Last week I visited Seattle and had the opportunity to drive the Kenworth T880 from Kirkland, Wash to the Paccar Technical Center in Mount Vernon, Wash. This is a nice drive with some decent grades.

The T880 I drove was equipped with a new 76-inch mid-roof sleeper option that’ll be available on both the T880 and T680 as of this month. It’s a well appointed sleeper with plenty of storage on the back wall, providing you don’t require an upper bunk.

The T880 now represents about 65-70% of Kenworth’s combined T880/T800 build, so it has quickly overtaken the long-running T8 and will eventually replace it altogether. But for now both models will be offered, Kenworth officials told me, even though the T880 now has about 95% of T8 options available.

I was a big fan of the T800 and still am, but it’s hard to deny the T880 is a better overall truck in terms of drivability and comfort. I love the view out the T880 and it’s a sharp looking truck, too. In fact, a lot of customers are buying this truck and deploying it over the highway – an application better suited for the T680. Still, some OTR customers prefer the heavy-duty look of the T880 and if that’s what they want, Kenworth will give it to them.

You can read my full review of the T880 here.

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James Menzies is editorial director of Today's Trucking and He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 24 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies.

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