Texas Edition Trucks
Maybe chrome does get you home.
It's no secret that Texans love their trucks. In fact, it's reported that a stunning one of every six pickups sold is in the state of Texas. It should come as no surprise, then, that all of the major truck manufacturers have offered a special edition just for Texas at some point. Some are base model trucks, while others are top-end luxury. One thing they all seem to have in common, though, is loads of brown leather and piles of chrome.
Now, these special editions aren't always easy for us non-Texans to find, and not all of the manufacturers make a big deal about them outside of Texas. Furthermore, many dealers in Texas have been known to put together their own packages complete with badging. That's all to say, while our list below is thorough, it may not be complete. If there's any we missed, please pass along the word.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at the wild world of special editions, Texas style.
Chevrolet Silverado Texas Edition
For 2021, truck buyers in Texas can add the Texas Edition package to LT and LTZ trimmed 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD Chevy Silverado pickups. For Silverado 1500 the LT Texas Edition package brings with it features such as dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power driver seat, heated front seats, keyless open and start, LED cargo bed lighting, power lock and release tailgate, trailering package, and more. Bumping up to LTZ adds front bucket seats, ventilated front seats, front and rear park assist, lane change alert, rear cross-traffic alert, a power up and down tailgate, and more. The package costs between $2,000 and $3,000, depending on discounts.
On the heavy-duty trucks, the options list is largely the same for LT trimmed trucks and costs just shy of $3,000. For LTZ, however, the option is the Premium Texas Edition package. This package brings with it nearly the full list of available safety and technology features found on High Country models, along with 20-inch wheels and all-terrain tires. The LTZ Premium Texas Edition for Silverado HD will run about $7,000, depending on discounts.
Ram Lone Star Edition and Laramie Longhorn
Landing just above the base Tradesman model for 2021 Ram Trucks buyers in Texas is the Lone Star Edition. This trim is available for 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks, in all cab configurations, and with all engine options. If the list of available features seems familiar, it's because Lone Star replaces the best-selling Big Horn trim in the Texas market. Basically, moving up from Tradesman to Lone Star adds aluminum wheels, chrome grille, chrome bumpers, foglights, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. And we can't forget the unique Lone Star badging. Bumping up from Tradesman to Lone Star adds about $4,000 to the sticker price.
Ram also offers the Laramie Longhorn trim on all of its trucks. This trim, which finds itself near the top of the Ram trim walk, is full of rich brown leather and miles upon miles of filigree. If it's the full Texas cattle ranch experience you're looking for, or at least what a designer with pointy shoes in Michigan thinks of a Texas cattle ranch, then this truck is for you. Named after the longhorn cattle that are native to the state of Texas, this trim is available nationwide.
Ford Texas Edition and King Ranch
Probably the most well-known of the Texas edition pickups is Ford's King Ranch trim. That's because Ford hasn't limited this trim to just the state of Texas. Founded in 1853 by Richard King, the King Ranch is not only the largest ranch in the state of Texas, but also the United States. Ford's King Ranch trim pays homage to the ranching lifestyle with loads of leather and chrome. King Ranch is found near the middle of Ford's trim walk, with XLT and Lariat below and Platinum and Limited above.
More regionally, Ford has also offered a Texas Edition on F-150 pickups. This package wasn't widely advertised and appears to be discontinued for 2021. Available on 2020 XLT trucks, the Texas Edition was fairly inexpensive at just $60 (discounted) and brought with it a chrome grille, chrome side steps, and chrome exhaust tip. For 2021 Ford appears to offer a similar package in the XLT Chrome Appearance package (302A High), though there is more content added and the cost jumps to almost $6,000 (not discounted).
Nissan Texas Titan
Nissan introduced a Texas Titan special edition at the 2016 State Fair of Texas for the 2017 model year of Titan and Titan XD. This special edition came with a chrome grille, 20-inch chrome aluminum-alloy wheels, metallic-finish kick plates, chrome exhaust tips, "Texas Titan" floor mats, and special badging. The package was available on SV and SL trims. Unfortunately, the package only ran until 2020, and there's currently no Texas edition Titan for 2021.
Toyota Tundra Texas Edition and 1794 Edition
Toyota's Tundra is indisputably the most Texas pickup on the market today. How did we come to this conclusion, you ask? Simple. All Tundra pickups are assembled at the company's plant in San Antonio, Texas (about half of all Tacoma pickups are assembled in Texas, as well, with the other half coming from Mexico). For most of the current generation, Toyota has offered a special Texas Edition package for Tundra, as well. Available on the SR5 grade truck, the package included 20-inch wheels, tubular side steps, a billet grille, chrome exhaust tip, custom floor mats, and a Texas Edition emblem. The package cost about $4,000 before discounts and appears to have been discontinued with the 2020 model year.
Toyota's top-of-the-line Tundra is currently the 1794 Edition. A lot of people ask what the 1794 Edition is named after, and since Toyota has done a poor job of explaining it, we'll take on the task. It's actually pretty simple 1794 was the year the ranch that once sat on the land the current San Antonio assembly plant is on was founded. The 1794 Edition Tundra features a unique saddle brown leather interior, with leather-wrapped bits found throughout the cabin. Wood trim and chrome brightwork abound, giving the truck a real western sort of vibe. While not as extensive a luxury package as Ford's King Ranch or Ram's Laramie Longhorn, the 1794 Edition Tundra is quite a bargain, starting at just $49,000.