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Chevrolet, Ford dominate list of new vehicles Texas buyers chose most

The Ford F-150 Raptor is one of the most popular vehicles in Texas.

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Texas is home to country roads, highways, grid-planned city streets, and plenty of space for off-roading. Lucky for Texans, there's a new vehicle for every one of those surfaces. Which were the most popular in 2019? Online vehicle search tool iSeeCars crunched the data.

Austin, TX - Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Austin buyers most frequently choose the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Chevy is also most popular in Charlotte and Greensboro-Winston Salem, North Carolina; Fresno, California; Jacksonville, Florida; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and St. Louis, Missouri.

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX - Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

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Texans love their Ford trucks. Head to a steakhouse and you'll find them parked alongside the Mercedes sedans and Suburbans. The F-150 is also the most popular used vehicle in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Houston, TX - Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150

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Like Austin, Houston has the same most popular new car and most popular used car. They're both the Ford F-150. The Ford F-150 isn't just popular in Houston. It's the most popular new vehicle in 20 of the top 50 U.S. cities.

San Antonio, TX - Ford F-150

2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

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San Antonio buyers also go for Ford. Like Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth, the truck is the best-selling new and used vehicle in San Antonio, which is the seventh-most populated city in the U.S.

The most new popular vehicle in all of Texas, according to iSeeCars research, is the Ford F-150. The same truck is the most popular used vehicle.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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The Denali Ultimate trim is new for 2023.

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The GMC Yukon has always been a luxurious family hauler with beefy capability, but it moved even more upmarket in recent years with added tech and upscale interior materials. GMC just announced an even cushier version of the SUV for the 2023 model year. The Yukon Ultimate Denali gets unique styling touches and upgrades that take the already plush SUV to another level.

2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultimate22-inch wheels are standard GMC

The Denali Ultimate gets exclusive upgrades over other trims that include 22-inch wheels and chrome accents outside. The full-size SUV just got a complete redesign for 2021, which brought updated boxy styling, and a sleek look, so there are no additional exterior changes for 2023.

GMC offers three engines in the standard Yukon, but only two make it into the Ultimate. The standard powertrain includes a 6.2-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel is also available that makes 277 horsepower and a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque. A ten-speed automatic transmission is standard for all engines, and four-wheel drive is available.

Inside, the Ultimate comes with Alpine Umber full-grain leather upholstery with 16-way power front seats and massaging. Trim-exclusive contrast stitching and aluminum trim accent the space, and the top model gets an 18-speaker Bose audio system with stainless steel speaker grilles.

2023 GMC Yukon Denali UltimateGrained leather upholstery and upscale interior finishes are standard. GMC

A 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen comes standard, and offers Google services built in. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, along with wireless phone charging. A Wi-Fi hotspot and Amazon Alexa functionality are available. GMC also offers Super Cruise hands-free driving system in the Denali Ultimate.

GMC hasn’t detailed pricing for the new SUV yet, but we expect it to start at a premium over the standard Denali, which starts at just over $70,000.

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