The owner's manual recommends going to a 15-40 oil if you'll be towing a lot in very hot conditions. At times on the highway, average mileage climbed close to 14 mpg, so we think it would be reasonable to expect that much and a little better on the highway once the engine is broken in. So we could've loaded up another 600 pounds of gear and people and dogs, and if we were heading for the river, we probably would have. Four one-inch gauges for boost, water temp, trans temp, and fuel are arrayed across the cluster. Steering remained within the expectations of a big truck with a straight front axle. In the end, it's likely our setup was slightly heavy on the rear axle.
But it's not rack-and-pinion, like an F-150, and you'll know it when you try to drift around a corner. Bore and stroke measure 3. With one of those and a fifth-wheel hitch, you can tow up to a 24,000-pound trailer, making a rig that could weigh up to 33,000 pounds and still be within the recommended capacity. And while the custom-spec car may have died a long time ago, the variety of permutations available from Ford's Louisville truck plant gives the Super Duty customer a chance at real customization, seemingly with more content variables than the U. The four-spoke steering wheel has embedded cruise control buttons on the left hand, and audio controls on the right.
Add a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty for peace of mind and you've got a segment-leading package. The rear seats share the same gorgeous leather trim and offer adult legroom and adult headroom, though they do not recline or adjust. That axle, rated to carry 6100 pounds, was probably not in jeopardy, but we'd be driving with a chassis that had less-than-ideal front-to-rear weight distribution. The instruments consist of a large tach 5000 rpm, no redline and speedometer to 100 mph. The brakes have great feel and provide a solid sense of control, but when you put your foot all the way into the stop pedal, there's just a little less there. We didn't ride in the back, but it would be a space two adults could occupy without feeling penalized.
Ask it for instant power, and there's a moment of hesitation before it finds the right gear and hooks up. Accessing the bed is made easier — and safer — by the why-didn't-they-think-of-this-before tailgate step option. Like a lot of diesels, an engine-block heater is recommended when temp is -10 degrees F, which is more a precaution against fuel waxing than for engine protection. To prolong engine life, it is recommended that the hot engine be idled three to five minutes to allow the turbos to cool down. Our test route took us up the 4190-foot Cajon Pass, a section of Interstate 15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas known for wind and heat. Lariat and King Ranch owners will enjoy dual-zone climate control.
Constituting some 40 percent of Ford's F-Series sales, the Super Duty is intended to secure the most profitable segment of the pickup market. Our test unit also had a rearview camera, mounted in the tailgate, which displays on the nav screen. This was then translated into the power an engine could produce. They're small, rather vaguely numbered, but they do keep tabs on critical functions. In back Ford includes a hitch receiver — matched to each model's capabilities — on every Super Duty, along with seven-pin and four-pin connectors. Given the importance of towing capability to the Super Duty mission, the receiver is a standard feature any owner can appreciate. There is no center headrest, but there is a fixture for a car seat, and a 12-volt power plug - one of three in the cabin.
The difference, then, is that diesel torque is a huge advantage when you're towing a load, and especially a big one. Diesel versus GasEverything about the 6. Ford offers three engine choices for work, play or any combination of the two. As far as resale values, Ford's residuals are slightly higher than Chevrolet's when compared over time, and both trump those of Dodge. The Cabela's package features aniline leather trim, which is truly flawless, and the seats are nicely stitched. It's not a practical process when you're holding up a line of big-rigs 10 trucks long, but it would be more accurate.
You'll know it has two straight axles more by the steering than the ride quality, which is surprisingly good even with 20-inch wheels and rock-hard E-rated tires at 60 psi. The largest engine in the series is the 6. The temp gauges never budged, with outside temperatures over 82 degrees. Turns out our combination weighed 13,700 pounds with load, hitch, and driver. Our test driver noted the same thing during 60-to-0 panic stops at the track, where it took 161 feet to bring the Super Duty to a full stop.
This engine uses an iron block and aluminum heads. The driver's seat is well shaped and supportive, firm but not hard. When you have boost, you burn fuel, so that may be part of the reason. With a conventional weight-carrying hitch, the max towing recommendation is 6000 pounds and, according to the tire label, the front axle can handle 5600 pounds and the rear 6100 pounds of load. . There are two memory switches that can recall seat and mirror settings. That's not bad for a truck that weighs 7500 pounds with driver, especially when the testing included so much high-traffic, around-town driving, and some track flogging as well.