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Freightliner Cascadia (2010 and newer)

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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.


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20-truck general freight carrier in Southeast

3.3 Rating
Reviewer Comments It’s a very aerodynamic truck. That’s why we switched over to Cascadias completely about 5 or 6 years ago.

We run Cascadias exclusively now. It’s a good truck, but to be honest, we run them because that’s the only way we can get a Detroit engine. And we really love the fuel economy we get from those engines. But the design of the truck helps with fuel economy, too. It’s a very aerodynamic truck. That’s why we switched over to Cascadias completely about 5 or 6 years ago.

We run to the West Coast and the drivers say the trucks are really comfortable and handle great. The sleepers are nice, too.

My only complaint is all the sensors on the truck and engine. They break down too much. That’s not just a Freightliner problem, of course. But those sensors we have to have to run in California quit on us all the time. There are just too many of them on the truck if you ask me.

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  • Overall aesthetics 3
  • Suitability for your application/business 3
  • Overall vehicle reliability/durability 3
  • Overall vehicle design 3
  • Serviceability 3
  • OEM support 3
  • Dealer support 4
  • Fuel economy 4
  • Vehicle cost per mile 4
  • Acquisition cost 3
  • Resale value 3

200-truck general freight carrier in Midwest/Southeast

3.8 Rating
Reviewer Comments We spec quite a few driver conveniences, because they live in the truck. I always spec the best seat I can find because that’s where the driver spends most of his time. And Freightliner has good seating options.

All we run are Freightliners, so we’re a little biased. But we’ve had pretty good luck with them. We did test some competitive models earlier this year. And you can’t tell much having them for a couple of weeks – but I think we’ll stay with Freightliners for our next purchase.

The truck itself is great. We’ve had some powertrain issues. We run both Detroit and Cummins engines. I don’t have enough miles on the Cummins yet to have seen any of the emissions issues I’ve heard about. But, man! When those Detroits hit 400,000 miles, here they come! We’re trying to figure out how to prevent it. But for now, we’re getting hit hard with emission system problems: DPFs, pumps, lines – you name it.

Our drivers are satisfied with the truck. The cab is a big improvement over the Columbia. We don’t see all the electrical issues we used to with that cab. We spec quite a few driver conveniences, because they live in the truck. I always spec the best seat I can find because that’s where the driver spends most of his time. And Freightliner has good seating options. Really, the only complaint I get from the driver is about the refrigerator: Freightliner designs the space for the ‘fridge so that it only accepts models made for specifically for trucks. So they can’t go down to Wal-Mart and buy a cheaper model. But that’s the only complaint I hear from them.

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  • Suitability for your application/business 4
  • Overall reliability/durability 4
  • Overall engine design 3
  • Serviceability 4
  • OEM support 4
  • Dealer support 5
  • Fuel economy 3
  • Horsepower rating 4
  • Torque rating 3
  • Acquisition cost 4
  • Resale value 4

150-truck general freight carrier in Midwest

4.2 Rating
Reviewer Comments It’s a very quiet truck. Very aerodynamic. The cab is very nice – large with lots of room.

It’s a good truck. My biggest problem right now is that I can’t get any of them with a DT12 AMT! My dealer tells me it’ll be six months before I can get any delivered.

It’s a very quiet truck. Very aerodynamic. The cab is very nice – large with lots of room. We’re running the 112 BBC and I think we’re going to go larger: the taller drivers will be able to stand up in the sleepers and that 112 configuration makes it a little tough to work on the fuel system and some other components under the hood. Also, you can only get the dual bunk doors with the extended sleeper. So that’s another reason.

Dealer support is great. They have an outstanding network that’s boosted by the TA and Petro truckstops. So that’s a big help when a driver is out.

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  • Overall aesthetics 4
  • Suitability for your application/business 4
  • Overall vehicle reliability/durability 4
  • Overall vehicle design 4
  • Serviceability 4
  • OEM support 5
  • Dealer support 5
  • Fuel economy 4
  • Vehicle cost per mile 4
  • Acquisition cost 4
  • Resale value 4

*Averaged from 23 qualified fleet reviews

3.8 Average*
  • Overall aesthetics 4.2
  • Suitability for your application/business 4.4
  • Overall vehicle reliability/durability 4
  • Overall vehicle design 4
  • Serviceability 3.8
  • OEM support 3.7
  • Dealer support 3.7
  • Fuel economy 3.5
  • Vehicle cost per mile 3.7
  • Acquisition cost 3.5
  • Resale value 3.3
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