On paper, the advantage of the 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty compared to its brother, the F-350 is not very significant. And depending on the configuration, the F-450 can actually have a lower maximum payload rating than the F-350. That’s okay because drivers who often pull heavy load know there is more than just a number.
The 2018 Ford F-450 is wider on the front and rear, it’s almost 5 inches in front and more than a foot in the rear, and the standard long-bed and crew-cabin configuration gives this model a long wheelbase and width to keep the bulky and tall trailer at bay. The wider front track also allows the F-450’s front wheel to turn sharper, providing better maneuverability.
Although there are other heavy duty trucks on the market, the 2018 Ford F-450 is the only 1.5-ton truck available as a regular pickup for consumers. Ram and GM have trucks with similar capabilities, but it is a chassis cab-style truck for commercial use only. It’s important to remember that the F-450’s ability comes at a cost. Compared to the F-350, the F-450 is more expensive, using 19.5-inch commercial tires, and has a less comfortable ride, especially when unladen. However, if you have a big trailer to tow, and you want the most capable pickup to pull it, the F-450 is the only best option.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty is a full-size, heavy-duty pickup available in the base XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trim levels. It is only available with a crew-cab body, an 8.2-foot bed and a dual-rear-wheel axle.
Standard equipment for the base XL trim includes 19.5-inch tires with polished alloy wheels, automatic headlights, front tow hooks, LED roof marker lights, black bumpers and grille, intermittent wipers, running boards, manually telescoping towing mirrors, a removable locking tailgate with tailgate lift assist and a 3-inch trailer hitch receiver. Inside you’ll get manual windows and door locks, a driver information display, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 40/20/40-split front seat, a 60/40-split rear seat, vinyl upholstery, vinyl floor covering, a dual glovebox, an overhead console with storage bins, a rearview camera and a six-speaker audio system.
The 2018 Ford F-450 XLT get keyless entry, a chrome grille and bumpers, four locking cleats in the bed, power windows and locks, power-adjustable and heated mirrors, cruise control, cloth upholstery and carpeting, rear privacy glass, rear underseat lockable storage, a 4.2-inch display, a rearview camera, a USB charging port, the Sync voice-controlled infotainment system, a CD player and satellite radio.
The Lariat trim adds foglights, rear parking sensors, a power-sliding rear window, tubular side steps, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded mirrors including power-folding and telescoping side mirrors, driver-side auto dimming, and integrated LED spotlights. Inside there an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals, power-adjustable front seats with a center console, a leather upholstery, a rear-seat center armrest, two 110-volt household-style power outlets, upgraded Sync 3 voice-controlled infotainment system, an 8-inch center touchscreen and a premium Sony 10-speaker audio system with two additional USB ports.
The 2018 Ford F-450 King Ranch trim adds keyless ignition and entry, automatic high beams, LED box lighting, automatic wipers, a body-colored grille, unique fender badges, accent-color bumpers and lower body trim, remote start, a power tilt-and-telescoping and heated steering wheel, an easy entry-and-exit driver seat, heated and ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings and a navigation system.
The Platinum trim adds a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, LED foglights, LED headlights, LED taillights, adaptive steering, a built-in tailgate step, a remote tailgate release, illuminated door scuff plates, a leather and wood-trimmed heated steering wheel and multi-contour front seats with massage.
The 2018 Ford F-450 Limited is four-wheel-drive only and add a panoramic sunroof, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a trailer-towing and surround-view camera system and a Limited-exclusive two-tone leather interior.
Many features on higher trim are available as options on the rest of the lineup. Other options include a spray-in bedliner, trailer tire-pressure monitoring, a fifth-wheel/gooseneck hitch prep package, a separate rearview camera that can be mounted on the trailer.
The 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty is powered by a turbocharged 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel V8 engine that produces an impressive 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque. That engine puts the power to the ground through a six-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive and dual-rear-wheel configuration are standard.
In performance testing, the 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8 seconds.
Properly equipped, the 2018 Ford F-450 can tow conventional trailers up to 21,000 pounds. The limit on fifth-wheel trailers is 27,500 pounds, and gooseneck trailers max out at 32,500 pounds. Every F-450 have a maximum payload rating of 5,320 pounds, which is higher than the F-350 crew cab but not as high as an F-350 dually with a regular cab, which is not offered here.
Go inside the 2018 Ford F-450, and you’ll find a cabin that feels more spacious than the previous model. An additional 3-inch comes from the larger aluminum crew cabin now sharing with the newly redesigned F-150.
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-450 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.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Ford F-450 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 official price for the base F-450 XL starts from $54,560. The XLT trim starts at $59,380 and the Lariat trim carries a price tag of $66,450. The western-themed design King Ranch starts at $73,385 and the Platinum trim carries a starting price tag of $78,130. The new range-topping Limited model starts at $86,285.