KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors
- Updated Date: 12/27/2013
The need for power and might in full-size pickup will likely cease when either gravity is reversed or the planet goes dark. Until such time, the 2014 Ford Super Duty line of pickups will continue to flourish anywhere big jobs need gettin' done. Although the Super Duty faces stiff competition from Chevy and Ram, the imports have yet to stake a claim in the world of three-quarter and one-ton trucks. As such, the Super Duty has earned a pretty loyal following, but to win over Ram and Chevy converts Ford sweetens the deal with a powerful line of gasoline and diesel engines, best in class conventional towing and payload, plus a number of innovative features aimed at improving comfort and safety.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for a powerful truck that is also capable, comfortable and even downright luxurious, the 2014 Ford Super Duty serves up all three attributes in a vehicle that is not overly ornate or cartoonish.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you find yourself liking the look and feel of a full size Super Duty, but you don't really need its towing or payload capacity, the half-ton Ford F-150 offers the same styling and features in a very capable vehicle with a much lower price tag. Manual transmission fans will have to look to RAM to meet their needs.
What's New for 2014
In the never ending battle for whose truck has the biggest numbers, Ford trumps Chevy and Ram this year by nudging the 2014 Ford Super Duty pickup to in impressive 18,500 pound conventional tow rating and an equally big 7,260 pound maximum payload capacity.
That the 2014 Ford Super Duty has an abundance of horsepower and torque is not in question. How it holds up over time, however, is equally important. To ensure the Super Duty doesn't shake itself apart, Ford includes each truck with a fully-boxed frame, thicker crossmembers and beefed-up C-Channel frame rails. The stiffer the chassis, the less prone to flexing and twisting, helping the Super Duty not only accomplish its towing and hauling tasks, but keeping to a minimum the number of squeaks and rattles that develop in the cabin over time. Despite its massive size and weight, the 2014 Ford Super Duty is quite stable and surprisingly easy to maneuver. The feel from the steering wheel is heavy, but direct with no play or vagueness. Toss in the available 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel and the Super Duty ups its conventional tow rating to an astounding 18,500 pounds, and 24,700 using a 5th wheel (F-450).
SYNC WITH MYFORD TOUCH
Ford's SYNC is more than just an easy way to organize music, navigation and cell phone calls – it's an important safety feature that lets the driver do all the aforementioned tasks while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. By reading incoming messages, SYNC can help avoid the distraction caused when trying to text and drive.
A heated steering wheel and cooling front seats are features expected of a premium luxury sedan, but finding them inside the 2014 Ford Super Duty trucks is an unexpected pleasure.
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