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2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty: New Car Review

Editor’s note: If you’re looking for information on a newer Ford F-Series Super Duty, we’ve published an updated review: 2019 Ford F-Series Super Duty Review.

 

The full-size truck market is a constant tug-of-war between Ford, Chevrolet and RAM, but the 2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty arguably takes top billing with its formidable payload and towing capacities. The pulling power of the Super Duty is now matched with new stopping power as well. Engineers recently made meaningful improvements to the braking system, increasing driver confidence in the Super Duty’s stopping abilities. Altogether, the 2014 F-Series Super Duty pickups are some of the strongest, most technologically advanced trucks on the market. See the 2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty models for sale near you

What’s New for 2014?

Minor improvements to the braking system, including beefier rotors and a larger parking brake, are said to make the 2014 Super Duty an even more capable beast of burden. 

What We Like

Great power and strength for towing and hauling; numerous configurations and interior options; stellar diesel engine

What We Don’t

Poor fuel economy with the gas engine; high-end models cost as much as some nice luxury sedans

How Much?

$30,915 to $55,180

Fuel Economy

The standard engine on the F-250 and F-350 is a 6.2-liter flex-fuel V8 good for 385 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. Optional is the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo diesel that generates 400 hp and an astounding 800 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are connected to a heavy-duty TorqShift 6-speed automatic transmission that offers manual gear selection.

There are no Environmental Protection Agency fuel-economy ratings for the Super Duty, but you can expect mileage in the low-to-mid teens on gasoline models, with diesel models capable of high teens or even 20 miles per gallon on the open road.

With the diesel, Ford offers two interesting options. First is the Live Drive Power Takeoff (PTO), which allows the transmission to power external accessories such as a snowplow or a truck lift, provided the diesel engine is running. The other is the exhaust brake function, which limits combustion by restricting exhaust, helping to maintain desired speed when towing.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 F-Series Super Duty is offered in 10 trim levels — F-250 XL, F-250 XLT, F-250 Lariat, F-250 King Ranch, F-250 Platinum, F-350 XL, F-350 XLT, F-350 Lariat, F-350 King Ranch and F-350 Platinum. While each model is distinct from the one before it, customers can still fully customize each trim, adding a heavy-duty suspension or a snowplow package, for example. There are also no fewer than five bed lengths to choose from, as well as three cab styles (regular, extended SuperCab and 4-door Crew Cab).

The F-250 XL ($30,915) and F-350 XL ($31,810) are the entry-level Super Duty trucks with the 6.2-liter V8 engine and the TorqShift heavy-duty 6-speed automatic transmission. The interior on the XL trim level is sparsely equipped. It does offer air conditioning as standard, but the floor and the seat are covered in vinyl. The basic XL model is rear-wheel drive and features painted, 17-inch steel wheels.

Step up to the F-250 XLT ($34,945) or F-350 XLT ($35,845) and the truck gets nicer. The floor covering of the F-Series XLT is upgraded from vinyl to carpet, and cruise control is added, as is an AM/FM Stereo with single CD/MP3 Player with four speakers. On the outside, Ford includes 17-in, 6-spoke aluminum wheels and a chrome grille package.

On the F-250 Lariat ($42,610) and the F-350 Lariat ($43,505), offered only in SuperCab and Crew Cab configurations, Ford adds a digital instrument cluster with a 4.2-in LCD display. In the center stack, SYNC with MyFord Touch is added with a rearview camera. Below the bright MyFord Touch display is a dual-zone automatic climate control. Shorter drivers will appreciate the Lariat trim, as it adds power-adjustable pedals as standard.

The F-250 King Ranch ($50,395) and the F-350 King Ranch ($51,295) come only in the Crew Cab 4-door body style. To accent the 4-door cab, Ford adds 2-tone lower-accent paint to the King Ranch. Unique to the King Ranch is a chrome package with 18-in, chrome-clad wheels, bright metallic exhaust tip and several other chrome accents. On the interior, Chaparral leather is used throughout, and 10-way power-adjustable front seats with both heating and cooling are included. A strong audio system from Sony is also added to the King Ranch.

The top-of-the-line F-250 Platinum ($54,280) and F-350 Platinum ($55,180), also offered only as Crew Cabs, feature a few more niceties than the King Ranch trim, including a unique leather-wrapped steering wheel with heated wood accent, premium front leather seats with embroidered Platinum logo, body-color bumpers and door handles, bright chrome, 6-in angular step bars, satin chrome front grille and skid plates for the 4×4 models.

Safety

The Ford F-Series Super Duty comes standard with front and side airbags for the driver and the front passenger. SuperCab and Crew Cab models add side-curtain airbags for both front and rear passengers.

Ford has fitted all Super Duty trucks with AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, which uses reduced engine power and selective-wheel braking to limit the risk of rollover during hard cornering or fast swerving when avoiding an object or collision.

Heavy-duty trucks are not subject to crash testing by either the government or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Behind the Wheel

For such a massive truck, the Super Duty is surprisingly manageable. If you feel comfortable behind the wheel of a Ford F-150, the Super Duty adds more bulk up-front but feels about the same. The fully boxed frame is impressively stiff — an important attribute for towing and hauling heavy loads. On the road, the ride is not luxury-car smooth, but it isn’t harsh either. The steering is tight and direct, and the cabin is fairly quiet, especially on the King Ranch and Platinum trim levels. Acceleration is good with the gasoline engine, but it’s the Power Stroke Turbo Diesel that gives the Super Duty the power it needs to pull, haul and climb.

Other Cars to Consider

RAM 2500/3500 — Like Ford’s Super Duty trucks, the RAM 2500/3500 lineup is vastly capable, though its Cummins 6-cylinder turbodiesel isn’t quite as beastly.

Chevrolet Silverado HD/GMC Sierra HD — GM’s twins offer roughly the same configurations and engine options as the Super Duty, and their optional diesel engine can go toe-to-toe with Ford’s 6.7-liter powerhouse.

AutoTrader’s Advice

For our money, the tough-yet-refined King Ranch best suits the Super Duty. Regardless of which Super Duty version you choose, though, we strongly recommend the diesel engine. The gas engine is good, but the diesel is on another level altogether. 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I own a F250 FX4 and tow a 5th wheel that has a dry wt of 14700 lbs and 42ft long and have not had any problems from this vehicle. I use this for my HVAC business and the MPG is sitting at 16.2 since I purchased it (this includes all towing). I love this truck except for the 26gallon gas tank. Will be getting a 50 gallon transfer tank for the long hauls towing that huge 5th wheel. Before this I owned a 2005 6.0 diesel and traded it in at 4.5 years with 125,000 miles with no issues either….I want drive anything else.

  2. I have a 2000 Ford Excursion with the old 7.3 liter Powerstroke turbo diesel. This vehicle is mechanically identical to the same model year F250. My truck has over 250,000 miles on it and it’s still going strong. It’s had a few hickups over the years and the transmission. Was was rebuilt earlier this year, but what do you expect after 14 years of bawling kids, groceries, home improvement projects, and a 27′ travel trailer all over the country? Best truck I’ve ever run across and I don’t know what I’ll do when (if?) it finally dies.

  3. Bought a Brand new 2014 F250 6.7L in October 2013. I have own the vehicle now for 5 months.

    November 2013: Had to take the vehicle back to dealer because water was leaking from inside the cab. Vehicle returned to me 3 days later and was told the factory never connected the drain tube that runs down the driver’s side front pillar.

    January 2014: The navigation system is worst than my wife. It has one job to do and is constantly lost. It constantly shows 500′-1000′ off route causing the GPS to constantly re-calculate. Brought it into the dealer and they had it back to me same day

    March 2014: Check engine light,. Next day the Diesel exhaust fluid light comes on (I had a full reservoir of DEF). Truck went into limp mode and restricted my speed to 50 mph. Long story short, the dealer told me the PCM (Primary computer module) needs to be changed. This is the “brain” of the entire truck!. As I write this, my truck has been at the dealer for 2 weeks with no estimate time of return from dealer.

    Unacceptable! I should have stayed with Tundra. this is what you get for a sticker price of $64,000?

  4. I own the F 250 King ranch 2012 model with the same Diesel engine as the 2014 model. Best vehicle I’ve owned. I did have to get the torque converter replaced but done under warranty. Truck has 10500 miles on it and I average 18 mpg city, with 22 highway which I find incredible with truck this size. Mpg gets better with more mileage on truck. Would definitely buy this again. I do wish it had the newer 2014 brake system though.

    • Thanks for the info. Looking to buy one to haul a fifth wheel. Have a ram 1500 right now. May make the switch.

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