Presentation of Truck Rodeo Awards (left to right) Scott Tilley TAWA, Erica Mueller TAWA, Greg Brungardt Gulf States Toyota and Tim Spell TAWA
Toyota took home four awards at the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) annual Texas Truck Rodeo. The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road won top honors as the Compact SUV of Texas, and the 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro was named the Full-Size SUV of Texas.
In the best features competition, Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) was named Best Safety Feature, and Toyota’s Panoramic View & Multi Terrain Monitor was recognized as the Best Driver Assist Feature.
This year, Toyota commemorates the 40th anniversary of Toyota Racing Development (TRD), celebrating decades of perfecting vehicle engineering and capabilities both on and off the road.
The 2020 Sequoia TRD Pro and the 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road are the newest members to the TRD family that includes incredible off-road capability, comfort, style and safety for designated models.
“The TRD vision is something we continue to foster and evolve to help meet the wants and needs of our customers, and these latest offerings are everything they could ask for and more,” said Toyota Vehicle Marketing and Communications General Manager Joe Moses. “TAWA’s recognition of our 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road and Sequoia TRD Pro further cements our position as a trusted leader in the capability and performance landscape, and it brings a great deal of pride to be able to accept these awards as fellow Texans.”
Full-Size SUV of Texas
The 2020 Toyota Sequoia TRD Pro features TRD-tuned Fox shock absorbers, plus an array of proven off-road equipment specially designed or selected by TRD engineers. With its robust body-on-frame construction, four-wheel independent suspension, generous ground clearance and powerful V8 engine, the Sequoia is already one of the most capable full-size SUVs on the market.
The TRD Pro version comes standard with Multi-Mode 4WD, which is optional in other Sequoia grades offering room for the whole family and an affinity for thrills.
Read more about the 2020 Sequoia here: https://www.toyota.com/sequoia/
Compact SUV of Texas
The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Road features suspension, wheels and tires engineered specifically for rugged trail driving. Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Driveline Disconnect is standard and supported by a full complement of off-road handling technologies.
The RAV4 TRD Off-Road has high-rise roof rails, large over-fenders, an aggressive bumper and grille designs and fog lights, and it is rated to tow a trailer up to 3,500 pounds to inspire more off-road adventure.
Read more about the 2020 RAV4 here: https://www.toyota.com/rav4/
Best Safety Feature
TSS (Toyota Safety Sense) was named the Best Safety Feature, offering innovative features are designed to help protect drivers and passengers from harm including Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Sway Warning System, Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beams and more. The TSS bundle of active safety features are included on many new Toyota vehicles at no additional cost.
Best Driver Assist System
Toyota’s Panoramic View (PVM) & Multi Terrain Monitor (MTM) was recognized as the Best Driver Assist Feature which helps drivers see all the way around the vehicle (PVM) and – when off-roading – see underneath the vehicle (MTM).
TAWA and Truck Rodeo
This year’s Texas Truck Rodeo brought together near 60 journalists to test drive trucks, SUVs and CUV’s in 14 different categories at Star Hill Ranch in Bee Cave, Texas. Vehicles from the world’s top manufacturers were evaluated on their performance, value and design during the two-day competition.
The Truck Rodeo was held at Star Hill Ranch near Austin in October. Awards were announced and presented November 20 at the opening gala event of the San Antonio Auto and Truck Show.
TAWA is a Texas-based nonprofit association for automotive journalists promoting professionalism and quality in journalism for more than two decades. TAWA has grown to become one of the most influential and recognized automotive journalist associates in the U.S. The group produces two annual events – Texas Auto Roundup and Texas Truck Rodeo – that allow members to experience vehicles from various manufacturers in one place, at one time.
A complete list of all of the TAWA 2019 Truck Rodeo winners can be found at: https://www.texasautowriters.org/news