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CCJ’s Reader Reviews is a first-of-its kind online resource featuring unbiased end-user evaluations of equipment and technologies to help fleet managers and executives make smarter buying decisions.

To compile Reader Reviews, CCJ editors ask qualified fleet operators through online surveys and interviews to evaluate certain products they already use. Reviewers rank each truck, component or technology on specific criteria from a low of 1 to a high of 5. Each criteria’s numerical score is an average of all reviewers’ criteria scores; a product’s overall ranking is an average of numerical scores.

Reviewers remain anonymous, but are identified with general information about their fleet size, freight type and geographic location.

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Powertrain
4.1 Average

Volvo I-Shift automated-manual transmission

  Volvo offers its I-Shift AMT in five distinct packages. Features vary, but the overall focus is always on fuel economy. The transmission features 12 speeds with up to four reverse gears. Its high torque rating ...
4.1 Average

Navistar MaxxForce 13 engine

The Navistar MaxxForce 13 is an inline 6-cylinder, 13-liter engine, with ratings up to 475 horsepower and 1,700 lb.-ft. of torque. Peak torque is achieved at 1,000 rpm and holds steady to 1,200 rpm for less ...
4 Average

Detroit DD13 engine

Detroit’s DD13 is an inline, 6-cylinder design with an amplified common rail fuel system. It weighs 2,540 pounds and has power ratings from 350 to 470 horsepower and torque ratings from 1,250 to 1,650 lb.-ft. Featured ...
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Technology
3.7 Average

Omnitracs hours of service

In 1988, Qualcomm, Inc., pioneered long distance, mobile communications in the transportation industry. The company deployed its first electronic logging application in 2001 as an option for what was then called the MVPc in-vehicle platform. In ...
3.6 Average

Rand McNally IntelliRoute TND

Rand McNally has long been known for selling truckers’ road atlases. In September, 2009, the company released a truck-specific GPS device called the IntelliRoute Truck Navigation Device (TND). The following year, it took an ownership ...
4.2 Average

Rand McNally fleet management system

Rand McNally has long been known among fleets and drivers for its oversized Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas and IntelliRoute truck mileage and routing software. In September 2010, the company made an investment in DriverTech to ...
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Trucks
4.6 Average

2013 Ram 1500

The 2013 Ram 1500 underwent a very minor facelift; a modestly larger grille, redesigned headlights and LED turn signals/tail lights. The truck also got a beefier base V6 engine (the 3.6-liter V6 offered 42 percent more horsepower ...
3.8 Average

Freightliner Cascadia (2010 and newer)

Freightliner's Cascadia is designed with total cost of ownership in mind. The tractor features an aerodynamic exterior shaped to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency combined with extensive use of weight-saving materials that increases payload. Featured ...
4.1 Average

Peterbilt 386 (2010 and newer)

Peterbilt's Model 386 on-highway tractor is designed to deliver outstanding aerodynamic performance and superior fuel economy. Optional equipment includes available lightweight packages, PACCAR MX-13 engines, aluminum components and rear drive train. Featured reviews: 150-truck fleet in Midwest 7-truck ...
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