2021 Texas Vehicle of the Year Awards Announced

HOUSTON– October 14, 2021 - Texas Motor Press Association held its annual Texas Off-Road Invitational from October 11-13, 2021. The invite-only event consists of press vehicles from manufacturers and automotive media professionals from all over the United States.

"With 3 inches of rain just before the start of our event, there was plenty of mud, freshly compacted sand, deep ruts, and slippery rock to contend with at this 700+ acre ranch.  Conditions were perfect at this year's event," said Bryan Grant, President of Texas Motor Press Association.

The winners for the annual Texas Motor Press Association’s Texas Vehicle of the Year Awards were announced October 13th at General Sam's Off-Road Park. The winners are:

  • Ram 1500 TRX - Texas Truck of the Year
  • Jeep Gladiator - Off-Road Truck of the Year
  • Ram 1500 TRX - High-Performance Truck of the Year
  • Nissan Frontier - Mid-Size Truck of the Year
  • Nissan Pathfinder - Mid-Size SUV of the Year
  • Hyundai Tucson - Compact SUV of the Year
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee L - Full-Size SUV of the Year
  • Rolls-Royce Cullinan - Luxury SUV of the Year
  • Jeep Wrangler 392 - High-Performance SUV of the Year
  • Mazda CX30 - Compact CUV of the Year
  • Hyundai Santa Cruz - Sport Activity Vehicle of the Year

"The range of vehicles present and the challenging conditions at the ranch were no problem for Ram 1500 TRX. The multiple drive modes, massive horsepower, and lofty ground clearance made a complete mess of the ranch with ease. It was so much fun to witness this truck conquer the trails while other drivers were having fun with the TRX. We all took notice of the wild animal roar of the exhaust note off in the distance," said Bryan Grant.

TxMPA President Bryan Grant also states:

"It's hard to fathom what it's like to off-road in a Rolls-Royce, but when you consider their heritage, cars existed before many of today's roads, so it makes sense. The most surreal experience, however, is off-roading with all-wheel steering, and that was very apparent in how it appears to pivot in the mud."

"A particular noteworthy entry this year is the Jeep Wrangler 392. It's very easy to fall in love with this Wrangler from the moment you fire up the Hemi V8. The freedom top made it super easy to decide if the day was going to be enjoyed with the roof open or closed."

"Nissan knows how to make trucks, and this new Frontier has a modern edge in terms of comfort and ergonomics. The Pathfinder is Nissan's best effort yet of any SUV they've made, and it shows."

"Hyundai Santa Cruz provides the comfort of a CUV with the utility of a truck in a very attractive style. It is certainly ahead of its time and I look forward to seeing these on the road and trails."

"The new Jeep Grand Cherokee L certainly feels grand. The interior materials, McIntosh stereo, and features are on track to impress the fanboys of other brands - and will likely win Jeep a big audience of buyers."

Representatives from the Texas Motor Press Association are available for interviews upon request.


About Texas Motor Press Association

Texas Motor Press Association (TxMPA) is a registered 501(c)3 organization that is focused on bringing together automotive industry professionals to create informed content highlighting various facets of the industry in ways that register with a Texas-based audience and beyond.

The membership is made up of automotive industry journalists that cover cars, trucks, SUVs, ATVs, and UTVs in a variety of media as well as professionals that represent corporate interests in the automotive community. TxMPA members represent the best of the Texas automotive industry. Media members have engaged, interested, enthusiastic, and influential audiences that span the media landscape. The membership is as diverse in coverage and membership as the state itself.