Every year the Texas Auto Writers Association puts on what they call the Texas Truck Rodeo. Trucks are important to the culture of Texas, with its rich history of ranching and other vocations that require good, strong trucks. The event is a way to celebrate that culture by allowing the experts, i.e. the writers, the opportunity to choose the best trucks around.
Over two days, the participating trucks for that year are put through rigorous tests. The trucks have to endure both on-road and off-road challenges. When the dust cleared the 2015 Truck of Texas award went to the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.
There are so many innovative and superb features on the new Titan XD that it’s hard to know which ones helped it to win. Certainly, the XD’s Cummins® 5.0-liter V8 Turbo Diesel played a strategic role.
The 2015 Truck of Texas award wasn’t the only award that the 2016 Nissan Titan XD picked up. The full-size truck from Nissan also won the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas, and Best Powertrain awards.
Remember when you first got your drivers license? You knew the power that driving gave you. It was a feeling of freedom, the thrill of knowing that so many adventures were now in your hands. Have you lost that? Here are five ways to make driving fun again!
# 1 – Podcasts. A fascinating or funny podcast can turn any mundane drive into a fun outing. The trick is to find podcasts that interest you? Are you a history buff? Do you like murder mysteries? You can find lots of cool podcasts here.
# 2 – Hypermiling. According to the very man who coined the term, hypermilers are people who strive to “to exceed their vehicle’s EPA fuel economy rating.” Prove those EPA dudes wrong by leaving the air-conditioner off, performing easy and gentle acceleration and braking, avoiding idling and driving slow. Get other tips here!
# 3 – Explore New Music. We spend a lot of time in our vehicles. With the advent of great music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music, coupled with smartphone integration like you find with NissanConnect, exploring new music has never been easier!
# 4 – Hit The Road. Nothing can make you feel young again and make driving enjoyable like taking a road trip. It doesn’t have to be halfway across the country either! Just make sure the scenery is nice and the destination is worth the drive.
# 5 – Drive A Cool Car. Like the Nissan Versa Note, for instance.