When people buy a Super Duty, they aren’t interested in the fuel mileage, how many speakers the stereo has or what safety features it has. The first question always is ‘how much can it haul?’ This is directly related to ‘how much torque does it have?’ The 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty is particularly impressive in this area, with 935 ft-lbs of torque on tap. People normally talk about horsepower, but torque is what really pulls the weight, and this Super Duty can pull as much as a staggering 34,000lbs when configured the right way. That’s a whopping figure for a non-commercial vehicle, and it means that you can pull just about any trailer you want.
But what about all those other features? Our test vehicle was the Platinum edition and it has them all. That includes heated/cooled massage seats to lane assist and emergency braking to 360-view camera to Apple car-play and Android Auto with a Sony 10-speaker audio system. There’s nothing you don’t get in this truck that you’d get in most luxury cars, and it’s about one of the most comfortable cabins you can sit in despite all the muscle. The harsh ride when it’s empty is one of the few clues that this truck can carry so much. Because the body is made from aluminum, there is less truck weight to carry, so the capabilities go up.
Another amazing interior feature is the panoramic moonroof – which is basically the entire roof of the truck. There’s something satisfying about sitting that high off the ground with that much power under you right foot, but the sun streaming in from above. It helps add to the feeling you get driving this – and that feeling is that you’ve arrived. You’re not an apprentice starting your first day on the jobsite, you’re the supervisor now. And you better be, since our truck optioned out to essentially $80k. That’s a lot of money for a fancy work truck, but it manages to feel worth it, given how nice it is on the inside, and how incredible the engine is.
The looks are now shared more closely with the F-150 since they use some of the same cab panels, but the Super Duty is taller. There’s an imposing look from the massive front grille and headlights. It’s just plain cool to look at, and that really ties the whole thing together. While our test model had about every bell and whistle you could add on, the Super Duty is available in an almost infinite number of cab, bed, engine and option package configurations. From the singe-cab short bed F-250 to a crew-cab long bed Dually F-450, there’s a Super Duty out there for your specific needs. That’s what helped make the F-Series the best-selling truck for almost 40 years, and is often the best-selling vehicle in the world.
We can’t get over just how much is packed into the interior, from the supple leather seats to the wood inserts in the door panels, it feels more like a luxury SUV than a work truck. Combining that kind of game-changing combination of power and refinement has reset the bar for the segment. The competition really doesn’t offer what you can get in this Ford – either lagging in sheer power or in features or in ease of use. While some can match in one category or the other, this Ford remains the best overall package you can get, even if that means having to sell part of the farm to afford one. Or just work hard for that promotion, and drive in like the boss.
Special thanks to Ford Motor Company for providing the 2018 Ford F-250 for review.