When a standard pickup is good enough for most people, commercial users and recreational enthusiasts need something more substantial. The 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty comes with a balance between maximum towing ability and dose of decency.
Together with his brother F-250 and F-450 Super Duty trucks, the F-350 received a major update last year. The new generation is stronger, more powerful and lighter, and its features are more luxurious and technology than ever. But basically, the 2018 F-350 role as a heavy-duty truck that combines hauling and towing capability with utility and long-distance comfort remains unchanged.
The frame is made of high-strength steel, while the body panels are made of lightweight aluminum. Ford says they are more dent-resistant and hundreds of pounds lighter than the previous generation, which helps offset the addition of the frame mass. Furthermore, the 2018 Ford F-350 cab is longer than before, which increases passenger space and comfort.
But today, a truck is more than just a body and frame, and the 2018 Ford F-350 is impressive with its tech features. The surround-view camera system allows the driver to park with perfect precision. There is also a remote camera available so you can see what behind the trailer hitch.
Combined with sophisticated driver features such as adaptive cruise control, leather interior that found on luxury cars, and the proven Sync 3 infotainment system, the 2018 Ford F-350 is a combination for every day driving, hauling large loads or a trip across the country.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty is a full-size, heavy-duty pickup sold in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trim levels. It available as a regular-cab, extended-cab (SuperCab) and crew-cab body, with a choice of 6.75 and 8-foot bed lengths.
Standard features for the Base XL include 17-inch steel wheels, intermittent wipers, manual front locking hubs (4WD models), manually telescoping towing mirrors, a rearview camera, a 2.5-inch trailer hitch receiver with a 2-inch insert, a removable locking tailgate with tailgate lift assist, manual windows and door locks, a driver information display, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, vinyl upholstery and a four-speaker audio system. Extended and crew-cab models get a six-speaker system.
The 2018 Ford F-350 XLT get 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, power side mirrors, four locking cleats in the bed, manually telescoping and power-adjustable heated mirrors with built-in turn signals, an alarm system, cruise control, power windows and locks, rear privacy glass (extended and crew-cab models), rear underseat lockable storage, cloth upholstery, a 4.2-inch display, the Sync voice-controlled infotainment system, a USB port, satellite radio and a CD player.
The 2018 Ford F-350 Lariat gets you an electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system (4WD models only), rear parking sensors, tubular side steps, power-folding and telescoping outside mirrors plus driver-side auto-dimming and integrated spotlights, a power-sliding rear window, power-adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, a rear center armrest, two 110-volt household-style power outlets, an upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch center touchscreen display and a premium Sony 10-speaker audio system with two USB charging ports.
The crew-cab King Ranch trim adds keyless entry and start, unique alloy wheels, automatic wipers, automatic high beams, LED box lighting, remote start, a power tilt-and-telescoping and heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings and a navigation system.
The 2018 Ford F-350 Platinum also only offered as crew-cab models get you 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic wipers, LED headlights, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, power running boards, a remote tailgate release, adaptive steering, a built-in tailgate step and multi-contour front seats.
The new Limited models include everything from the Platinum model along with a surround-view camera system, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and a Limited-exclusive two-tone leather interior.
The 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty is powered by a 6.2-liter gasoline V8 engine that delivers 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Also available is a 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine that produces an impressive 440 hp and 925 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are paired with an six-speed automatic transmissions. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive available as an option. The 2018 Ford F-350 is also available in both single and dual-rear-wheel configurations.
In performance testing, the 2018 Ford F-350 Diesel V8 4×4 Crew Cab accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds. Properly equipped, the F-350 can tow conventional trailers up to 18,000 pounds when fitted with single rear wheels and 21,000 pounds with dual rear wheels. The limit on fifth-wheel trailers is 27,500 pounds, and gooseneck trailers max out at a class-leading 32,000 pounds.
Payload ratings range from 4,470 pounds for a single-rear-wheel crew-cab 4×4 up to a maximum of 7,630 pounds for a regular cab, dual rear wheels and rear-wheel drive.
Inside, the 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty looks more spacious than its predecessor thanks to a shell body that shares with a recently revamped F-150 pickup. The extended-cabin model gets 6 inches in length, while the crew-cab model grows 3 inches longer than the previous model, thus making more spacious interior around.
The seat comfort is excellent in higher trim with a 10-way-adjustable power seat. The available multi-contour seats in the upper trim brings things to the next level with cooling, heating and built-in massage functions. The rear jump seat on the extended-cab model is still very suitable for children, but the crew cab back-bench now offers more space for adults to stretch out.
As for the features and quality materials, the 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty runs from plain to luxurious. The XL model is a working truck with vinyl floor coverings and upholstery and manual windows, mirrors and door locks, while the King Ranch, Platinum and Limited cabins are adorned with luxurious leather and sport all the comfort features of a luxury car.
Other smart features include a rear under-seat lockable storage area that folds flat when not in use and a two-place cupholder on the center console that can shift sideways to double its capacity. At the rear, the short and long-bed models use aluminum which is 20 percent thicker than the F-150 and is supported by more substantial cross members for better withstand heavy use. The long bed model also gets a new 48-gallon fuel tank that will improve the truck range between fill-ups.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Ford F-350 Super Duty is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the GMC Siera 3500HD, Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD and Ram 3500.
The base F-350 XL is priced from $35,355 ( include $1,295 destination fee). The XLT trim starts at $39,440 and the Lariat trim carries a price tag of $48,015. The western-themed design King Ranch starts at $57,235 and the Platinum trim carries a starting price tag of $63,620. The new range-topping Limited model starts at $83,685.