Great power and strength for towing and hauling; numerous configurations and interior options; stellar turbodiesel engine; clever bed access step engineered into the tailgate
High-end models are seriously pricey
A rearview camera becomes standard and a new Limited trim level comes in at the top of the range.
For the sort of work the Super Duty is normally put to, the torque-rich diesel engine is highly recommended. The XLT trim makes a good proposition, coming at a reasonable initial price while leaving money in the budget for options.
The 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty comes in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trim levels. While each is distinct, buyers have the ability to customize, like adding a heavier-duty suspension or a snowplow package.
Cab styles are Regular (2-door), extended SuperCab and 4-door Crew Cab. Seating ranges from two to six occupants.
Bed lengths are 6.8 feet or 8.2 feet; regular cab versions are paired only with the longer bed.
The F-350 also offers a "dually" setup (twin wheels at each end of the rear axle) for the rear-drive/long-bed version.
The F-250 XL ($34,445) and F-350 XL ($38,415) are the entry level models, coming with the 6.2-liter V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. The XL is sparse. Air conditioning, tilt-telescopic steering wheel, two 12-volt outlets, bed lighting, removable/lockable tailgate with lift assist, 2-ton mechanical jack (single rear wheels) and a rearview camera are all standard, but the floor and seats are covered with vinyl. The windows are hand-cranked, while the audio system consists of an AM/FM radio, auxiliary audio input and four speakers (six speakers in the SuperCab and Crew Cab versions). Exterior features are similarly utilitarian: 17-inch steel wheels, for example.
In the F-250 XLT ($38,605) and F-350 XLT ($39,785) things become more civilized with standard 18-in alloy wheels and chrome exterior accents. The cabin floor is upgraded from vinyl to carpet, and cloth upholstery comes in, plus cruise control, power accessories, heated mirrors, keyless entry, padded armrests, an integrated trailer brake controller, Bluetooth, Sync voice control, CD/MP3 player and a USB port.
The F-250 Lariat ($47,215) and F-350 Lariat ($48,385) come only in SuperCab and Crew Cab configurations. Power-adjustable pedals are standard, plus extendable/power-folding mirrors, a power-sliding rear window, rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, a self-dimming rearview mirror, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, 110-volt/400-watt inverter outlet, a Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-in screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and satellite/HD radio. An upgraded Sony audio system is standard in the Crew Cab version.
The F-250 King Ranch ($56,485) and the F-350 King Ranch ($60,855) are Crew Cab only, with Power Scope trailer tow/heated/power-folding side mirrors. Other equipment includes leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats with driver's-side memory settings (including the position of the power-adjustable pedals), remote start, keyless entry/ignition, remote tailgate release, a heated steering wheel, a garage door opener, a navigation system and Sony audio setup.
The Crew Cab-only F-250 Platinum ($64,075) and F-350 Platinum ($64,410) models feature more luxury touches, like 20-in alloy wheels, LED headlamps, powered running boards, heated rear seats, tailgate access step, premium leather trim, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning and adaptive steering.
F-250 Limited ($81,315) and F-350 Limited ($82,490) come with the diesel engine, all-wheel drive and Crew Cabs as standard, then add 2-tone leather seating surfaces, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision mitigation, a 360-degree camera system, Trailer Reverse Guidance, a moonroof and auxiliary upfitter switches.
Many standard features in the higher trims are optional in the lower trims. Other equipment choices include spray-in bedliners, beefier alternators, connectors for gooseneck and fifth-wheel trailer mounts and a choice of axle ratios. An FX4 Off-Road package for all-wheel drive models includes a specialized suspension, all-terrain tires, hill-descent control and an electronic locking rear differential.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2018 Ram 2500/3500 -- Immensely capable. The 2500 has coil springs at the rear for a refined ride. The 3500 sticks with traditional leaf springs.
2018 Chevrolet Silverado HD/GMC Sierra HD -- GM's twins offer similar configurations and engine options as the Super Duty, and their diesel unit can go piston to piston with Ford's 6.7-liter powerhouse.
2018 Nissan Titan XD -- If the full Super Duty treatment might be too much, consider the excellent Titan XD, which occupies that ground between half-ton and three-quarter-ton trucks. It can still come with a gooseneck trailer connection or a fifth wheel.
Used Ford F-450 -- If a mere F-250 or F-350 isn't enough, the F-450 has awesome towing capacity. Going for a lightly used model can save thousands.