Dodge Challenger wins 2019 Car of Texas title

A pair of Dodge Challengers raced off with the top honor in the 2019 Texas Auto Roundup this past weekend in Denton, Texas. 

Following two days of driving the streets and highways of North Texas – then pushing the vehicles in measured handling, acceleration and braking tests supervised by Texas Region Sports Car Club of America members – the Dodge Challenger duo was judged by the 44 journalists attending, to be the best of the best.

The Challengers not only won the 2019 Car of Texas award; they also took home the 2019 Performance Car of Texas while scoring a Performance Coupe category win along the way.

Chrysler’s 2019 Pacifica was named the 2019 Family Car of Texas and the brand-new 2020 Kia Telluride carted off the 2019 CUV of Texas honor.

 

2019 Dodge Challenger Redeye
2019 Dodge Challenger

 

2019 Car of Texas

2019 DODGE CHALLENGER

The Dodge team wanted to be sure that the TAWA media attending clearly recognized SRT as the performance halo of the Dodge brand and the ultimate American performance machine (aka muscle car) with their Dodge Challenger R/T and SRT Coupes.

Between the street driving and the performance handling, acceleration and braking testing activities, they certainly got the attention of the media attending using the ‘moderately’ priced Challenger R/T Scat Pack paired with the baddest of them all, the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye.

Competing in the Performance Coupe category the two models raced away with the Performance Coupe Category and Performance Car of Texas honors – scoring well more than  enough points to take the big award too – the 2019 Car of Texas.

 

2019 Dodge Challenger
2019 Dodge Challenger

 

2019 Performance Car of Texas

2019 DODGE CHALLENGER

Take your pick as they entered two in the Performance Coupe category – The Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Wide Body.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye (MSRP $58,650 / as tested $88,900) is the most powerful, quickest and fastest muscle car available for the street. It’s 6.2L high output HEMI V8 produces a whopping 797 horsepower with 707 lb.-ft. of torque delivered to the track through a TorqueFlite High Performance 8-speed automatic transmission.  Hellcat Redeye accelerates 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and runs a ‘quarter-mile’ in just 10.8 seconds – reaching 131 mph. Top speed is 203 mph.

Features include a fully functional dual snorkel hood, adaptive damping SRT-tuned Bilstein suspension, new ‘Redeye’ badging and interior performance treatments like a new 220 mph red speedometer and Redeye logo splash screen.

 

2019 Dodge Challenger
2019 Dodge Challenger

 

2019 Family Car of Texas

2019 CHRYLSER PACIFICA

Already the most Awarded Minivan for the last three years, the Pacifica begins year four with another meaningful win in Texas. 

Again, take your pick as Chrysler entered two in the competition, the conventional Pacifica Limited and a Pacifica Hybrid. 

The Pacifica Limited (MSRP $44,445 / as tested $50,520) was fully equipped powered by the award winning Pentastar V6 gasoline engine with  7-inch Driver Information Screen, Stow’n Go seating, handsfree sliding doors and liftgate, Stow’n Vac integrated vacuum system, 8.4-inch Touchscreen Display,  Uconnect theater with 10-inch screens, 360-degree Surround View Camera, ParkSense Parking Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Forward Collision Warning-Plus and more.

 

2019 Dodge Challenger
2019 Dodge Challenger

 

The Pacifica Hybrid was also a Limited Trim (MSRP $45,395 / as tested $50,375)  is the segment’s first electrified minivan and delivers more than 80 miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). In electric-only it has a range of more than 30 miles.  In hybrid mode, its range is more than 500 miles. Absent only the Stow’n Go second row seating (the battery goes there), the Hydrid Limited has all of the features and amenities of the gasoline version.

Get the details on the Pacifica here: https://www.chrysler.com/pacifica.html

 

2019 Chrysler Pacifica
2019 Chrysler Pacifica 2

 

2019 CUV of Texas

2020 KIA TELLURIDE

The 2020 Kia Telluride is an all-new CUV – the largest Kia ever – with comfortable seating for up to eight. The vehicle entered in the TAWA Roundup was their SX trim level (MSRP $43,490 / as tested $46,860).

It was powered by a 3.8L V6 with 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft of torque and mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with Active On-Demand All Wheel Drive. Equipped with the SX Prestige Package, features included 20-inch Black Finish Alloy Wheels, Nappa Leather seating, Dual Pane Sunroof, Second-Row Captain Chairs, LED Lighting, heated and ventilated front and second row seating, Head Up Display, Surround View Monitor and Harmon Kardon Surround Sound Audio.

Examine Kia Telluride further at: https://www.kia.com/us/en/vehicle/telluride/2020

 

2019 Kia Telluride
2019 Kia Telluride

 

Category Winners

The ‘Vehicle of Texas’ winners for the four major awards are determined by category competition scoring and selected by the media attending.

The top scoring vehicle in each category were:

 

Thanks to the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Texas Region group for setting up the handling, acceleration and braking performance courses and providing the safety marshals for this event. 

Photography by Kevin McCauley