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author photo by Russ Heaps October 2016

After two days of intense on- and off-road driving, members of the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) voted the full-size 2017 Nissan Armada the SUV of Texas. It was all part of this year's Texas Truck Rodeo, an annual event choosing the Truck of Texas.

Roughly 70 TAWA members drove and compared more than 65 pickups, crossovers and SUVs in the two-day event held at the Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, in the hills just west of Austin. Supported by scores of manufacturer product experts, engineers and marketing and public relations professionals, the vehicles on hand exceeded more than $4 million in value.

One street route outside the ranch and three progressively more difficult off-road routes within the ranch provided the stage for driving and evaluating the vehicles under varying conditions. TAWA picked winners in about 20 categories, such as Off-Road Utility Vehicle, Luxury CUV and best Midsize Pickup.

Not only did the 2017 Nissan Armada garner the SUV of Texas award, but Nissan's 2017 Titan Texas Edition received the nod as the top Full-size Pickup; while the all-new 2017 Titan Single Cab won top honors as Best Commercial Vehicle. Winning the Midsize CUV category, the 2016 Murano added to Nissan's trophy count.

Hauling home the most honors from this year's event, Nissan built on its win as the 2015 Truck of Texas with its 2015 Titan XD at last year's Texas Truck Rodeo. That honor went to the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup for 2016.

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