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2012 Ford F-450 Super Duty Trims

King Ranch Crew Cab 8ft Bed DRW 4WD

Avg. Price: $52,990

The flagship of the unique 2012 Ford F-450 Super Duty lineup is the King Ranch Crew Cab 8ft Bed DRW 4WD, which boasts an enviable array of appearance bling and hi-tech goodies for work, appearance, comfort and convenience needs. The standard 4-door Crew Cab configuration seats 6 comfortably, while the 8-foot bed carries a ton of stuff (literally) over its dual rear wheels (DRW). Standard part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD), meantime, gives this heavy-duty pickup truck a hefty edge off the beaten path. But this huge truck is more than just another muscle-bound brute. Sure, it has a standard trailer hitch and wiring, but it also sports 17-inch polished-alloy wheels and a chrome grille, not to mention heated power-adjustable mirrors, leather upholstery and heated power-adjustable front bucket seats. Scads of leather and simulated wood cabin accoutrements complement dual-zone climate control, digital-keypad remote power door locks and power windows, as well as cruise control, telescoping tilt-wheel steering, power-adjustable pedals, while rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a universal remote garage door opener are also delivered with this big rig. And that’s not all: Standard audio and telematics equipment includes a single-CD player with 9 speakers, satellite radio, a USB connection and Bluetooth hands-free communications capability. For confident towing, this beast also comes with a standard integrated trailer brake controller and trailer sway control.

Options for the F-450 Super Duty King Ranch include the FX Off-Road Package with skid plates, descent control, all-terrain tires and Rancho brand shock absorbers, as well as Ford Work Solutions’ Crew Chief Telematics Package with vehicle speed, idle time and location monitoring. Then there’s the Live-Drive Power Takeoff Package that powers seasonal or job-related add-ons, whether under way or at idle, via a direct hookup to the transmission, not to mention a spray-in bedliner, remote engine start, DVD-based navigation with HD radio and NavTraffic, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels and supplemental cabin heating. Ford’s touted SYNC hands-free audio and communications interface, as well as SYNC AppLink smartphone internet service (limited), handy upfitter switches for added electrical devices, a power-sliding rear window and the popular Tailgate Assist Step for easier bed access are also available to this high-end pickup.

Driving the 2012 F-450 Super Duty King Ranch is the standard 400-hp 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine. Mated with the ubiquitous 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, this monster throws down an astounding 800 lb-ft of torque, good enough to tow 17,500 pounds of trailer with the standard straight hitch, and some 25,000 pounds with the available gooseneck or fifth-wheel rigs. Traditionally a less-than-fuel-efficient vehicle, this hefty heavy-duty pickup is ignored by the EPA mileage gurus. Finally, the standard 4WD system is managed by electronic hi-lo gear selection and auto-locking hubs for off-road-capable shift-on-the-fly 4WD capability.

Besides its sheer size, the 2012 F-450 Super Duty King Ranch boasts such standard safety features as 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. Additionally, this behemoth comes with standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors, front fog/driving lights, a remote antitheft alarm and a post-collision safety system. Optional across the F-450 Super Duty lineup is an external back-up chime.

Lariat Crew Cab 8ft Bed DRW 4WD

Avg. Price: $53,136

Ford’s 2012 F-450 Super Duty Lariat Crew Cab 8ft Bed DRW 4WD brings the oversize workhorse pickup truck into the realm of the semi-posh. This upper-midlevel behemoth comes in only the 4-wheel drive (4WD), dual rear wheel (DRW), 4-door, 6-passenger Crew Cab variant, with the 8.2-foot bed its standard payload-bearing accoutrement. Outside, look for standard 17-inch polished alloy wheels, chrome grille, trailer hitch and wiring, and heated power-adjustable mirrors, while the cab sports standard premium leather upholstery, power-adjustable front bucket seats and leather and simulated wood cabin accents. Digital-keypad power door locks and power windows are standard, as are telescoping tilt-wheel steering and cruise control, not to mention power-adjustable pedals, dual-zone climate control and rear parking sensors. Entertainment comes in the form of a single-CD player with 9 speakers, satellite radio and a USB connection, while Bluetooth hands-free technology adds some extra communications capability.

Options for the 2012 F-450 Lariat include the Live-Drive Power Takeoff Package with extra power provided to seasonal or job-related equipment via the transmission whether driving or idling, and the FX Off-Road Package with descent control, skid plates, all terrain tires and Rancho-brand shocks. There’s also the available Ford Work Solutions Crew Chief Telematics Package that monitors speed, idle time and location of the vehicle, with extra equipment providing maintenance and diagnostics with printouts, as well as the SYNC hands-free audio and communications interface and SYNC AppLink smartphone integration for limited internet access. Standalone options include a DVD-based navigation screen, power moonroof, upgraded 18-inch wheels, spray-in bedliner and upfitter switches for added electrical devices. Finally, remote engine start, the popular Tailgate Assist Step, a rear-view camera, power-folding towing mirrors, a power-sliding rear window and a spray-in bedliner are all additionally available, as well.

Powering the 2012 F-150 Lariat is the ubiquitous 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine that’s managed by a shiftable 6-speed transmission. Together this pairing nets 400 hp and an impressive 800 lb-ft of torque. Expect 17,500 pounds of towing capability from the standard hitch and 25,000 pounds from the available gooseneck or fifth-wheel hitches. Fuel economy numbers are not available for the turbodiesel, probably because they’d be a bit dismal, but this truck is, after all, a work vehicle. In any case, the standard part-time 4WD system boasts shift-on-the-fly auto-locking hubs and electronic hi-lo gear selection, not to mention a limited-slip rear differential, while the standard integrated brake controller and trailer sway control let drivers tow with confidence.

The sizeable F-450 Super Duty Lariat, like the rest of the breed, uses its heft as a safety bulwark, but is nonetheless delivered with standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS) as well as traction and stability control. Occupant safety is also helped by front and rear head airbags and front side-mounted airbags. Finally, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, a post-collision safety system, front fog/driving lights and a remote antitheft alarm all come standard, with an exterior back-up chime offered as an optional safety item.

XL Crew Cab 8ft Bed DRW 4WD

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Avg. Price: $48,560

Base and basic, but a heck of a worker, the 2012 Ford F-450 Super Duty XL Crew Cab 8ft Bed DRW 4WD gets the heavy loads delivered with little fanfare and few distractions. Available only in the 4-door, 6-passenger Crew Cab variant, this full-size heavy-duty pickup is a one-of-a-kind brute that sports standard dual rear wheels (DRW), part-time four-wheel drive (4WD), a load-ready 8.2-foot bed and a torque-heavy turbodiesel V8. Standard appearance, comfort and convenience goodies include 17-inch polished alloy wheels, step running boards, a trailer hitch and wiring, vinyl upholstery, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and air conditioning, with entertainment limited to an AM/FM stereo and two speakers.

Options for the base F-450 Super Duty XL include a gooseneck or fifth-wheel towing prep package, an integrated trailer brake controller, upfitter switches for electrically operated add-ons, a spray-in bedliner and the Ford Work Solutions’ Crew Chief (Telematics) Package that tracks vehicle idle time, location and speed. There’s also the available Live-Drive Power Takeoff transmission-driven power package that’ll keep seasonal and/or job-related extra equipment functioning whether on the road or when idling, as well as the convenient tailgate step, power-folding tow mirrors and a power-sliding rear window. Optional fun stuff, meantime, includes remote engine start, cruise control, power accessories, a single-CD player, cloth upholstery and the smartphone-interfaced SYNC AppLink system for limited internet access.

Powering the 2012 F-450 Super Duty XL is a 400-hp, 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine that mates with the 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for a whopping 800 lb-ft of torque. Look for 17,500 pounds of towing capacity with the standard straight hitch and up to 25,000 pounds with the available gooseneck or fifth-wheel setup. Mileage figures are, as is traditional, not available for this big diesel, but will be meager, at best. A rear limited-slip differential is, of course, standard, as is the brake hill-holder feature. Finally, the part-time 4WD system is managed by manually locking hubs and manual hi-lo gear selection, though the available FX4 Off-Road Package adds on electronic shift-on-the-fly capability, as well as skid plates, all-terrain tires, descent control and Rancho-brand shock absorbers.

Size matters as a safety factor in the F-450 Super Duty XL. Nevertheless, this uniquely oversized pickup boasts standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, trailer sway control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags and a post-collision safety system. An exterior backup chime, meantime, is optional.

XLT Crew Cab 8ft Bed DRW 4WD

Avg. Price: $52,448

Need the biggest pickup available on the open market? That would be the 2012 Ford F-450 Super Duty XLT Crew Cab 8ft Bed DRW 4WD. With its over-the-top towing and payload capacity and 4-door, 6-passenger Crew Cab configuration, as well as the expansive 8-foot bed, standard dual rear wheels (DRW), an integrated trailer hitch and wiring, and standard part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD), this big workhorse is perfect for the heavy lifting. It also has a softer side with a front chrome grille, 17-inch polished alloy wheels, step running boards, cloth upholstery, telescoping tilt-wheel steering and power accessories, including heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, all standard. Then there are such standard niceties as cruise control, air conditioning and a single-CD player with 4 speakers.

Options for this oversize pickup include remote engine start, a tailgate assist step, a power-sliding rear window, a spray-in bedliner and Bluetooth-integrated SYNC hands-free audio and communications interface with navigation and route information functions, as well as SYNC AppLink smartphone-integrated internet capability. More prosaic options include the Ford Work Solutions’ Crew Chief (Telematics) Package to measure vehicle idle time, speed and location, the Live-Drive Power Takeoff Package that allows the standard automatic transmission to power added job and seasonal equipment whether driving or idling, and upfitter switches for added electrical power capability. Further options for the lower mid-level XLT include upgraded 18-inch wheels and extra exterior chrome décor.

Standard power for the 2012 F-450 Super Duty XLT pickup comes from a monster 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine. Combined with the 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, this big V8 throws down 400 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque, good enough to haul up to 17,500 pounds of trailer with the standard hitch or 25,000 pounds with the optional gooseneck or fifth-wheel setup. A limited-slip rear differential is also standard, as is the popular brake hill-holder, while the part-time 4WD system features manual hi-lo gear selection and manually locking hubs. Optional for this capable pickup is the FX Off-Road Package with electronic shift-on-the-fly capability, skid plates, descent control, all-terrain tires and Rancho brand shock absorbers.

Standard safety features aboard the 2012 F-450 Super Duty XLT include, besides its hefty girth, 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), trailer sway control, integrated trailer brake controller, traction and stability control and turn-signal-integrated mirrors. Further safety equipment includes standard front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm. Finally, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors and an exterior back-up chime are all optional.