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2018 Ford Super Duty Introduction


The Ford Super Duty pickups were redesigned for the 2017 model year. Therefore, there are only minor changes for the 2018 model year including a rearview camera standard on all models. Trim levels range from basic work trucks to near-luxury haulers: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum, along with the new Limited edition. XL trucks are likely to be found at work sites, Lariats are often seen pulling hobby trailers.

Three cab configurations are offered, along with two cargo bed sizes and a pair of powertrain possibilities. Standard engine is Ford’s 6.2-liter V8, rated at 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Mating with a 6-speed automatic transmission, an F-250 with conventional hitch is capable of towing as much as 15,000 pounds, depending on configuration.

A 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 is the practical, if more costly, choice for intense towing and long-distance hauling. Developing 450 horsepower and a whopping 925 pound-feet of torque. Employing a different 6-speed automatic, a turbodiesel F-450 model can be equipped to tow up to 17 tons.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive is available on all Super Duty models. Cargo beds may be either 6 feet 9 inches long, or stretch to 8 feet.

Crash-testing of the 2017 F-250 Crew Cab with rear-wheel drive, by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, yielded a five-star rating overall and for frontal and side impacts. Regular Cab and SuperCab models didn’t fare quite as well. Only the side-impact figure (five-star) was announced for 2018 models. Rollover protection, a calculated figure, has scored four stars with rear-drive and a worrisome three stars with four-wheel drive.

As for active safety technology, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision and lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control are available. Automatic emergency braking is not.

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