Highlighting Top New Cars and Features for 2013 and 2014
By Diana Claussen
The Texas Auto Writer’s Association met recently at Texas Motor Speedway to choose the top cars of Texas. More than 50 model year 2013 and 2014 vehicles were available for TAWA members to drive and review during the two-day event. By the time the event was over, a few surprising models came up on the top of their winner’s list. A few of the most notable vehicles were equipped with conveniences, comfort, and safety features sure to appeal to busy women on the go.
For example, the Family Car of Texas winner, the 2013 Ford Fusion (Fusion Titanium won the Midsize car class), offers more safety features, such as active park assist, cross-traffic alert, Blind Spot Information System, and much more interior space than earlier Fusion generations.
Another favorite was the Performance Utility class winner, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. With SRT technology this ‘ultimate’ SUV did not just provide plenty of room for families who need cargo space but also brought uber-high performance with its 470-horsepower V8 Hemi. This Grand Cherokee brings the SUV market to a whole other market – one that appreciates life in the fast lane. It also includes upgraded technology for convenience and safety such as an 8.4” inch touch-screen conveniently located for ease of use. The Grand Cherokee is also equipped with Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring and Electronic Roll Mitigation.
In the full-sized car category Chevrolet’s redesigned 2014 Impala 2LTZ features an above-average amount of airbags (10), and a standard Safety Package which, “features options such as Forward Collision Alert, Full-Speed-Range Adaptive Cruise Control, and enhanced Forward Collision Alert with Collision Mitigation Braking. The Impala 2LTZ also includes Adaptive Cruise Control which adjusts or maintains vehicle speed accordingly when set to “maintain follow distance,” per Chevrolet.com.
Lastly was the winner of the coveted Car of Texas Award which was presented to Ford Motors for their 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby. The honor not only credited the manufacturer, but was a fitting sign of respect to the late Carroll Shelby.
The complete car classes and TAWA winners are as follows:
Sub-Compact Car - 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo
Compact Car - 2013 Buick Verano Turbo
Performance Compact - 2013 Scion FR-S
Mid-Size Car - 2013 Ford Fusion Titanium
Full-Size Car - 2014 Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ
Mid-Size Luxury Car - 2013 Lexus GS 350 F SPORT
Full-Size Luxury Car - 2013 Cadillac XTS Platinum Collection AWD
Performance Coupe - 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT 392
Performance Sedan - 2013 Cadillac ATS Premium Collection
Minivan - 2013 Chrysler Town & Country Limited
Activity Vehicle - 2013 Dodge Journey Crew
Performance Utility - 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT
Supercar - 2013 SRT Viper GTS
Green Vehicle - 2013 Chevrolet Volt
Best New Feature - Ford: Hands-Free Lift Gate
Best New Interior - 2013 Chrysler 300C John Varvatos Luxury Edition
Best Value - 2013 Ford Focus ST
Family Car of Texas - 2013 Ford Fusion
Car of Texas - 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
*Photography by: James McClain