The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has revealed what its august membership believes are the best trucks of 2017 and the Volvo XC60 was voted the year’s best SUV.

“Volvo is very proud to get this incredible recognition for the all-new XC60 from TAWA,” said Anders Gustafsson, President and CEO, Volvo Car USA. “The XC60 brings all of the award-winning technology from the XC90 to an even more popular market segment.”

On top of winning SUV of the year title, the XC60 also won TAWA awards for Best Connectivity and Best Powertrain.

“There should be little doubt that Volvo's XC60 has set the bar in the segment and deserves a spot on buyer's shortlist,” said Nic Phillips, president of TAWA.

With both a 316 hp turbo-and-supercharged engine and the 400 hp twin-engine hybrid drivetrain on offer, Volvo was always sure to impress because it was the only car in its segment that offered a plug-in hybrid.

“Following the multiple accolades bestowed upon the full-size XC90 over the past two Texas Truck Rodeos, our journalists have been equally, if not more so impressed by Volvo's all-new mid-size XC60,” said Phillips. “The balance of performance and efficiency in the T8's Twin Engine plug-in hybrid powertrain, and for the third time Volvo's Sensus Connect, factored into the total package the XC60 embodies as the 2018 SUV of Texas.”

More than 70 journalists were on hand to evaluate more than 60 vehicles at the Texas Truck Rodeo, where the Volvo XC60 won its title.