The Savvy 7

They’re the best in class – Class 8, that is. Here is each major truck maker’s righ with the style, features and performance most likely to please demanding owner-operators.

You’re an educated consumer. A demanding one. Your ride must be functional, pleasing to the eye and capable of sustaining the radical work ethic and lifestyle required to survive a harsh marketplace. Truck makers, who spend untold gobs of time and money creating and updating their models, pay particular attention to wooing the owner-operator. If your current rig is less than ideal, read on and find your dream machine.

Freightliner Coronado
Coronado styling meshes two extremes: the beefed-up look of the Classic XL tempered by old-fashioned grace.

International 9900ix
International’s 9900ix is a classically styled long hood that boasts of being aerodynamic as well.

Kenworth W900L
The W900L technically doesn’t have the biggest hood in the industry, but it looks like it does.

Mack Vision
While some may remember the Mack Superliner as an owner-operator vehicle, the Vision fits that description in an updated way.

Peterbilt 379
Some trucks never go out of style. The 379 arguably tops the list, making it a leader in resale.

Volvo VN780
In replacing the VN770 with the VN780 last year, Volvo restyled the exterior to provide a more masculine, aggressive stance without sacrificing the brand’s cutting-edge aerodynamics.

Western Star Low Max
The tough truck image of Western Star continues in this sleek newcomer.

*Listed prices are samples that vary by dealership. Specs reflect a typical owner-operator truck but are not necessarily comparable among models.