The Ford Super Duty F-350 has been one of the premier trucks in the medium-duty category since Ford first brought it on the market in 1999. Motortrend named the Ford Super Duty F-350 its Truck of the Year in 2017 when its fourth generation came on the market. What’s the secret of the Ford Super Duty F-350? Its impressive combination of raw power along with features that can be custom-tailored to any buyer’s needs.
Another great thing about the Ford Super Duty F-350 is how well it holds its value. According to caredge.com, an F-350 with an original sale price of $83,445 and driven an average of 12,000 miles per year, should still sell for 81% of its original sale price five years later.
There are a wide range of options with the F-350. These options mean there’s a wide variance in prices. The least expensive 2022 F-350 is the F-350 XL. The most expensive model is the F-350 Limited. The models come with the usual choices of regular cab, super cab, and crew cab. The bed lengths come in 6.75 feet and 8 feet options. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of different combinations of options you can choose to customize your F-350.
This article will touch on some of the power components of the F-350. But the primary focus is on the newer, less understood features of the F-350. These are the features that make your F-350 easier to drive, safer, and more comfortable than ever before.
There are six models of the Ford Super Duty F-350. In order of least expensive to most expensive, these are the XL ($39,960 MSRP base), the XLT ($44,995 MSRP base), the Lariat ($53,380 MSRP base), the King Ranch ($68,365 MSRP base), the Platinum ($71,680 MSRP base), and the Limited (90,055 MSRP base). For the more expensive models, there are better standard options available.
All F-350 models, except the Limited (diesel only), come with a standard 6.2L SOHC 2-valve Flex Fuel V8 engine. There are two other optional engine choices. If you want a diesel, you can choose the 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel. For a more powerful gasoline engine, you can choose the 7.3L 2V DEVCT NA PFI V8.
All models of the F-350 except the XL offer the same standard transmission. It’s a TorqShift 10-speed Automatic with Selectable Drive Modes: Normal, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Eco and Deep Sand/Snow.
The XL offers a TorqShift-G Six-Speed Automatic Transmission w/SelectShift Automatic as standard with an option to go with the TorqShift 10-speed. While the XLT offers the TorqShift-G Six-Speed Automatic w/SelectShift Automatic as an option, it, like the other models, offers the TorqShift 10-speed as standard.
All models of the F-350 offer the Live-Drive Power Takeoff (PTO) as an additional option. This option allows you to use your engine to power aftermarket snow plows, pumps, compressors, and other accessories.
FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot is standard across all F-350 models. This is available as a three-month trial subscription. After the trial, there’s a $20 to $25 monthly fee.
The rest of the standard and available options vary across the different models. These options include Sync, Sync 3 with 8-inch Center Stack, and Sync 4 for the touch screen, navigation, and voice control options. The Sync system integrates with Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
The stereo systems range from 4-speaker AM/FM stereo to 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereos for the higher-end F-350 models.
All models come with at least some parts of the Ford Co-Pilot 360 technology as standard. This system includes:
The higher-end models have more of these features as standard options. Many of these features are obvious, but some deserve a brief explanation.
This system makes backing up with a trailer as simple as turning a knob to control the direction of the trailer. Watch this helpful video to see it in action.
This cruise control recognizes speed limit signs and adjusts your speed accordingly. If traffic stops in front of you, your truck will stop. When traffic moves again, your truck will automatically start moving.
This BLIS system covers not just your truck, but also your trailer.
These headlights will automatically brighten when you’re on a dark stretch of road. But, if it senses an oncoming car, it will switch back to dim.
Going down a steep hill can be tough. It’s even harder when you’re towing a trailer. This system will automatically keep you at a set speed and apply the brakes when necessary.
This system adapts the steering depending on what you’re doing. It’s especially helpful when in tight situations like backing a trailer, as it requires less steering effort.
This camera provides images from all sides of your truck. This is really helpful when backing up.
With all these smart features to make your life easier, you might think the F-350 is a robot. But, no, it is still a tough truck built for hard work. These smart features allow you a more comfortable drive through traffic after a long day on the job or an easier time with difficult tasks like backing a trailer. You can still have a lot of fun driving this truck anytime you choose.