2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty Review

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2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty Overview

For some, even a three-quarter ton pickup isn’t enough truck for the job. They need something that can handle towing a horse trailer or hauling heavy construction materials without breaking a sweat. A one-ton pickup truck like the 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty is the right tool for these situations. Last year, Ford gave the Super Duty a complete redesign that included more powerful engines, a beefier frame, aluminum body panels, and new technologies. The end result is a heavy-duty truck that a number of automotive reviewers consider to be at the top of the class.

For 2018, Ford is introducing a new trim to the F-350 Super Duty lineup. The new Limited trim will serve as the flagship and comes with features you would expect to find in a luxury model. Standard equipment includes two-tone leather upholstery, ash-wood trim, a chrome grille, LED headlights, multi-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, and a badge on the center console etched with the truck’s serial number. The only powertrain on offer for the Limited is a 6.7-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel V8 with 4-wheel drive.

The F-350 Super Duty is not a shrinking violet in terms of design. The front end is imposing with a large grille that can have either a black plastic or chrome insert and rectangular headlights. Moving to the side, the F-350 sports massive fenders and wheels ranging in size from 17 to 20-inches. Certain F-350 Super Duty models come with an integrated step and handle in the tailgate. The step telescopes outward when the tailgate is down to make it easier to get in and out of the bed. While this is a clever solution, a number of reviewers like the simple integrated bumper steps found on the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500HD. Ford offers 3 cabs, 2 bed lengths, and the choice of either single or dual rear-wheels for the F-350.

Depending on the trim, the F-350 Super Duty’s interior can range from practical, with vinyl upholstery and rubber floors, to posh, with leather and wood trim. The dashboard was designed with work in mind by featuring a simple layout with large buttons and knobs for the various functions. There is plenty of storage in the large center console, deep door pockets, and lockable storage area under the rear seat.

While the F-350’s front seat offers less head and legroom than offerings from General Motors’ or Ram’s heavy-duty trucks, the seats offer excellent support and a range of adjustments. Space is limited in the SuperCab model, so passengers may feel cramped. A better option for carrying extra hands is the Crew Cab, offering best-in class legroom. Passengers of all sizes will be able to stretch out with no issue.

The base XL and XLT come with a standard radio featuring a color screen. Optional on these models and standard on the Lariat and above is an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-compatible 8-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3. Replacing MyFordTouch, SYNC 3 comes with a more user-friendly interface and improved performance. A set of physical buttons underneath the screen provides quick, easy access to various functions. Lariat and higher trims also come with an 8-inch reconfigurable screen in the instrument cluster that monitors various items like diesel emission fluid levels.

Two V8 engines are available for the F-350 Super Duty. Standard is a 6.2-liter gas V8 producing 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. This engine can be equipped to run either gas or natural gas. Optional is a 6.7-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel V8 with 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic is standard on both engines with the choice of 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive. These engines are quite capable of powering the F-350 down the road at a surprising rate. Automotive outlets have clocked the F-350 on the run to 60 mph in the 7-second range for either engine. Some of this comes down to Ford using aluminum body panels on the truck, which drops a fair amount of weight.

The F-350 Super Duty is hard to beat in terms of towing and payload. Max tow ratings stand at 18,000 pounds with single-rear wheels and 21,000 pounds with dual-rear wheels when pulling a conventional trailer. Pulling a gooseneck trailer causes those numbers climb to 21,500 for single-rear wheels and 32,000 for dual-rear wheels. Payload ranges from 4,470 to 7,630 pounds, depending on the configuration of the truck.

Reviewers say the F-350 Super Duty is quite surprising when it comes to the ride. Unlike most heavy-duty trucks that transmit bumps and other road imperfections to passengers, the F-350’s suspension tuning does a very good job of smoothing out the drive. The ride becomes even smoother with a heavy load in the bed or on a trailer. Ford offers an optional adaptive steering system that uses an electric motor and special gearing to automatically adjust the amount of effort needed to turn the wheels. The system will multiply the steering input at low speeds to make it easier when moving in tight spaces. At higher speeds, the input is reduced to help the truck continue in a straight line. Those who have tried this system say it makes a big difference when driving the F-350.

The Ford F-350 Super Duty leads the heavy duty pack in terms of safety features. All models get a suite of airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, hill start assist, trailer sway control, post-crash alert, and Ford’s MyKey that allows a parent to set restrictions for younger drivers. A backup camera is standard on XLT models and above, while rear parking sensors are standard on Lariat and above. Optional for the F-350 is Ford’s Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System that uses 7 cameras around the truck to provide a 360-degree view when backing up or maneuvering in tight spots. A Trailer Reverse Guidance system provides helpful instructions when backing a trailer. Optional safety equipment includes blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, tire-pressure monitor for trailers, and automatic high beams.

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Ask William Maley how he started as an automotive writer and he would say he just fell into it. Based in Michigan, William has driven vehicles of all sizes and shapes. His work has appeared on Autobytel, CARFAX, Cheers & Gears, and U.S. News Best Cars.

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