How much do heavy duty trucks cost in the US?

How much do heavy duty trucks cost in the US?


You must already be confused by the difference in car prices in the US compared to Brazil; some models like Camaro or Mustang, for example, are cheaper abroad and here for very few. Does this also happen with heavy ones? Well, the answer is yes, but we must consider some things first.

The first thing is that if we take US truck prices and convert them directly from dollars to reals, we will see values ​​similar to those currently used in Brazil. But it is important to consider the difference in the purchasing power of the two markets.

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According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the average salary in the United States is US$5,800 (R$30,200) per month. So if we add this average value together with the ease of financing, we see that a truck there is much easier than here in Brazil.

It is also important to consider the values ​​themselves. As in Brazil, truck prices in the US are not fixed, as they depend on the chassis, engine, box and interior configuration. By the way, in this regard, American trucks have a lot of options, so it is possible to make a low-cost “cow’s leg” truck or something more luxurious and expensive.

For the price list of trucks in the United States, we list the main models of each car manufacturer, focusing on those in the long-distance road segment, which in the United States is called Class 8 (in Brazil it will be “Heavy”). . In addition, we selected a model from each automaker.

Volvo VNL 860

The model celebrates 25 years in the American market

The Volvo VNL truck was launched in the United States in 1996 and is one of those responsible for the Swedish brand’s success in that market. Currently in its third generation, VNL is offered in 5 different versions, VNL 300, VNL 400, VNL 740, VNL 760 and finally VNL 860, the most complete and largest cabin on the market.

The VNL 860 can leave the factory in 4 × 2, 6 × 2 and 6 × 4 configurations and with 3 engine variants, namely:

  • Volvo D13 TC 13 liters (Turbo Compounding) with power from 405 to 455 horsepower
  • Volvo D13 13 liters and power from 405 to 500 horses
  • Cummins X15 15 liters and power from 400 to 565 horses

Regarding shipping, VNL has the following options:

  • Volvo I-Shift, I-Shift for Heavy Duty and I-Shift with Crawler Gears
  • Eaton Fuller 10, 13 and 18
  • Allison 6-speed automatic

The asking price for the 2023/2024 VNL 860 in our search was US$ 234,000 (R$ 1.19 million). Of course, this value can increase with the number of options and other configurations.

Kenworth T680 NextGen

kenworth t680 nextgen
T680 NextGEN is more economical and technological

One of the automakers that make up the PACCAR group, Kenworth presented its new generation of its first model in early 2021, the T680 NextGen, which focused on fuel economy and safety, as the model has several features. Finally, the Kenworth also got an optional digital panel and rearview camera mirrors, as well as a version with blind-only cameras.

The Kenworth T680 is offered in 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 versions and can be equipped with:

  • PACCAR MX-13 13 liters and power from 405 to 510 horses
  • PACCAR MX-11 11 liters ranging from 335 to 455 horses
  • Cummins X15 15 liters and power from 400 to 565 horses

The price we got for the T680 NextGen was US$ 230 thousand (R$ 1.17 million), the model with the Cummins X15 engine

Peterbilt 579

Peterbilt 579
Similar to the T680 in “you can copy, but it’s not the same” style.

Also presented in 2021, the Peterbilt 579 offers what the Kenworth T680 offers, as Peterbilt is also a PACCAR group, so both are very similar. As a difference, the automaker has an Ultraloft version, which has a better use of the interior of the cabin space, as well as equipment to facilitate the truck driver day to day, and this, the Ultraloft becomes a premium version of the 579. .

The Peterbilt 579 is offered in 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 versions and has the following engine options:

  • PACCAR MX-13 13 liters and power from 405 to 510 horses
  • PACCAR MX-11 11 liters ranging from 335 to 455 horses
  • Cummins X15 15 liters and power from 400 to 565 horses

The price we got for the 579 was US $ 219 thousand (R $ 1.11 million), the model with the Cummins X15 engine

Freightliner Cascadia

cargo ship cascadia
The best selling weight has a good price

Freightliner, a trucking company that developed its own trucks, has been part of the Daimler Trucks group since the 1980s and today leads the market with its heavy-duty Cascadia. Introduced in 2017, the current version underwent major changes in 2020, gaining aerodynamics and safety features.

The Freightliner Cascadia is offered in 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 versions and has the following engine options:

  • Detroit DD13 GEN5 13 liters with power from 370 to 525 horses
  • Detroit DD15 GEN5 15 liters with power from 425 to 505 horses
  • Cummins X15 15 liters and power from 400 to 565 horses

Cascadia is sold for 215 thousand US dollars (R$ 1.096 million), a model with a Detroit DD15 GEN5 505 horsepower engine.

Mack’s song

Mack's song
Firmly, Anthem is trying to win its place in the American market

That old man american bulldog, as they are known, Mack trucks are manufactured by the automaker that belongs to the Volvo Group. In 2018, Mack debuted a new heavy hit on the market called Anthem.

With the solid design of all Mack, the Anthem manages to combine modern and contemporary lines at the same time and yet to please the market, a black color version was already available at the time of its launch.

The Mack Track is offered in 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 versions and has the following engine options:

  • 11 liter Mack MP7 with power from 325 to 425 horses
  • 13 liter Mack MP8 with power from 415 to 505 horsepower
  • 13 liter Mack MP8HE with capacity from 415 to 445 horses

The price we found for the Track was 190,000 US Dollars (R$ 969.2 thousand), a model with a 505 horsepower Mack MP8 engine.

International LT625

international lt
The model can now receive a Scania engine, called the S13

One of the brands that is in the heart of many Brazilians, since International had 2 articles (of confusion) in our market, the LT625 marks a new “era” if we can say so, since with the completion of the purchase of Navistar and Traton group , International now has more technology with a choice of engines from Scania, called S13.

The International LT is offered in 4×2, 6×2 and 6×4 versions and has the following engine options:

  • International S13 13 liters and power from 370 to 515 horses
  • International A26 13 liters and power from 365 to 515 horses
  • Cummins X15 15 liters with power from 400 to 605 horses

The International LT costs US$ 200,000 (R$ 1.020 million).

A truck in the US has the same price as ours

As we can see, the American market does the same values, but all the above values ​​are for the basic configuration that we have found, and as mentioned before, it is possible to configure a luxury truck with all the resources, be it inside. aerodynamics or in safety, which of course has its additional value.

Furthermore, if we change the values, we see that they are very close to the values ​​of the trucks here in Brazil, but does that mean that our trucks are cheaper? No, with American models having more interior space, we must remember that it is easier to buy a truck there than here, whether due to the average salary or even financing, as well as offering better freight rates there.

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