• Powerful diesel engine
  • Impressive tow, payload ratings
  • Highly functional
  • Enormous size
  • Enormous fuel bills
  • Poor ride when unladen

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Vehicle Summary

Ford has built more than 32 million F-Series trucks, and the Super Duty models are the toughest of the bunch. The Super Duty is aimed squarely at owners who need trucks for work, whereas the F-150 is more appropriate for buyers who want to drive their pickup truck every day. The Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 offer abundant options and extensive capabilities for anyone who needs to accomplish serious tasks. The trucks are available with a power-takeoff from the transmission case and, according to Ford, have been tested to endure 250,000 miles of hard use without fault. They can also be fitted with a fifth-wheel gooseneck mount for hauling larger trailers. Although the Ford F-Series Super Duty is quite expensive, its sticker price reflects the high level of engineering, strength, and capability baked into each truck.

Overview

When it comes to the toughest of jobs, Ford offers buyers the F-Series Super Duty. The Ford F-250, F-350, and F-450 are bigger, stronger, and even more capable than the F-150. Highlights include tow ratings as high as 18,500 pounds and payload ratings that reach 7260 pounds. As with the F-150, Ford offers several different configurations for the F-Series Super Duty: regular, SuperCab, or Crew Cab bodies; single or dual rear wheels; rear- or four-wheel drive; and 6.8- or 8.2-foot beds. Buyers pick between a 385-hp, 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 and a 400-hp, 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 that packs a staggering 800 lb-ft of torque.

Although they're working vehicles, the Super Duty trucks can also be luxurious. Ford offers a Platinum model that has additional chrome brightwork, 20-inch wheels, remote start, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and cooled power seats, and a leather-wrapped console. More practical equipment includes a factory-sprayed ToughBed bed liner, six standard airbags, hill descent control, a trailer brake controller, a 110-volt power outlet in the center console, and a step built into the tailgate for easier ingress.

The last time we drove a Ford F-250, we noted that the gasoline V-8 had plenty of grunt to propel the big truck and wasn't as loud as the diesel. The Crew Cab model is enormous inside, with more than enough head- and legroom in the back seats for basketball players. However, the truck's working roots showed through on our daily commutes: transmissions shifts were slow and rough, and the ride was rough when the bed was empty. Neither of those faults would be concerns to anyone actually using a Ford F-Series Super Duty for its intended purpose.

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Silverado HD
  • GMC Sierra HD
  • Ram HD

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