For many, the State Fair of Texas is all about the food. That means corny dogs, at least.
Others go for the midway and carnival games, livestock show, Texas Star Ferris wheel or cotton candy.
But many go for the new-model cars and trucks. This year, approximately 400 of them are on display over three-plus weeks across 350,000 square feet of exhibit space in two buildings and an outdoor area.
The list of manufacturers participating in this year’s show runs long and deep.
But not all vehicles are created equal, according to Terry Box of The Dallas Morning News. Five vehicles really stand out among the hundreds in the show, he reported.
In particular, he shines the spotlight on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickups, 2013 Ford F-150 King Ranch and F-250 Super Duty Platinum trucks, 2013 Toyota Avalon and 2013 Nissan Pathfinder (see image above, left). One is located in the main Automobile Building (Impala), two in the Centennial Building (Avalon and Pathfinder), and two in the truck village outside the auto building (Ram and Ford pickups).
Here are excerpts of descriptions Box wrote about each:
Chevrolet Impala – “The crisp, well-proportioned new Impala reclaims some of the model’s original mainstream style with a chiseled, smoothly flowing shape and upscale interior.”
Ram Heavy Duty pickups – “Still possessing their jut-jawed, heavy-hauler exteriors, the new Rams get even more competitive with refined interiors and a load of new technology.”
Ford F-150 King Ranch and F-250 Super Duty Platinum trucks – “Both show how good Ford is at pickup design, giving its trucks polished, well-detailed exteriors and high-end interiors that somehow still look rugged.”
Toyota Avalon – “The upscale Avalon mid-size sedan is lower, sportier and far more attractive than it appears in its promotional photos. Even in white, the big mid-size sedan looks surprisingly sleek …”
Nissan Pathfinder – “All the world needs is another mid-size crossover/SUV. But the new Pathfinder combines a bunch of compelling virtues.”
To borrow a descriptive phrase, another publication refers to the car show’s eye candy for motorists.
Anyone who has ever been to the State Fair’s car show knows that description is accurate. Never more so than this year.
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By: Mark Macesich