Ford F-Series Super Duty: a pickup that’s been to the gym


If you really need to get a really big job done, you need to call in a heavy hitter like Ford's medium duty F-250, F-350, and F-450. These powerful trucks have the highest-ever conventional, gooseneck and fifth-wheel towing and payload ratings.

What's new for the Super Duty?

As on the Ford F-150, the Super Duty is offered in ascending XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited trim levels.  In 2020, all Super Duty models get a new front-end design that improves cooling along with revised LED headlamps. Walk around back and you'll notice a bolder look, thanks to a redesigned tailgate, fresh new taillamps and a new rear bumper. The styling revisions aren't dramatic, but do give the Super Duty an updated appearance.  

Inside, Lariat models get a refresh, with new interior accents, while Platinum models get Onyx Argento wood. Limited cabins receive a total makeover accented in leather, coarse ash wood, and brushed aluminum trim. Decorative stitching accents the leather-wrapped instrument panel, wrapped door armrests, seating and center console lid, while Miko suede lines the ceiling. 

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Under the hood

What makes a Ford medium duty pickup truck superior to any other stems from one simple fact: among pickup manufacturers, only Ford designs and builds all of its heavy-duty engines and transmissions.

F-250s or F-350s get a gas-powered 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission on F-250s, and a 10-speed automatic transmission on F-350s.

Need more than that? Go for the new gas-powered 7.3-liter V-8, an optional engine that generates 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque through that 10-speed automatic. But before you commit, consider this: a 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbocharged V-8 diesel, good for 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque and a 10-speed tranny is standard on the F-450 and Super Duty Limiteds.


Given Super Dutys have a best-in-class maximum payload rating of 7,850 pounds, it goes without saying that these trucks are supremely capable. They can conventionally tow up to 24,200 pounds, fifth wheel tow up to 32,500 pounds, and gooseneck tow as much as 37,000 pounds - 1,500 pounds more than its closest competitor. But how much a specific model can carry or tow depends on the series, cab style, wheelbase, driveline, and axle ratio. 


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The highest tech Super Duty ever built

If you're working, you need to be connected no matter where your job takes you. The same can be said if you're on a backwoods adventure. So, it's reassuring to know that embedded 4G LTE Wi-Fi is standard and provides access for up to 10 devices is standard, along with wireless charging and USB-C ports.

Other advanced driver assistance features you're sure to value is lane-keeping alert, blind spot information with trailer coverage, forward collision warning alert, Trailer Sway Control, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking You'll find these digital assistants on all models except the base XL.

But perhaps the most useful feature is Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which makes backing up a trailer easy. With hands off the steering wheel, drivers use a knob to maneuver the trailer while viewing the rearview camera on a dash-mounted screen. It works on all types of trailers and is optional on XL, XLT and Lariat, and standard on King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited.

If you're looking for a new Ford Super Duty visit us here at Hertrich Ford in Elkton today. We are just a short drive from Newark, DE, Middletown and Red Lion