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.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies