Test Drive

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July 23, 2015

Quick Spin: Kenworth's Icon 900

Kenworth’s bold and unapologetic limited-edition “large car” doesn’t disappoint.

June 24, 2015

QuickSpin: Freightliner 122SD 8x8 Extreme Heavy-Haul

Freightliner can build its 122SD heavy-haul vocational chassis into any number of extreme configurations, but this oil-field hauler is one to be reckoned with. This truck lives for roads that would break your average highway hauler in half.

June 22, 2015

Test Drive: Volvo's VHD Tractor for On- or Off-Road

Volvo Heavy Duty model has its own styling and extra-strong specs, but retains most of the comfort of better-known VN road tractors.

June 3, 2015

Focus On... Kenworth ICON 900 [Video]

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the W900 model, Kenworth has done up a special edition called the Icon 900. Equipment Editor Jim Park got a ride in the Icon 900 at an editor ride-and-drive event help in Chillicothe, Ohio, the home of one of Kenworth's manufacturing facilities.

May 28, 2015

Quick Spin: TRW's Smart Power Steering

TRW’s new ReAX electric/hydraulic power steering senses vehicle speed and proportionately assists the steering effort, which is great in tight spots.

May 28, 2015

The Challenge of Standardizing Aerodynamic Testing

Aero device manufacturers now have a choice of test methods to prove the effectiveness of their devices. Are consumers any better off?

May 12, 2015

Fleet Technology Expo Brings Back Largest Green Ride & Drive

This year’s Fleet Technology Expo is bringing back Green Fleet Conference’s Green Ride and Drive Event, offering attendees the chance to get behind the wheel of green vehicles from major manufacturers.

March 18, 2015

Test Drive: Western Star 4900SB

The tough, burly tractor and its 600-hp diesel work hard to pull a heavy “train” trailer in frozen conditions.

March 17, 2015

The Slippery Slope of Aerodynamic Testing

Is SmartWay verification enough to calculate the return on investing in add-on aerodynamic devices?

March 9, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Brain and Brawn

The MP8 engine provides the brawn while the engine and transmission controllers manage the power with an eye to fuel efficiency. Check out the video to see how Mack's two power profiles to give fleets the best of both worlds: performance or economy. Check out Part 1 here.  

March 5, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Small Block, Big Load

Mack's 13-liter MP8 engine may be small in stature, but it's big on performance. It delivers 505 horsepower and 1,860 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to pull 138,000 lbs through the mountains on B.C.'s Vancouver Island. 

February 23, 2015

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

A new powertrain, enhanced aerodynamics and light-weighting make the T680 Advantage the most fuel-efficient Kenworth ever.

February 9, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: 5700XE Desert Road Test

In the final installment of this Ultimate Test Drive video Equipment Editor Jim Park takes the new Western Star 5700XE to the Nevada desert to put the truck through its paces on tough roads and steep grades.  Part 1, Part 2Part 3

February 3, 2015

Ultimate Test Drive Video: Western Star 5700XE Tech

In this installment of the Ultimate Test Drive, we look at some of the high tech features of the Western Star 5700XE including new engine, body and safety enhancements. 

Part 1  Part 2

February 2, 2015

Test Drive: Kenworth T680 Advantage

Kenworth claims the T680 Advantage is the most aerodynamic truck it has ever produced, boasting a 5% improvement over the standard T680. Here are a few photos we shot during a test drive of the Kenworth T680 Advantage. Photos by Jim Park. 

January 27, 2015

Why Kenworth’s T880 Won the ATD Truck of the Year

Senior Editor Tom Berg explains how he and the other judges picked Kenworth's T880 vocational truck as the ATD's 2015 Commercial Truck of the Year.

January 12, 2015

Test Drive: Sprinter 4x4s Traverse Rough Terrain

Most customers won't need a full-size van with this kind of off road capability, but for those who do, the Sprinter proves it can handle rough terrain.

December 22, 2014

Up Close With Ram's New ProMaster City Van

Ford showed off the new ProMaster City compact van last week. It’s a neat truck that drives like a comfortable and roomy auto-based minivan, but it's based on a Fiat commercial van.

December 19, 2014

Test Drive: Caterpillar’s New CT681

Business-like in appearance and set up for bridge-formula states, the latest Cat Truck will suit dump, mixer and snowplow applications.

November 14, 2014

Test Drive: Western Star 5700XE

Western Star’s 5700XE might just be everything to everyone. It’s a big classic-styled truck with second-to-one aerodynamics.

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