First Drive: International MXT

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During the Chicago Auto Show last week, Mike Hanley and I were lucky enough to get to test-drive the new International MXT. This uber-truck is going into production as we blog this post today, and will start at $89,500 for the basic 4x4 pickup and upward of $130,000 for the luxury-appointed Limited model out later this year.

We drove the truck around the back of McCormick Place and up through the back streets that connect Soldier Field, the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. These are pretty small streets, and I thought the MXT would hog both lanes, preventing anyone from passing us. To my surprise, though, the large truck hugged the yellow lines well, and it was easy for me to see the corners, at least up front. For someone who hasn’t driven anything larger than the average Silverado or Suburban, this was a new experience. I kept looking for a handle to blow an air horn.

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The side mirrors were huge and gave good rearward views, but blocked the view directly to the sides. A rear-mounted camera also aided in backing up.

The hardest thing about driving the MXT was the hydraulic brake setup. Saying the brakes were a bit grabby is an understatement, but after a few stops I had figured out the gentle coaxing needed to bring the sucker to a halt. Mike didn’t have as easy a time with the brakes, extracting a few more lurching stops out of the ride than I did. Neither one of us had a hard time accelerating, though. The right pedal’s feel was much more carlike and easy to adjust to.

Engine noise was extreme up front, so much so that I couldn’t hear much of anything from the backseat. We were told there was an entire section of baffling not in this early test model. Yep, that would do it. Besides being a bit more nimble and easier to navigate than I first thought, the MXT drove exactly how I thought it would -- like a really big truck.

Now, don’t think the MXT is for the everyday truck or SUV buyer; you better have a commercial purpose for this thing. It shares the same International V-8 diesel that Ford uses in its heavy-­duty F-Series trucks. Maximum towing is rated at roughly 17,000 pounds, with a payload capacity of 4,400 pounds.

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The interior was comfortable everywhere but the driver’s seat, which seemed too high and close to the steering wheel for my thighs. In back, the bench fit three grown men without a leg touching. Now that’s manly.

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At the International booth inside McCormick Place, an MXT painted in a Chicago Bears scheme was a huge draw, despite the team’s Super Bowl loss. I think you better have a business that will paint its logo on the side of this thing to make it a viable purchase, because finding a parking space for this bad boy at the grocery store might not be so easy. Still, it could be the ultimate vehicle for a Costco or Home Depot run. No matter where you park it or drive it, you’ll turn heads. Everyone we passed turned their head to look, even if it was only because the MXT blocked all else from their line of sight.

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By David Thomas | February 13, 2007 | Comments (57)
Tags: Car Reviews

Comments 

KJ

This could be the ultimate vehicle for the totally obese driver. Plenty of "fat room", places in the cab to store food, and heck even room in the back for the obese family and dog. Can't wait for next year's model when the optional third-row seat will be provided for the obese mother-in-law.

Who would be stupid enough to buy this worthless truck at such a high price....no way

It's for commercial purposes really but they can drive on the highway or regular streets easily.

I've seen a few of the more expensive CXT's around and almost all have intricate company graphics on the side promoting a body shop or some such. Think of any company that needs to tow a promotional trailer, boat etc.

or like the Bears truck: think of a bar that can promote itself at a tailgate or radio station etc etc.

wade

God save us from the soccer moms who thought the Excursion was a bit small. Can you imagine a cell phone in one ear, 4 kids in the back with the DVD blaring trying to cross 4 lanes of traffic to get to the StarDonaldking's?!

sum dude

I really dont see the need for anybody to need such giant gas or diesel burners (unless you have a business or farm that requires it). Any way this truck has a much better quality interior then most other cars and trucks ive seen.

M3

A former boss of mine owns a Ford F-650 crewcab pickup conversion, his lifetime dream rig. Hardly ever drives it because of the size and horrid fuel economy. I know it's completely ridiculous to own one, but it's still so cool to look at. This International looks much better, with better integration of the truck bed. F-650 conversions use an F-350 bed which sits WAY too high. If I was a rap star or sports celebrity I'd own an International just to show up all the Hummers and 'Slades.

Paul

A Ford/Navistar diesel thats available in Ford Super Duty pickups,a bed thats straight off Ford Super Duty pickups,with a cab that looks straight off a HUMMER...
Who would need this overpriced truck when similar performance is available in a 350/450 Super Duty Ford for a lot less cost?
Those who have certain "shortcomings"...thats who...

Troy

"If they build it, they will come"... someone will buy this just because it's available.

OK - so, from the above posts, I am thinking this won't be a popular post.

I actually just took delivery of a black 2008 MXT on Thursday of last week. I own an offshore speedboat, and have been towing it around with an h2, and wanted something with a little more cajones, and that would look quite a bit different in front of my boat.

Well, this certainly accomplished that. I have owned several exotic vehicles over the years, ranging from Porsche's, to Benz, BMW, H2's and H1's - this vehicle, by far, causes more reaction than anything else I've ever owned.

The funny thing is, women (including my wife) hate it - it's just too big and she'll never drive it (which is fine by me)...When you drive by a woman, they get this real confused look on their face - but guys seem to lose their mind with this thing. I was leaving the gym yesterday, and a guy ran out of the gym when he saw me get into it and said "I think I am in love" - referring to the truck obviously...

With, every parking lot I've parked in, there is a crowd of people greeting me and taking pictures. I had some people taking pictures with their camera phones while I was driving the NYS thruway on the way home from picking it up.

International Truck classified this correctly when the called it an "image" truck - you have no chance of being stealth with this vehnicle - everyone will know where you are when driving this.

So, it looks really tough from the outside - I had the windows tinted so the all black look is really impressive.

I am ordering a Tanneau cover for it as well.

The inside is EXTREMELY roomy. More so than any other full size truck I've had. My 8 and 9 year old kids can stand up and walk around in the back seat (there is a ton of reoom between the back seat and the front seat.

It came with a solid entertainment system which included DVD system for the rear passengers, and wireless game controller with built in games....kids are really digging it.

It also came with a very nice touch screen 8 CD changer, GPS system that folds out to place the DVD and CD's behind it.

It also came with an automatic backup camera which automatically turns on in the enteratinment screen in the cockpit when the truck is put in reverse.

It is definitely a rougher ride than the H2. I was comfortable driving the h2 on a daily basis, this is not the vehicle for that - it is an occassion vehicle (either making a statement when you arrive, or functional like taking my boat to the next poker run).

It is also a noiser ride than the H2.

I don't see many soccer moms driving this truck as referenced in some of these other posts - it's just too big for woman to want to deal with....the whole waiting to start the motor while the systems check themselves and glow plugs light - as well as having to release the parking brake everytime you take it out of park and trying to find parking spaces close to the grocery store will be a deterrent.

This is for people that want something a little different and have other vehnicles to drive when they don't want to make a statement or need the mass and torque this thing provides.

For my purposes, this will more than suit my needs -and it'll be pretty fun while it does suit those needs.

Darrin,
Thanks for the review!

Jeff

well, the Limited looks more like a pickup, the grill isn't quite as pronounced. Although the price I feel is about $30,000.00 to high. it's still a cool truck and I will stare if I see one on the road. Don't see a lot more purpose than a real truck though, much like a hummer. Bring the price down and there may be a market.

The Limited does have 2 Playstaion 3's and 2 10" monitors in the back of the seats, a 15" flip down monitor, a navigation system, back up camera, and separate touch screen for the radio.
And if you don't believe me you can go to the International website and click on MXT, then MXT limited, and then explore this truck. And read and enjoy. The website is www.internationaltrucks.com, and click on Trucks.

Derek Konosky

Hey Everyone. Darrin, thanks for the Great Review. I'm just curious if anyone has taken any of these MXT's offroad, and how they perform there, especially with the stock 40''s. Looking forward to picking up mine soon.

Derek Konosky

Hey Everyone. Darrin, thanks for the Great Review. I'm just curious if anyone has taken any of these MXT's offroad, and how they perform there, especially with the stock 40''s. Looking forward to picking up mine soon.

Mike

Outstanding truck.... Will definitely try and buy one to pull my Boat and Jet Skis with... I'll bet it pulls up the loading ramp just fine... I might even get a sponser and put some graphics on it to offset the cost....

julie k peterson

Hi all! I just stumbled across the ad for this truck on the internet. I didn't even know it existed! I'm a Mom, but I'm also a tomboy at heart. This thing is awesome! I have a diesel mechanic background and also have driven commercial trucks for a living. I would love to pull up to Safeway in this. Think of all the groceries you could bring home, lol! Plus, all of the towing abilities! How great for a big horse trailer, rv or boat. I've always been a bit old fashioned, I like the 1970's pick-ups, but I would also like to find out how these things are off-road. I don't know how many people would be willing to spend 90K on something that might get a bit of mud on the tires? If I had the money, I'd go get one right now! I'm gonna go buy a lotto ticket!

Phyllis

I had the opportunity to drive the MXT for the weekend. It is awesome and it will fit into a parking space. I am a lady, I have horses and I like trucks. Heads certainly do turn when a little blonde is driving this vehicle, sometimes it's fun to be looked at. Disadvantage is, you must be very careful driving the MXT... because of the size.

Dustin

I just picked up my new MXT I purchased a blue one & have tinted the windows so far. The truck gets tons of looks with alot of people asking questions. In the past I have owned many lifted f350 & this ride is about equal to a lifted truck with 40' tires.

Mike Pappy

This is a REAL TRUCK folks! It's not a dinky ford f350 or a Hummvee... It's a TRUCK, exactly like the ones with the 18 wheels that pass you on the hiways!! You're PAYING for a REAL TRUCK and they were never cheap. Considering all the options that comes with the MXT, this truck is not that expensive.(ie 4x4, automatic..)
But, what the heck do you urban rednecks know?
Go act BIG, and block the hiways by yapping on your cellphones, and pull your little 2 lbs jet skies with your "truck-wannabe" whimpy SUV's..

Jerry Degraff

Now, I know cars, and I love cars. This one beats them all, wow! what a ride... the looks are exhilirating, a total rush.

cassamajor fritz

men bon mak

jesse

you bunch of gay ppl are all for the looks, dissing on the superduties and hummers, yea the h2s and 3s r gay but the h1 is the best off road rig of all time. This big POS with its flashy mud terrains dont impress me. it shares the same motors as the superduties anyways, wouldnt you want the same power in a slightly smaller more managable truck like the f-350? solids axles bitches the superduties blow em away, its nuthin but a toy for the rich man to look cool in.

Dan

Good info on the MXT. If it had a little more payload I would already own one. Rummor has it that a business class will be released soon, hopefully it has 22.5in. rubber to increase the payload. I'll have to stick to a 1ton daully untill then. Why would any of you compare this truck to an F series stupid duty? I had one once, just about broke me, I'll never own one again!

rh

I am encouraged by the MXT because I am 6'-5" tall. I have not seen a 4-door vehicle, personal car or truck, that I have not had head or leg room problems except troublesome Fords. I will not own a Ford. Fords have to many electrical and fire problems for me to feel safe in a Ford. Since the MXT is designed on a real 18 wheeler scale, I expect plenty of leg and head room since I have driven my father's 18 wheeler scale trucks. I hate the fact that most vehicles are designed for 80% of the people who are midgets or people who believe Americans should not have a choice about what vehicle we own and drive except for the small people themselves. I have tried a Hummer a the head and leg room are a joke. My Yukon has more driver head and leg room than a Hummer. Hummers make small people feel very large.
I do not care how large or small the vehicle, I just need enough room for my head to not hit the roof and my legs to stretch out. I have tried most all vans, truck and cars on the market now. I thought about having a custom vehicle designed just for me but International did it for me and this is a lot cheaper compared to having a Yukon transformed into the perfect vehicle for me. I think this vehicle would be perfect for NFL and NBA players who are my height like my Chiropractor who is 6'-7" tall. I had planned to buy a CXT but this vehicle is a little closer to a normal looking vehicle for me. It really would be hard for me to get around in a parking lot with my 18 wheeler tractor truck so I can have head and leg room. If you respond to my post, first state and give your height in feet and inches.
I have tested Toyotas, Tundra, Nissans, Mercedes, Chevrolets, Fords, Dodges, BMWs, Volvos,
VW, Porche, Isuzu.
Thanks International

Dan

I here you rh. So you hate being first in line at the lights too eh? I'm only 6'4", but I understand the headroom issues... well, not so much headroom, but visibility issues. I've got a Toyota FJ, lots of headroom, can't see out though. GMC 1 ton, two Dodge pickups, all have the same problem. If International can increase the payload on the MXT and keep the single rear wheels, I will buy one.

ef

Good comment on the head room, rh. I'm 6'3" and 290 and got into the H1 & H2, only to knock my noggin on the overhead. The MXT is going to be my next rig, and I don't mind that it's the big kid in the parking lot. Da*n pavers make the lot spaces too small anyway.

Still looking for offroad comments from anyone who has been there.
Cheers!

ef

Good comment on the head room, rh. I'm 6'3" and 290 and got into the H1 & H2, only to knock my noggin on the overhead. The MXT is going to be my next rig, and I don't mind that it's the big kid in the parking lot. Da*n pavers make the lot spaces too small anyway.

Still looking for offroad comments from anyone who has been there.
Cheers!

Motely

Well thank you for that first rate commentary. It takes a real genius to spell it out so a quick software check won't find a bad word.

And Yes, if everyone could afford they would all be driving around in a pseudo semi tractor trailer. Even those people who buy a Mini Cooper or a Smart car.

Someone who drives a vehicle like this is only making up for shortcoming somewhere else. Especially when they have to resort to fancy spelling to tell everyone else about it.

If you are looking into buying a MXT I hope this will help you, I have one that cost $90,000.00 + $5850.00 sales tax and another $5000.00 I have put into it. My truck has been in the shop for (3) weeks and I have no idea when or if I will get it out, problems are (1) brake line (metal high presure line) rubed a hole in it because it wasn't fasten down, lost fluid and would not stop, pedal went to floor, (2) rotars are bad, truck shakes all over road, (3) drive shafe is bad trying to find part # so they can order new one, (4) hood insulation fell off,(5) air blowing in thru drivers window, (6) dash has a bad rattle, (7) cross member missing bolts and nuts,(8) power sterring line just hanging under truck not fastened to anything,(9) bed lined has shook apart, (10) drivers door has two dents in it where mirrow was put on in place it was not suppost to be---- This truck has 10,000 miles on it, can not get parts because International doesn't have part numbers for this truck. I have a friend with the same problems with his truck, his truck has worn the frount tires out at 14,000 miles, he was told today they will not help him because the tires that came on the truck were for off road and could only go 55 MPH on the highway, this is the tires that came on the $90,000.00 dollar truck !!!!! Truck is slow taking off and will only run 85 MPH--- I like the truck but I don't feel you should have a truck in the shop for this long and not have the problems taken care of, I don't want to keep anyone from buying this truck just be aware of the problems, you may e-mail me if you have any questions--bamausa@aol.com

Dave Johnson

I'm ordering mine in a couple weeks. One reason to buy this IH truck is,it aint no Ford. It's not a Dodge or Chev either. It's based on a real truck not a pick up on steriods. The frame axles and brakes are bigger better and will out last any other brand you want to pick. You want towing power you buy it.

Motely

Yeah, because that matters when you haul a boat or a camping trailer. You've got to be kidding me that something like this is ever necessary.

Motely

And don't even try the crap that I'm 6ft 5inches tall, I don't fit in anything else. Yeah, because no one else that big has ever fit into a car or truck before this was offered.

Dave Johnson

It's not. But I can. So I'm gunna. And I don't even own a boat!

Motely

Wow, great argument. Are you going to take your ball and go home too?

rh

I am still excited about the International MXT.

I see your report that this vehicle MAY be having some problems with power train and undercarriage such as noise and performance.

Has anyone got any suggestions?

I do.

How hard would it be to take the International MXT body and install the body on a Chevrolet 4 door 1/2 or 3/4 ton truck power train, frame and undercarriage or even a modified GMC Denali frame and power train.

I am interested in the head height and room provided by this cab design. I do not care what is under the hood or what powers this vehicle.

How much would it cost if I owned the MXT and the Chevrolet or Denali?

$5,000 , $10,000 , $30,000 , What is the amount for the swap?

Is there a good shop around that does things like this? Where?

What are your suggestions?

Pete

I would like to hear some comments of fuel
economy, what kinda fuel milage are You getting with the MXT.

Hymer

Closet fags buy this crap.

Cash

I detect a little jealousy from Hymer.
I am going to get a red MXT for Christmas from my wife.

Hank

My arm hangs out of a lot of trucks or at least hits the door post while I am sitting in the driver’s seat. I tried out a Chevy TopKick and the seat was placed so close to the door, my arm was out the door while sitting in the driver’s seat.
I am going to try out a MXT as soon as I can.
I really like the character of these trucks.

robert castellanos

hey I fell in love with this truck the first time i saw it. my dad might buy one once he pays off our tractor we have a cattle ranch and could use somthing like this, something to haul the family around to special occasions and to pull something out if it gets stuck. and does anyone know if the bed is wide enough to fit a full size atv in and if it isn't we'd put a flat bed on it because of that and the bed sides look to tall to use a gooseneck trailer does anyone know about ethier of these things. i would also like to know how it does off road

cash

I saw an ATV in the back of this vehicle in a car show on the internet.

salamander

same old low quality plastics, same bad quality stitching, oh, just look inside a range rover for a hint, I`m sure you guys can do it!

salamander

same old low quality plastics, same bad quality stitching, oh, just look inside a range rover for a hint, I`m sure you guys can do it!

charlesNcharge

This truck is awesome... you either like it or you dont, no in betweens. I have recently had the pleasure to drive one of these babies for over a week and it was awwwsommmeeee!!!! This puppie has torque that never ends. I had thought of ordering an Hummer SUT with a diesel motor but no way... not now, this is the future, people who dont like it, probably cant afford it??? I have had the pleasure of owning 3 CHEVY Duramaxes and have loved my Alison tranmissions, all 3 have been lifted 2 with 15 inches with 40's, the other 12 inches with 38's. I have sold all 3 with no problem. This may be the next venture on our menu, its tough yet prestigious enough for a business meeting. You could also do a night out on the town with the boys/gals or a fun family weekend out to Glamis, or Havasu. Remember you cant knock it till you try it. PEACE, LOVE, AND REAR END GREASE

LOVE YALL
CHARLESJ82

charlesNcharge

This truck is awesome... you either like it or you dont, no in betweens. I have recently had the pleasure to drive one of these babies for over a week and it was awwwsommmeeee!!!! This puppie has torque that never ends. I had thought of ordering an Hummer SUT with a diesel motor but no way... not now, this is the future, people who dont like it, probably cant afford it??? I have had the pleasure of owning 3 CHEVY Duramaxes and have loved my Alison tranmissions, all 3 have been lifted 2 with 15 inches with 40's, the other 12 inches with 38's. I have sold all 3 with no problem. This may be the next venture on our menu, its tough yet prestigious enough for a business meeting. You could also do a night out on the town with the boys/gals or a fun family weekend out to Glamis, or Havasu. Remember you cant knock it till you try it. PEACE, LOVE, AND REAR END GREASE

LOVE YALL
CHARLESJ82

Hello I used to work for the company that made these trucks,I really enjoyed putting them together.and painting the frames,sure we had a few troubled trucks.But I know for a fact that this company was not the only one that had it's troubles building vehicles.Give them at try once you get used to them you'l love it.I know I did and I don't even own one.P.S.hello to all AI associates miss ya.

TOP DAWG

I own one of these, I have 41 000 km on it now and have had no problems with it. It's a great truck for what it is, a 2 ton TRUCK. It won't ride or drive like your 1/2 ton wannabe truck that you never take of the highway but it does serve a purpose

Круто!!!!!!!!

Answering on the milage you get on those. I mange to get 450~480 in a mixed driving. and notice if you stick to 90 km/h on the HW that the milage improves big time were you can probalby get close to the claimed 600 km by the manufacturer.
This truck came with no spare tyre so i had to buy one and dump it the back. eventhough it is difficult that you will be able to change the tyre by your self they are too heavy.

Barron

Darrin, its 2010, lets hear your review today and specifically the FUEL economy ?

wendell

i am here in san antonio, and i just saw a awesome truck. this young lady was driving it. it was a MXT. I WAS COMPLETELY BLOW AWAY. she gave me a tour. very spacious she is also remodeling the interior.

BRAD SAIA

I WAS TOLD THERE WERE ONLY 300 EVER MADE I WANT ONE AND I AM HAVING A TUFF TIME FINDING ONE ANYONE WANTING TO SELL ONE OR KNOW OF ONE FOR SALE LET ME KNOW PLEASE. THANKS, BRAD

Gayla

I think the MXT is cool I live in Big Bear so all I see is Big trucks, My husband has a huge 350 lifted big tires the works I drive it all the time and yes its big to get in all those small places but when I saw that MXT I told my husband I want that and Ill be bigger than you, LOL

Matt

I just ordered one of these trucks, it will be my weekend driver, lol! I can't wait to get it, it's such a big sexy badass truck!

nick

sheeit i want all three cxt rxt and mxt

POPEYE and the "JEEP"

Me need one then we can have some california fun in the sun. Your frind Popeye and the "JEEP"
P.S ME MISS MY 79 SCOUT!
ME WONT A MXT INTERNATIONAL 2014! NOW THAT IS A Trophytruck we can love.

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