The Ford F-350, a Super Duty truck with dual rear wheels for stability when towing, is available in regular, extended and crew cab to allow for more passengers while heading to work or towing the trailer for play. Numerous colors can allow the owner to match the newest truck to his fleet or to the camper or trailer being hauled to the ideal vacation spot.
The 1999 F-350 was Ford's first attempt at giving its heavy-duty models style to go with their power and reliability. Prior to 1999, the F-150 and F-350 were indistinguishable by looking at the truck. Introduced with a 5.4-liter V8 as the standard engine, the F-350 can fit up to six adults in the extended and crew cabs. The 2011 F-350 has been re-vamped to offer the amenities today's technology has to offer in addition to the hard-working exterior. Ford's Sync electronics interface and its latest navigation system have been incorporated into the F-350, and minor cosmetic changes like a restructured front fender and different headlights are noticeable from the outside.
The F-350 offers a six-speed automatic transmission with either a 6.2-liter gasoline powered engine that offers 385 horsepower, or a 6.7-liter PowerStroke diesel offering 400 horsepower. Towing capacity is up to 14,000 pounds, hauling capacity is 4,600 pounds, and the new engines have successfully increased fuel economy. The new F-350 gets roughly 16 miles per gallon for city driving and 21 miles per gallon for highway travel. This is a projected increase of 15% over previous models of the F-350.
The 2011 F-350 also offers new technology in its Hill Start Assist to prevent rollback, an Electronic Locking Differential, and a 4.2 LCD screen that provides information for trailer brake control and Tow Haul. Previous models such as the 2009, lauded for towing and hauling capacity, ride and handling, fell short in power compared to other base V8 engines in heavy-duty pickups and had lesser quality steering.
Trim options for the F-350 are varied and appealing. From the base level XL, midlevel XLT and the FX4, which is the off-road package, to the Harley Davidson package and the Cabela's trim level, this truck can be fun and work hard. While not necessarily the forerunner in its category, the F-350 is definitely a strong competitor equal with the others in its class
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