The annual Texas Truck Rodeo was held this past weekend by the Texas Auto Writers Association. The Lone Star State’s finest auto journalists got behind the wheel of the latest trucks, SUVs, and crossovers to determine which vehicles would be crowned the best in Texas for 2009. There are a total of 18 truck/SUV/CUV-related categories, and like 2008, the Blue Oval made a strong statement, taking eight awards.

Last year’s Truck of Texas winner was initially muddled; it originally looked like both Ford and Dodge had laid claim to the award. Upon closer examination of both brands’ press releases, it was revealed that Dodge had won the Full-Size Pickup Truck award with their 2009 Ram 1500 Laramie 4x4 and Ford was indeed the Truck of Texas winner with their 2009 F-150. This year, the 2010 Ford F-150 has been selected as the Truck of Texas.

Continuing to make shockwaves in the truck community is the specialized 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCab, which took this year’s Full-Size Pickup Truck award previously owned by the aforementioned 2009 Dodge Ram Laramie 4x4. Dodge fans need not fret however, as the brand-new 2010 Dodge Ram 3500 succeeds the 2009 Ford F-350 Cabela’s Edition as the 2009 Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck of Texas.

Other notable winners include the all-new 2010 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition in the Midsize SUV segment (replacing the long-lived Ford Explorer) and the 2010 Subaru Outback in the Compact CUV segment. The Outback, recently named our 2010 Sport/Utility of the Year, displaces the 2009 Subaru Forester, our 2009 Sport/Utility of the Year.

The 2009 winners are listed below:


2009 Texas Truck Rodeo Winners
Category2009 Winner2008 Winner
Truck of Texas2010 Ford F-1502009 Ford F-150
SUV of Texas2010 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC2008 Ford Expedition King Ranch
CUV of Texas2010 Cadillac SRX 2.8-liter Turbo2009 Ford Flex
Truck Line of TexasFordFord
Outstanding FeatureFord Work SolutionsDodge RamBox
Full-Size Pickup Truck2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor SuperCab2009 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie 4x4
Midsize Pickup Truck2010 Dodge Dakota Crew Cab TRX42009 Toyota Tacoma D-Cab 4x4
Luxury Pickup Truck2010 Ford F-150 King Ranch SuperCrew2009 Ford F-150 King Ranch
Heavy-Duty Pickup Truck2010 Dodge Ram 35002009 Ford F-350 Cabela’s Edition
Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle2010 Ford Expedition King Ranch2009 GMC 2WD Yukon Hybrid
Midsize Sport Utility Vehicle2010 Toyota 4Runner Trail Edition2008 Ford Explorer
Compact Sport Utility Vehicle2010 Jeep Patriot Limited 4x42009 Suzuki Grand Vitara XSport
Full-Size Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle2010 Mercedes-Benz GL350 BlueTEC2009 Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Midsize Luxury Sport Utility Vehicle2010 Lexus RX 450h2009 Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTEC
Luxury Crossover Utility Vehicle2010 Cadillac SRX 2.8-liter Turbo2008 Lincoln MKX
Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle2010 Subaru Outback2009 Subaru Forester 2.5X
Midsize Crossover Utility Vehicle2010 Lincoln MKX2009 Mazda CX-9
Full-Size Crossover Utility Vehicle2010 Ford Flex EcoBoost 2009 Ford Flex

Source: Texas Auto Writers Association