- The Ford F-250 and the Ford F-350 are both part of the Super Duty family of trucks, which got a mid-cycle refresh for 2020.
- A few 2020 updates include revised aesthetics, a new 7.3-liter gas engine option and the Tremor off-road model.
- These trucks are very similar, though they differ in their towing and hauling capabilities.
Full-size, light-duty trucks might get more attention, but the unsung heroes in the heavy-duty segment are the ones that do the heavy lifting. Some of the most popular entries in HD pickups are in Ford’s Super Duty line of trucks. Two of the most popular choices are the F-250 and the F-350, which look very similar and have almost identical names. So, what’s really the difference between these two trucks?
We wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t tell these two trucks apart if they were parked right next to each other. Visually, these trucks are almost identical, but one big difference between the two is that the F-350 is available in a dual-rear-wheel “dually” configuration, and the F-250 is not. The dually setup yields better towing and hauling capabilities that we’ll dive into shortly. See the 2020 Ford F250 models for sale near you
The Super Duty trucks get a slight visual face-lift for 2020. They maintain their traditional, boxy profiles, but the front end has been tweaked a bit to help keep it looking modern. It has some new color options inside and out, and there’s a new off-road-ready Tremor trim with a mean look to match its off-road chops.See the 2020 Ford F350 models for sale near you
If you’ve been behind the wheel of a Ford truck from the last decade or so, you won’t find a lot of surprises on the inside of these trucks. The interior is very familiar with a spacious, practical, no-nonsense design. All controls and storage compartments are easy to reach and use for the driver, and you won’t hear any complaints about a lack of space from your passengers.
There’s an extremely wide range of interior accommodations in these trucks. You can get either a no-nonsense work truck with vinyl seats and crank windows in the base trim or a very well-appointed luxury vehicle in the range-topping Limited trim with plush leather seating, the latest technology and high-end materials throughout the cabin. With plenty of trims and option packages in-between, there’s a Super Duty for every budget.
These trucks both have three engine options available, one of which is a 7.3-liter gas-powered V8 that is brand new for 2020. As we mentioned before, one of the biggest differences between these trucks is that the F-350 is available as a dually and the F-250 is not. Rear-wheel drive is standard and 4-wheel drive is optional for both trucks. Unfortunately, fuel economy ratings for these trucks are not available from the Environmental Protection Agency.
2020 Ford F-250 and Ford F-350 Engines
- 6.2-liter V8; 385 horsepower, 430 lb-ft of torque
- 7.3-liter V8; 430 hp, 475 lb-ft of torque
- 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8; 475 hp, 1,050 lb-ft of torque
Although both trucks have the same three engines available under the hood, they differ when it comes to their maximum towing and payload capacities. These numbers can get a little complicated because they vary depending on your choice of cab, box, 4WD, axle ratio, and a few other factors. We won’t list all of the numbers here, or this article would get very long. Instead, you can see the numbers for yourself on Ford’s towing guide for the 2020 Super Duty models. The short story is that the F-350 offers greater maximum towing and hauling capabilities than the F-250.
These two trucks offer the same set of features. While the base XL trim feels pretty sparse on the inside, it has some impressive standard features, including a Wi-Fi hot spot and automatic high-beams — plus some of the basics, such as air conditioning and steering wheel audio controls. If you opt for the XLT trim or higher, you’ll get a nice suite of driver assistance features that includes blind-spot monitoring, automatic forward emergency braking and lane-departure warning.
There’s some new trailering tech available, including the Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist and the Trailer Reverse Guidance systems. These do exactly what their names imply — they make it much easier to back up a trailer than using your mirrors and looking behind you. Using additional cameras, you can see everything that’s going on around your trailer from the convenience of your infotainment screen. However, one small annoyance with these systems is that they don’t allow you to check on your trailer while you’re driving forward like Ford’s GM competitors do.
The base prices of these trucks are pretty similar, but the F-350 gets quite a bit more expensive on the high-end, mainly because of its available dually configuration. The F-250 has a starting MSRP of $34,035, and the F-350 starts at $35,550. The most expensive version of the F-250 is the Limited 4WD model with the 8-ft box, which starts at $84,130. The priciest F-350 is the dually Limited 4WD model, which starts at $87,110. Both trucks have a wide variety of trims and option packages available between the top and the bottom of their model ranges, ensuring that you can find the perfect truck for your wants, your needs and your budget.
Which truck is right for you depends on what you intend to use it for. If you like the F-150, but want the extra capability of the Super Duty engines, then the F-250 is a great choice. If you’re going to be towing and hauling some very heavy loads regularly, then the extra muscle of a dually F-350 might be needed. Check Ford’s towing guide and cross-reference it with what you’re planning on towing to find the perfect Super Duty configuration for you. Find a Ford F250 for sale or Find a Ford F350 for sale