Ready, willing, and able.
Americans love their trucks, and it only takes a quick glance at the spec sheet of the Ford F-series Super Duty to see why. Last year, Ford beefed up the frame and hitch of its F-series Super Duty so that it could once again claim the top spot in the towing-capacity war it has been waging with its rivals. Available with a choice of two engines (a capable 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 and a heroic 6.7-liter turbo-diesel with a massive 800 lb-ft of torque); regular cab, SuperCab, or SuperCrew bodies; 6.8-foot or 8.0-foot beds; and single or dual rear wheels, the Super Duty offers a wide range of configurations. The trailer-sway-control system, which can determine when the trailer is swaying and take measures (reducing engine torque, applying braking) to help keep the trailer from wagging, is just one of the many useful features. The interior of the Super Duty is very functional, with a large console that provides lots of storage. But it’s not all work and no play, as the Super Duty has several luxury features that you might not expect to find in a work truck. This year, a new top-of-the-line Platinum model enters the lineup. Standard features in the Platinum include Sync with MyFord Touch; navigation; a rear-view camera; a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel; and leather upholstery.
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The Platinum model enters the lineup as the new range-topper. All Super Duty trucks have a “flow-through” center console that Ford claims has the largest storage capacity in the class.
Front, side, and side curtain air bags; ABS; and tire-pressure monitors are standard. Traction and stability control; trailer-sway control; and hill-start assist are standard on all single-rear-wheel Super Duty trucks. The SOS Post-Crash Alert System sounds the horn three times if the air bags have deployed.
Impressive towing and payload
Lots of high-tech options
Functional and capable
Doesn’t like tight spaces
Expensive at the pump
Base Price Range: $31,000–$65,000 (est.)
DRIVE: Rear-wheel, 4-wheel
TRIM LEVELS: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum
BODY STYLE: Pickup, 2- to 6-passenger
ENGINES: 6.2L V-8, 385 hp, 405 lb-ft (E85 capable)
6.7L turbo-diesel V-8, 400 hp, 800 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic
CAPACITIES: Towing 11,700–24,500 lb; payload 3070–7110 lb