Lexus and Chrysler Receive Top Texas Awards including Car of Texas

Lexus and Chrysler won the top two awards at the 2018 Texas Auto Roundup on April 16-17 at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas. 49 members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) evaluated 46 vehicles during the two day event and judged each vehicles on interior/exterior design, performance, appeal, and value.  After many laps on the course, the 2018 Lexus LC 500 was crowned the overall Car of Texas. In addition, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica took home the event’s other top award, the Family Car of Texas.

2018 Lexus LC 500

2018 Chrysler Pacifica

“Our journalists had a clear decision after driving vehicles at a new venue this year,” said Michael Marrs, TAWA’s president. “They thought the new Lexus LC stood out among the competitors for its eye-catching looks and refined but muscular performance on the track.”

From morning until afternoon, TAWA members took each vehicle on a series of exercises on the 2.5-mile racetrack, pushing performance cars and taking other vehicles on slalom, acceleration and braking tests. They also learned about the new vehicles’ features and changes from manufacturer representatives.  Each vehicle was placed in a specific category and judged against similar vehicles.  Top winners and runner-ups were then selected from each of these categories.

ACTIVITY VEHICLE Winner: 2018 Infiniti QX80; Runner-Up: 2018 Jeep Wrangler

COMPACT CAR Winner: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback; Runner-Up: 2018 Volkswagen Golf R

MID-SIZE CAR Winner: 2018 Toyota Camry; Runner-Up: 2018 Volkswagen Passat

FULL-SIZE CAR Winner: 2019 Toyota Avalon; Runner-Up: 2018 Honda Accord

FULL-SIZE LUXURY CAR Winner: 2018 Lexus LS 500; Runner-Up: 2019 Infiniti QX50

GREEN VEHICLE Winner: 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid; Runner-Up: 2018 Honda Clarity

PERFORMANCE COMPACT Winner: 2018 Honda Civic Type R; Runner-Up: 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata

PERFORMANCE COUPE Winner: 2018 Lexus LC 500; Runner-Up: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

PERFORMANCE SEDAN Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio; Runner-Up: 2018 Kia Stinger

PERFORMANCE UTILITY Winner: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio; Runner-Up: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT

SUPERCAR Winner: 2018 Mercedes-Benz GT R; Runner-Up: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

BEST TECHNOLOGY Winner: World’s First Production-Ready Variable Compression Ratio Engine, 2019 Infiniti QX50

BEST NEW INTERIOR Winner: 2019 Toyota Avalon Touring

Be on the look out for some of these winning vehicles to make their way to the Texas Auto Show floor when the 2018 State Fair of Texas opens.

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