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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.
Braking capability and payload and towing capacity have been increased in what seems a never-ending quest for bragging rights in the heavy-duty truck segment. The 2013 F-Series Super Duty can now conventionally tow up to 18,500 pounds, and has a maximum 5th-wheel trailer tow rating of 24,700 pounds. Also new are the Platinum trim and availability of the Sync infotainment system with MyFord Touch.
The big news for 2011 is found beneath the Super Duty's hood, where a new 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel pumps out 390 horsepower and 735 pound-feet of torque; also new is a 6.2-liter gasoline V8 good for 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to an all-new heavy-duty six-speed automatic transmission.
A new spray-in bedliner is available later in the model year, while the SYNC communications and entertainment system is enhanced with an application that allows users to get personalized traffic reports, search local business listings, and find the best price on fuel.
Two new trims, the Harley-Davidson and Cabela's editions, join the Super Duty line-up. Also new are an available spray-in bedliner, an integrated trailer brake controller and Ford's Work Solutions program that offers such unique features as in-dash Internet connectivity.
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.
By Dan on Sunday, March 31, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great.... when it runs"
Cons: "Diesel is unreliable and overpriced!!!!!!!!!!!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"Trucks in and out of the shop for similar problems with the turbo. I've become afraid to drive the thing because something could break. Is that what you get with a $55,000 truck?"
16 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By Jim on Sunday, December 30, 2012
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Power to spare, everything about it is great."
Cons: "having to pay for diesel fuel."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love my 2012 super duty. Has great power and towing capabilities. The 4x4 system is excellent with the locker in the rear, this truck will go just about anywhere."
21 people out of 24 found this review helpful
By New Ford guy on Saturday, August 17, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,500overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Power and comfort"
Cons: "mileage little low but not bad, DEF cost."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I had my F-250 for almost a year. I love this truck this is my second diesel and love it. The power is great and rides very good for a heavy duty truck. The only con is the factory tires which are michelins are wearing faster than they should. I pull a 36ft travel trailer that 10k lbs when load with all our stuff. The truck handles the load great and the mileage is about what I expected loaded (10-13 mpg at 70 mph)."
13 people out of 15 found this review helpful