2018 Ford F-250 vs. 2018 Ford F-350 Comparison
2018 Ford F-250 Crew Cab
Starting Price: $38,240 | Price yours
Above Average: Towing, hauling, high-tech towing and safety features
Below Average: Adding features and upgrading trims gets pricey
Consensus: Excellent mix of heavy-duty ability and full-size amenities
2018 Ford F-350 Crew Cab
Starting Price: $39,415 | Price yours
Above Average: Best-in-class towing and payload capacity, high-tech towing aids
Below Average: Massive long-wheelbase crew cab is over 22 feet long
Consensus: If you need to move a mountain, this is the truck for the job
The Ford F-250 and F-350 are the highest-volume sellers in the F-Series Super Duty line. (There’s also an F-450, as well as chassis cab options.) These heavy-duty trucks offer the highest towing capacity of any truck that you can legally drive without a commercial license, and the highest payload capacity. People who buy heavy-duty trucks are willing to pay a higher price for a truck, while sacrificing some ride quality, but in return get an amazingly capable truck. These are the trucks that allow for fifth-wheel or gooseneck towing. If you are considering the Ford F-250 and F-350, there are some factors that make them different, despite looking an awful lot alike.
Ford F-250 Advantages
Smaller than the F-350, the three-quarter-ton F-250 is easier to park and live with than the larger one-ton truck. It’s a well-rounded truck with plenty of capability: the F-250 can tow up to 18,000 pounds (conventional towing, or an 18,500-pound gooseneck trailer) and can carry as much as 4,200 pounds of payload. It also comes in at a lower starting price.
Ford F-350 Advantages
For those who are looking for even more capability out of their heavy-duty truck, the F-350 offers up to 21,000 pounds of towing capacity with a conventional hitch, and 32,000 pounds with a fifth-wheel. Maximum payload capacity is massive, too: imagine being able to carry more than 7,600 pounds of cargo. The F-350 is available with single or dual rear wheels.
Both offer regular, extended, and crew cab layouts, and for all intents and purposes the interiors are the same. Both trucks use military-grade aluminum body panels. Both come with a choice of a gas or a turbodiesel V8 engine, and there are a lot of towing, safety, and infotainment features that make these trucks easier to live and work with.
If you don’t need to tow more than 18,000 pounds, the F-250 is a nicely equipped truck with no shortage of available luxury-level amenities. However, if your towing and payload needs are higher, the F-350 is a solid choice that offers best-in-class capability.
|2018 Ford F-250||2018 Ford F-350|
|Engine||6.2-liter V8||6.2-liter V8|
|Horsepower||385 hp @ 5,750 rpm||385 hp @ 5,750 rpm|
|Torque||430 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm||430 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm|
|Transmission||Automatic, 6-speed||Automatic, 6-speed|
|Fuel Economy||Not rated||Not rated|
|Also Available||6.7-liter turbo diesel V8||6.7-liter turbo diesel V8|
|Warranty||3 years or 36,000 miles||3 years or 36,000 miles|
|NHTSA Overall Safety Rating||Not rated||Not rated|
|Max Seating Capacity||6||6|
|Wheelbase||141.6-176.0 inches||141.6-176.0 inches|
|Overall Length||231.8-266.2 inches||231.8-266.2 inches|
|Width||80.0 inches||80.0 inches|
|Height||77.9-81.5 inches||77.8-81.3 inches|
|Turning Diameter||49.5 feet||53.0 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.8 inches||40.8 inches|
|Headroom, Rear||40.4 inches||40.4 inches|
|Legroom, Front||43.9 inches||43.9 inches|
|Legroom, Rear||43.6 inches||43.6 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||66.7 inches||66.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Rear||65.9 inches||65.9 inches|
|Max Payload (Crew Cab)||3,880 pounds||6,950 pounds|
|Max Towing (Crew Cab)||18,000 pounds||21,000 pounds|