The Ford F-series Super Duty trucks go above and beyond. While the Ford F-150 is a good all-around pickup, but Ford Super Duty trucks tackle the big jobs the F-150 can't. In this preview guide, we'll take on this big truck, telling you what's new for 2019 and what makes the Ford F-350 stand out.
What's New For 2019?
The Ford F-350 isn't just a big, burly truck. The upper trims can be as comfortable and luxurious or rugged and stylish as you please. The big news for 2019 is the Ford F-350's new Lariat Sport package. If you ask, ‘Does it come in black?' this package answers with a resounding yes. Available only on the mid-tier Lariat trim with Crew Cab, this package gives you black-painted 20-inch wheels, spray-in bedliner, and black trim. That ought to turn a few heads at the work site.
On top of that, a Bang & Olufsen Play Stereo replaces the Sony stereo system. This is a trend that you'll see across the entire Ford lineup, and represents a brand-wide deal with B&O. We consider the new stereo system an upgrade, as up-and-coming B&O has proven to possess more quality than its Sony competition.
The raw power is the real reason anyone buys a Super Duty truck, the Ford F-350 being no exception. The F-350's mighty standard 6.2-liter V8 engine delivers 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque and its even mightier turbocharged 6.7-liter diesel V8 engine does more, to the tune of 450 horsepower and a whopping 935 lb-ft of torque. What does that mean for its work capability? How about 32,000 pounds of towing capacity and a class-leading 7,640 payload capacity? You may never need that much hauling potential but it's there when you do.
That's real power. Hit the gas and experience of brief pause while the engine gathers power followed by a burst of unrelenting torque. Whether you're slinging mud at the job site or taking the kids to school, the Ford F-350 will give you a responsive and smooth ride that rivals much smaller vehicles.
It was a grand experiment that paid off. When Ford announced that its F-series trucks, starting with the F-150, would be partially composed of a military-grade aluminum alloy to make the trucks lighter, many people were understandably concerned. Would that weaken the truck, and therefore the brand? The experiment was a success. Ford trucks are just as strong as ever and hundreds of pounds lighter, and the aluminum has spread to the Super Duty trucks and even the full-size Ford Expedition SUV.
The Ford F-350 benefits from this change as well. This Super Duty received the aluminum makeover in 2017 and hasn't looked back. That keeps the payload capacity high, the acceleration responsive, and the fuel economy a hair better. (We can't provide gas mileage numbers, since the EPA doesn't test trucks this size.) As a result of the aluminum, you'll feel a little more connected to your truck and not so tied to the ground. We like the direction the F-series trucks are going. They just keep getting better with age.