2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 Expert Review

4.5 Overall Score
Performance 4.2 Comfort 4.1 Styling 4.5 Value 4.3

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty caters to those who need more than what a half-ton truck offers. The Super Duty is a perennial favorite for those in heavy industries like logging, construction and oil exploration. With a maximum 34,000-pound tow rating and lightweight aluminum body, the Super Duty is one of the most advanced full-size pickups available.

You'll Like The 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 If...

If the 2018 Super Duty’s best-in-class towing and payload figures don’t win you over, its stylish cabin, rigid aluminum body and powerful diesel-engine option certainly will.

You May Not Like The 2018 Ford Super Duty F-250 If...

If price is a major concern, a loaded Super Duty may not be your best choice. The aluminum body is still relatively new, so any drawbacks have yet to be revealed.

What's New

Fresh from its introduction last year, the 2018 Ford Super Duty heavy-duty pickup sees only one major change of note, that being a new Limited trim. When fully loaded, the Limited pushes the Super Duty’s price tag close to 6-digit territory.

Interior Features

All three cabs are roomy and built for comfort, as the Super Duty’s cab now strongly resembles that of the F-150. While you can get a basic cabin, there is no shortage of luxury options. The highfalutin cowboy-themed King Ranch, Platinum and the top-of-the-line Limited all coddle you in yards of leather and offer all the power-operated equipment you want. The front seats boast options such as heating and cooling, 10-way-power adjustment and seat massagers. Sync 3 serves as an intuitive hub for multimedia (including Apple CarPlay) and navigation, and is surrounded by plenty of easy-to-use controls.

Exterior Features

The Super Duty's latest redesign sharpened up the style of the grille, headlights, mirrors, doors and even the shape of the fender flares. However, more significant than that is what's underneath. The body and bed are made from high-strength military-grade aluminum. This move reduces weight without sacrificing toughness, and even though Ford reinvested some of that weight in a stronger frame, axles and brakes, the truck is still lighter than the last-generation Super Duty. Notable features include the next-generation tailgate step, LED lighting, power running boards, storable loading ramps, and a power-locking tailgate you can open with the remote.

Driving Impressions

Regardless if the 2018 Ford Super Duty pickup is equipped with the 6.2-liter gasoline V8 or 6.7-liter turbodiesel, torque is never in short supply. Acceleration is swift by full-size truck standards, as is passing and pulling power. The diesel’s 925 lb-ft of torque serves up an impressive 34,000-pound max tow rating, although most models in the Super Duty lineup range between 15,000 and 18,000 pounds when using conventional towing methods. Inside the roomy cabin there’s a feeling of familiarity, which is to be expected as the Super Duty now shares its dash and seats with the half-ton Ford F-150. On the road, the Super Duty’s cabin is surprisingly well isolated from the outside world, with a compliant suspension and available Adaptive Steering that can adjust steering effort depending on vehicle speed.

Pricing Notes

The F-Series Super Duty is offered as a regular cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab, with multiple bed lengths and 2- or 4-wheel drive. There are seven trim levels: XL, STX, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. It's easy for a truck in this segment to get expensive, and the F-Series Super Duty is no exception. You can get a regular cab F-250 XL with the 6.2-liter V8 for a relatively fleet-friendly Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just shy of $33,700. However, move up to the F-350 Crew Cab Limited with dual rear wheels and order options, and it's possible to pay $85,000 or more. Base pricing is similar to the Chevy Silverado HD2500/3500, Ram 2500/3500 Heavy-Duty, and GMC Sierra HD2500 or HD3500, but Silverado and Sierra HDs top out at lower prices. Check KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what this truck is going for in your area.

Notable Equipment

The F-Series Super Duty comes standard with a 4-speaker AM/FM stereo, air conditioning, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, black vinyl floor covering, 2.3-inch productivity screen within the instrument cluster, and two power points and an aux jack. Standard with the regular-cab F-250 Super Duty is the 8-foot bed, manually telescoping trailer mirrors, 17-inch wheels, damped tailgate, tie-down hooks and tow hooks. On the safety side, all Super Dutys come with 4-wheel power disc brakes, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, and Trailer Sway Control. Power door locks and windows are optional.

Notable Options

You can make an F-Series Super Duty as posh as you like, as functional as you like, or anywhere in between. If you so choose, adorn the cabin with buttery leather, 10-way-power heated/cooled massaging front seats, adaptive cruise control, Sync 3, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a 2-panel moonroof. Available features make it easier to attach a snowplow or camper, a 5th-wheel or gooseneck trailer, or make the truck more off-road capable. The 7-camera trailer-tow camera system includes a handy 360-degree camera. Other options include a front camera washer, a vehicle safe and a 48-gallon fuel tank.

Favorite Features

ADAPTIVE STEERING

Ford’s Adaptive Steering system assists in tight parking-lot maneuvers as well as when towing a trailer. For a mere $685, Adaptive Steering delivers the variable-ratio assist of an electric unit but the feel and fluidity commonly associated with a hydraulic setup.


DRIVER ASSIST TECH

Seven electronic eyes assist with everything from connecting a trailer to revealing objects outside the driver’s line of sight. The numerous camera lenses can show a 360-degree view around the truck, as well as a 180-degree forward view. Blind-spot monitors take into account the trailer’s blind spot, and the tire-pressure monitor keeps tabs on both the truck and trailer.


Under the Hood

The gasoline V8 has 430 lb-ft of torque, plus it's backed by a lightweight and efficient 6-speed automatic transmission. The Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 puts out 440 horsepower, and torque is an impressive 925 lb-ft. There should be no concern about range anxiety, as there's a 48-gallon fuel tank available. Trucks in this size category are not rated for fuel economy. As is the case with nearly all diesel engines, the Power Stroke requires the use of Diesel Exhaust Fluid.


6.2-liter V8

385 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm

430 lb-ft of torque @ 3,800 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A


6.7-liter turbocharged diesel V8

440 horsepower @ 2,800 rpm

925 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: N/A

Editors' Notes

The 2018 Ford F-Series Super Duty caters to those who need more than what a half-ton truck can accomplish, making the Super Duty a favorite for such heavy industries as logging, construction and oil exploration. Ford’s F-250, F-350 and F-450 are also popular with those needing to tow a large luxury trailer or an oversized powerboat. And, while competitors like the Ram 2500/3500 Heavy-Duty, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra HD, and Nissan Titan XD offer considerable towing ability, the Ford Super Duty remains king of the hill at a maximum 34,000 pounds when equipped with a gooseneck hitch. Along with its lightweight aluminum body, the 2018 Super Duty also offers one of the plushest cabins ever put into a full-size pickup.

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