2014 Ford F-450 Super Duty Review

F-450 Super Duty

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2014 Ford F-450 Super Duty Overview

It may be the biggest pickup truck available to individual consumers, yet the 2014 Ford F-450 Super Duty, despite prodigious towing and hauling numbers, standard dual rear wheels, 4-wheel drive (4WD) and a turbodiesel V8 powerplant, still comes up short of the Ram 3500’s class-leading 30,000 pounds of fifth-wheel towing capability.

Nevertheless, look for Ford’s oversize 2014 workhorse to return with 5 trims: the base XL, the up-featured XLT, the luxury-laden Lariat, the princely King Ranch and the top-shelf Platinum. All F-450 Super Duty trims should additionally return boasting state-of-the-art techno goodies, the standard 6-place, 4-door Crew Cab configuration and an 8-foot long-bed cargo box.

Towing capacity with the standard hitch and wiring likely remains 18,500 pounds, while an available gooseneck/fifth-wheel rig should again handle some 24,700 pounds of trailer. Additionally, all trim configurations ought to return toting standard trailer sway control and an integrated trailer brake controller. Payload for this hefty hauler, meantime, can be expected to remain maxed out at 5,880 pounds on the beefy rear suspension.

Pulling all this weight is again the standard… and only… offered drivetrain, a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 powerplant that mates with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. Look for 400 hp and a whopping 800 lb-ft of torque from this potent matchup but, alas, don’t even think about gas mileage. The standard part-time 4WD, meanwhile, sports a 2-speed transfer case with either manual or electronic hi-lo gear selection, depending on the trim level, as well as auto-locking hubs and an electronically locking rear differential.

As with its less brawny F-Series cousins, this monster, in base XL garb, sports 17-inch polished alloy wheels, vinyl upholstery and split-folding rear seats. Telescoping tilt-wheel steering should remain standard in this entry-level trim, too, as should air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo with 2 speakers.

Look for step running boards and cloth upholstery in the next-up 2014 F-450 Super Duty XLT, not to mention full power accessories, including heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, with cruise control, and SYNC hands-free infotainment and destination download that interfaces with standard Bluetooth technology also coming standard. Front and rear floor mats, meantime, should be delivered in this lower-midlevel edition, as should a single-CD player, 4 speakers and a USB port.

The lap-of-luxury Lariat adds tubular running boards, a power sliding rear window, premium leather upholstery and cabin accents, power-adjustable front seats, power-adjustable pedals, a rear-view camera and rear parking sensors. Then it will undoubtedly go on to list dual-zone climate control, simulated wood cabin trim pieces, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, 9 Sony premium speakers, satellite radio and a memory card slot as standard goodies.

The elegantly workman-like F-450 Super Duty King Ranch likely returns with heated front seats, a remote garage door opener, memory for driver's settings, a memory-based navigation system and remote engine start, with its up-featured Platinum sibling slated to again tote a heated steering wheel, unique and upgraded exterior and cabin bling, as well as unique badges and graphics.

Of course, options-wise, look for lower trims to remain eligible for much of the stuff that comes standard in higher trims, while such things as a stowable bed extender, spray-in bedliner, a transmission power takeoff (for operating plow equipment, etc.), integrated accessory switches and a power sunroof should remain offered as trim-level-dependent options, as well. Also expect the Ford Work Solutions Package with in-dash computer to remain available to the XL and XLT trim levels, while the FX4 Off-Road Package, with skid plates, Rancho-brand shock absorbers, unique decals and all-terrain tires will likely again be available trim-wide.

Standard safety equipment aboard Ford’s biggest consumer-oriented rig, meantime, will doubtless remain 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. A post-collision safety system should also return as a standard safety feature aboard all trims, as should a rear back-up chime. Meantime, XLT and higher trims should be delivered with standard Sync emergency services and a remote antitheft alarm, with Lariat and higher variations boasting standard front fog/driving lights, dusk-sensing headlights and turn-signal-integrated mirrors.


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