2017 Ford Super Duty is the TAWA’s “Truck of Texas”

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Super Duty Earns 13th Truck of Texas Award

How can you sum up the 2017 Ford Super Duty? The Blue Oval uses words such as “toughest” and “most capable” and “smartest” ever.

After the new Super Duty’s big win at the Texas Auto Writers Association’s 2016 Texas Truck Rodeo, Ford can start using these: “Truck of Texas.”

Crossover, SUV, and truck manufacturers recently brought their vehicles down to the sprawling and postcard-pretty Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas for the two-day event. More than 70 journalists from all over the country showed up to take the automakers’ 70+ entries on the highways surrounding the ranch and up and down the various trails carved through it. They decided which automakers walked away with awards in 16 competitive vehicle categories, as well as the biggest prize of all: the Truck of Texas trophy.

Ram flew in an army of representatives to show off the abilities of its 1500 Rebel, 2500 Longhorn, and Power Wagon. GMC wanted the writers present to know about what its Denali-trimmed Canyon and Sierra pickups could do. Nissan brought the 2015 Truck of Texas, the Titan XD, and its true half-ton cousin, the Titan. Toyota had its TRD Pro 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra portfolio available for drives. Even Honda was there with its 2017 Ridgeline.

2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty King Ranch Crew Cab 4x4

The Ford crew came down from Michigan with a pair of 2017 F-150s (Lariat and King Ranch) and four 2017 Super Dutys, ranging from the F-250 Lariat to the F-350 Platinum. There were three trails to pick from, 1 being the easiest and 3 being the toughest. I jumped into a diesel F-250 King Ranch FX4. Before pointing its two-bar grille toward the entrance to the most challenging path available, I took it down a winding back road for a few miles. When I tested the new Super Duty in Colorado earlier this year, I didn’t feel the re-tuned Power Stroke’s 925 lb-ft of torque as much as I thought I would.

In the Texas Hill Country, I did. Steep stretches of road didn’t phase its acceleration.

One thing I didn’t feel was a lot of commotion from under my seat. The hydraulic cab mounts and the suspension’s tuning did what they were supposed to and more than I thought they could in a huge off-road pickup.

That’s right where I took the F-250 once I returned to the ranch. I picked the most difficult of the three ways around the property laid out for me and my fellow writers. Over rocks, through mud ruts, across whoops, up grades, the Super Duty went everywhere I needed it to. Its low hood made seeing obstacles ahead easy.

The Super Duty’s square-jawed good looks, ample output, long list of available technologies, and other great qualities must have made it easy for TAWA’s members to see it as the 2016 Truck of Texas, the top heavy-duty pickup, and part of the Truck Line of Texas. The 2017 F-150’s more powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6/10-speed auto combo was also named the best powertrain of the event.

Super Duty Earns 13th Truck of Texas Award

Back in 1978, decades before the arrival of the first Super Duty in 1999, a man named Doug Scott began working for Ford. He’s currently the manager of marketing for its truck line. Later this year, he’ll be retiring after a long time of being a major component in the success machine/money mint that is Ford pickups. He picked a great year to do it – and a great way to end his career. On top.

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via [Texas Auto Writers Association]

photo credit [Ford]

Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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