They’re as Texan as Bluebonnets, Armadillos and Willie Nelson: trucks. Texas is truck country, but that doesn’t mean that all our trucks are simply driven on country backroads. In fact, the truck industry has become as diverse as the truck owners in our lone star state, which is why the Texas Auto Show dedicates an entire area just for such vehicles. It’s a playground of sorts where fairgoers learn about trucks in a fun and adventurous atmosphere. Like any adventure, there are many paths to take and lots to see. When you find yourself in the Truck Zone, here are a few trucks that highlight all that the Texas Auto Show has to offer and are a “must-see” on your journey to finding your next truck.
Nissan Titan Midnight Edition
The Titan was named the Truck of Texas in 2016 and with a name as big as Texas, there were many reasons why the Titan turned so many heads. This year, Nissan has gone dark. Midnight dark to be exact. Nissan’s Midnight Edition trim stretches across their lineup but the Midnight Edition of the 2018 Titan and Titan XD certainly stands out as the perfect truck for fall. The dark, inky black paint job is just the beginning: 20-inch black painted aluminum-alloy wheels, a black grille, blacked out rear view mirrors & door handles, black step rails and black exterior badging are all a part of the Midnight Edition. The headlights are even designed to be dark, although it’s merely an aesthetic effect; your headlights will still shine bright at night – and during the day for that matter. Nissan also offers it’s slightly smaller Frontier with a Midnight Edition containing similar features.
Ford F250 Super Duty Limited
At this year’s Texas Auto Show, Ford introduced us to the 2018 F450 and F350 – both great trucks in their own class. However, Ford’s F250 Super Duty Limited is a must see on your journey through the Truck Zone. Not only did Ford’s F-Series Super Duty win Truck of Texas in 2017, the Limited designation cranks up the luxury a few notches to create a wholly different experience. On the inside the Limited Edition brings custom Camelback two-tone leather seats, premium-stitched leather-wrapped steering wheel, armrests and instrument panel, Miko® suede headliner, hand-finished dark ash wood trim and special badging. On the outside, a special twin-bar satin grille with chrome accents comes with the Limited edition, as does quad-beam LED lights. The F-250 is still very much a work-horse truck but now has the ability to sport some very swanky touches of sophistication for the more discerning driver.
GMC’s Sierra 3500 Denali
GMC’s Denali brand brings undeniable luxury across its entire lineup, but at the 2017 Texas Auto Show, the Sierra 3500 Denali certainly turns heads and for very good reason: it’s hoisted up by steel pillars making it hard to miss. Speaking of steel, nearly two-thirds of the Sierra cab structure is made from high strength steel creating a safe and quiet cabin. A mean looking hood scoop is still a signature style of the Sierra, but a new bold Denali chrome grille is immediately noticeable. With a maximum payload of 6,112 lbs the Sierra is ready to haul just about anything, but the super spacious cabin will make your most precious cargo – your passengers – feel like royalty. Seriously, sit in a Sierra in the Truck Zone and you’ll be amazed at the roominess. But why sit, when you can walk underneath the raised Sierra 3500 and peer at the elegant engineering that goes into creating a smooth, durable ride.
2018 Chevy Colorado Centennial Special Edition
Chevrolet is celebrating their 100 year anniversary at the Texas Auto Show and to kick off the festivities, Chevy unveiled a Centennial special edition for both the Silverado and Colorado. The Silverado is as bold of a truck as they come, but I’ve always been a fan of the Colorado’s compact size. It’s perfect for city and country driving while still offering a capable performance for any tough job. The Centennial Edition showcased at the fair is a must-see for any auto show attendee, but especially if you’re a fan of the Chevrolet brand. Chevrolet has done very cool things with design elements in the Centennial Edition of the Colorado, including a distinctive Centennial Blue paint color and exclusive heritage bowtie emblems that look fantastically modern, but classic at the same time. There is also a 100 year badge on the doors, a bedliner with the heritage bowtie emblem sprayed on and heritage bowtie emblems throughout the interior. Auto enthusiasts will be sure to appreciate this design.
2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport
Toyota has plenty of trucks and SUVs showcased in their massive exhibit in the Truck Zone, but the one truck that’s a “must-see” makes its Texas debut at the Texas Auto Show. The 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport is one of the few vehicles in the Toyota lineup to carry the Sport name and the features it touts make a very sharp looking truck. A long, low hood scoop combined with the Sport’s mesh grille give the Tundra an even more aggressive front end. A solid 381-horsepower rating from a 5.7-liter V-8 engine means the Tundra TRD Sport is ready for both work and play – although this Sport edition certainly feels like it’s leaning more towards play than work. Perhaps most exciting of all the Sport features is the new exterior colors that are available only in the TRD Sport model. Super White, Magnetic Gray, Midnight Black Pearl, Blazing Blue Pearl and Barcelona Red Metallic are the available shades. The Magnetic Gray is the one that attracted me, but experience all the colors available to find the right one for you.
2018 RAM 3500 Lone Star Crew Cab Harvest Edition
What better place to show off a farming truck than the Texas Auto Show where the spirit of agriculture is woven into the very mission of the State Fair of Texas. Ram exemplifies this celebration of agriculture through the Harvest Edition; available for the 1500, 2500 and 3500. Available in both Light and Heavy Duty models, Harvest Editions are bred for big loads and dirt roads, according to Ram, and includes black tubular side steps, Mopar® Bumper Step and Mud Flaps, On/Off Road Tires and a distinctive chrome grille. In the Ram exhibit in the Truck Zone, it’s practically impossible to miss Ram’s 3500 Lone Star Harvest Edition on display. Not only is it painted a brilliant red, but it’s actually hooked up to a trailer carrying a tractor. It’s not so hard to imagine the Ram 3500 pulling such a large piece of machinery on a Texas farm once you’ve laid eyes on this setup in the Truck Zone. Even urban farmers like myself can dream.