For Ford F-350 drivers, performance is a big deal. That's why you're going to want to go with the 2016 Ford F-350, which tows more weight than the used 2012 Ford F-350. This is especially true when you go with the turbocharged, 6.7-liter diesel V8 engine. It produces 440 horsepower and 860 pound-feet of torque. That's right - 860 pound-feet of torque. With that kind of output, towing max loads of 19,000 pounds feels incredibly easy. Add a fifth-wheel setup and you can increase max ratings to 26,500 pounds.
With the used 2012 Ford F-350, the diesel V8 only produced 400 horses and 800 pound-feet of torque. It might have been pretty powerful, but it just can't keep up with the 2016 version. Depending on configuration, this diesel engine could tow max loads of 17,500 pounds. With a fifth-wheel setup, you could tow up to 22,700 pounds. Still, if you've got seriously heavy loads to tow, the 2016 is clearly your best option.
As you shop for your heavy-duty pickup truck, keep in mind that, one day, you're going to need a new one. When you buy the 2016 Ford F-350, you can always count on an excellent trade-in value down the road. After all, newer vehicles are always worth more than older ones. If you were to buy the 2012 F-350 model now, you'd be starting at a disadvantage. But you can't get any newer than the 2016 model.
You should also note that, when you're the one and only owner of your pickup truck, you can be certain that it's in the best possible hands. That is, you know that you're servicing it regularly and keeping it in top form to maintain the best trade-in value. That's not the case when you buy a used 2012 F-350 - then you might never know for sure what you're getting.
As you can see, the 2016 Ford F-350 has come a long way in just four years. With this baby, there's practically no limit to the amount you can tow and haul. That is, the 2016 F-350 tackles major jobs without even breaking a sweat. Not only that, but, when it comes time to buy a new pickup truck, you'll be ahead of the game with the best possible trade-in value. Take the F-350 out for a test drive today!