Without venturing into the realms of the chassis cab, the 2018 Ford F-350 is one of the most capable trucks you can get right now, especially since last year's impressive redesign.
2018 Ford F-350
Why Buy the Ford F-350?
You buy a Ford F-350 because you need more capability than there is in an F-250, but not as much as comes with an F-450. As far as the vehicles themselves are concerned, the F-250, F-350 and F-450 are pretty similar--it's a matter of finding the right size for your needs.
The entire Super Duty line was redesigned last year for the first time in around 17 years, so the F-350 is now as advanced and cutting-edge in terms of its design and build as the hugely popular F-150 light-duty pickup. Aluminum and high-strength steel are among the most prevalent materials now used in building the F-350, but the fact leather is also an essential component tells you how luxurious it can be.
How Much Can the F-350 Tow?
For the most part, pickups like the F-350 are all about towing, but Super Duty models are as much about doing the towing day-in, day-out as they are about the maximum load they can handle. But as far as towing capability is concerned, don't assume the F-350 is a long way behind the F-450, because it isn't.
In fact, the maximum towing capacity of the F-350 is just 500 pounds less than the F-450 at 32,000 pounds. The GVWR is identical at 14,000 pounds, but the GCWR is a little lower than the 450 at 40,000 pounds. But thanks to its lower weight, the F-350 leaves its bigger brother in the dust when it comes to payload, as the F-350 is rated 2,310 pounds higher with a maximum rating of 7,630 pounds.
Which F-350 is Best?
Unless you're intending to use your new pickup as purely a hardcore work vehicle, often operating in the dirtiest and muddiest of environments, the best F-350 you can have is probably the highest trim level.
Five different trim levels are available, which start with the XL. The XL is really a fleet vehicle, designed as a no-frills workhorse. That's not to say that the XL doesn't have the basics, because it does, but if you're also going to be using your F-350 for more pleasurable pursuits you'll definitely want to go for the XLT or above. Looking for some serious opulence? Make sure you check out the King Ranch and Platinum models, as their cabs can rival some luxury sedans.
What Engine Options Does the F-350 Come With?
Like the rest of the Super Duty lineup, the F-350 is available with two distinct engine options. The standard unit is a V-8 gas engine and the alternative is the now ubiquitous turbo diesel. There's no lack of capability with either, but generally speaking, if you intend to do some very serious towing and hauling with your truck, the diesel will be the better option.
The standard gas engine is a 6.2-liter V-8 that develops 385 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque, which is quite a bit of power. However, the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel sees it and raises it with 440 horsepower and a frankly massive 925 lb.-ft. of torque.