KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz - Updated Date: 3/14/2014
Sometimes you just need to tow a 5th-wheel trailer, yank a house off its foundation, or pull that pesky canyon closed. For that, you need a heavy-duty pickup like the Ford Super Duty. A new 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel offers up 440 hp and an incredible 860 lb-ft of torque, the most in its class.
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The more powerful engine is a direct response to competition from the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500, both of which have ramped up their trucks' capabilities. The Super Duty has a loyal following that could never be seduced by the competition, but these improvements put the Ford trucks back on top in capability, and may even convert a few Ram and Chevy owners in the process.
If you're looking for a full-size, super-capable pickup that's also comfortable and – dare we say – luxurious, the 2015 Ford Super Duty serves it up.
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If you like the big-truck look, but don't need or want that much capability, then the half-ton Ford F-150 offers similar styling and features with a much lower price tag. Manual transmission fans will have to look to RAM to meet their needs.
What's New for 2015
With its upgraded engine, the 2015 Ford Super Duty handily trumps Chevy and Ram. With the new engine, stronger frame, and upgraded towing package, the 2015 F-350 can tow up to 26,500 pounds. Not enough? The even bigger 2015 F-450 can haul an amazing 31,200 pounds.
The name "Super Duty" sounds like something out of a comic book, and its capabilities put it in the league of superheroes. The Power Stroke diesel engine gets more power and torque this year, allowing the big-daddy Ford F-450 to tow and haul a combined weight of 40,000 pounds.
But, to paraphrase a comic, with great torque comes great chassis strength. The new Super Duties have that, too. The 2015 F-350 now has an optional high-capacity towing package that strengthens the chassis to the point where it's as tough as last year's F-450. The new 2015 F-450 adds industrial-strength 19.5-inch wheels and tires, plus an upgraded suspension and an increased capacity for towing a gooseneck trailer.
Yet this is no uncivilized work truck – add the new King Ranch trim and you're surrounded by soft leather and premium features.
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Ford's SYNC is more than just an easy way to organize music, navigation and cell-phone calls, it also lets the driver do all that while keeping his hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. If you're hauling as much as these trucks can carry, you'll want to avoid distractions.
A full-size heavy-duty cargo-and-trailer hauler isn't where you'd think to find luxury, but with soft leather, a heated steering wheel, and cooling front seats, the 2015 Ford Super Duty truck is an unexpected pleasure.
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