texas Off-Road SUV of the Year” and “Texas Mid-Size SUV of the Year”.
“The 2023 Ram 1500 sets the standard for luxury pickup trucks again this year. It is hard to find a better combination of functionality and luxury in a pickup truck,” said Michael Satterfield, President Texas Motor Press Association. “The Jeep Wrangler has always been a leader in off-road, and the new 4xe continues that trend of blazing trails by offering a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) in one of the most off-road capable vehicles ever made. It can tackle any trail, but still, offer enough electric range to cover most people’s daily commuting. It’s the best of both worlds.”
The 2023 Ram 1500 is the no-compromise benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency, performance, and convenience with features never before offered in a pickup. The Ram 1500 features up to 12,750 lbs. of towing capability and 2,300 lbs. of payload. The eTorque 48-volt mild hybrid system delivers improved fuel efficiency in both V6 (standard) and V8 configurations. The Ram 1500 is America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup with 480 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering up to 1,000 miles of range on a single tank of fuel.
The 2023 Ram 1500 TRX has been rigorously tested to handle the most punishing conditions with extreme capability and durability on its way to being the quickest, fastest, and most powerful mass-produced half-ton pickup truck in the world.
The iconic Jeep Wrangler – the most capable and recognized vehicle in the world delivers unmatched off-road capability and is produced with more than eight decades of 4×4 engineering experience. Powertrain options include a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, a 6.4-liter HEMI V8, and the first-ever Wrangler PHEV, the 4xe, which uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine, two electric motors and a high-voltage battery pack to deliver 21 miles of all-electric range and 49 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). Wrangler continues to offer a body-on-frame design, front and rear five-link suspension system, solid axles, and electronic lockers and is one of the few midsize SUVs to offer a 6-speed manual transmission in addition to its available 8-speed automatic.