For those who need more
The average truck buyer looking at the Ford lineup is going to end up behind the wheel of the F-150. It’s the bestselling truck in the country, so you’ll be in good company. It comes in a wide range of trims and configurations, so it’s easy to find a version of the F-150 to fit your needs.
Whether you simply want a bed to haul supplies for weekend projects, a work truck, or something on par with a luxury car, there’s a version of the F-150 that has you covered. It’s a versatile and capable vehicle, but for those who need more, there’s the Super Duty lineup, which includes the Ford F-350.
The F-350 sits in the middle of the Super Duty line just above the F-250 and below the F-450. The higher the numbers in the F-series, the more capable and flat-out bigger the truck. The F-350 could be seen as the happy medium of the Super Duty trims, but there is nothing “medium” about driving one.
If you’re short, heck, even if you’re average height or tall, this truck feels huge when you’re behind the wheel. It takes some getting used to at first, and you will absolutely be looking for the largest space in the parking lot. Even if you’re smack between the parking lines, its size makes it hard to get out of if there are cars on either side of you.
We drove the F-350 Platinum, which sits near the top of the trim range. That means it has an interior befitting a luxury car with 10-way power driver and front passenger seats that are heated and cooled, leather seating surfaces, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. There are also adjustable pedals to help find a seating position that provides a good view of the road and deployable side steps to make getting in less of a challenge. Infotainment includes an 8-inch touchscreen with Ford’s Snyc3 featuring a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The interior is a spacious and well-equipped place for passengers, but if you’re going with a truck this large, then capability is at the top of your list. Our test vehicle featured a 6.7-liter V8 diesel engine with 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It makes short work of getting up to highway speeds despite the truck’s size, and that incredible amount of torque makes this truck a champ when it comes time to tow.
The F-350 has a maximum tow rating of up to 32,500 pounds when properly equipped and a maximum payload of up to 7,850 pounds. This isn’t the kind of truck you buy to haul trash to the dump on a Saturday morning. It’s the truck you buy when you have serious work in your future.
Whether you’re towing a trailer or filling the bed with a smaller load, the Ford F-350 is a capable and attractive choice. It offers a combination of creature comforts with impressive towing that makes getting the job done easy.
Pricing for the 2020 Ford F-350 Platinum starts at $65,905.