Ford F-350 Reviews
The Ford F-350 is part of Ford’s F-Series Super Duty line. The F-Series family also includes the standard F-150, a truck that’s been a longtime best seller for the brand. The F-350 serves the one-ton pickup truck class and is available with three cab styles and two bed sizes. It comes in rear- and four-wheel drive configurations and a dual rear axle layout is also available.
2008 to Present: Ford F-350
Introduced for 2008, the second-generation Ford F-350 has an enormous front grille that’s amplified by a pair of thick horizontal chrome strips. On either side are oversized headlamp assemblies. A smaller, lower grille opening is hemmed in by chrome-edged fog lamps.
Each truck is distinguished by a massive hood, pronounced character lines and deep body sculpting. From the rear, step bumpers, chrome touches and an easy drop-down tailgate are present.
Regular-cab provide seating for two or three, while extended-cab and crew-cab models come with a rear bench seat that accommodates three, giving these trucks room for five or six people.
When initially released, the second-generation Ford F-350 offered a standard 5.4-liter V8 good for 300 horsepower, an optional 6.8-liter V10 provides 362 horsepower and a turbodiesel 6.4-liter V8 that makes 350 horsepower. All three engine choices are paired with a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission.
Regular changes have kept the F-350 at the top of its game in the ensuing years. For 2009, Ford added power-telescoping side mirrors and its Sync multimedia voice control system. Internet access was also made available, enabling owners to turn their trucks into offices. In 2010, a Harley-Davidson package was offered with diesel models only.
Beginning in 2011, the Ford F-350 gained two all-new engines: a standard 6.2-liter V8 that generates 385 horsepower and an optional turbodiesel 6.7-liter V8 good for 400 horsepower. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Note that early-build versions of the turbodiesel produced just 390 horsepower, but upgrades were made by Ford to boost output.
Also new for 2011 was an available lockable bin under the front bench seat, and an optional color display for the truck’s instrument panel. For 2012, Ford made smartphone app integration available as part of the Sync multimedia system.
Changes for 2013 included the addition of beefier brakes and an optional MyFord Touch infotainment system. For 2015, Ford strengthened the available turbodiesel engine, resulting in improved horsepower and towing capacity. Small upgrades for 2016 include the addition of a rear camera preparation kit and LED warning strobe lights.
Earlier Ford F-350 Models
The earliest F-350 models were essentially trim level upgrades for the Ford F-150. Starting in 1999, models from the F-250 lineup and above were given a platform that is separate from (but related to) the F-150’s, and these models are now collectively identified as being part of the Ford Super Duty lineup.
The first-generation Ford F-350 was produced from 1999 through 2007 and includes three cab choices: regular, extended and crew. Short and long bed options are available, along with rear- and four-wheel drive configurations.
Throughout its 8-year model run, the F-350 offered three engine choices: a standard 5.4-liter V8, an optional 6.8-liter V10 and an available turbodiesel V8 engine. The turbodiesel initially displaced 7.3 liters until 2003, when it was replaced by a 6.0-liter V8 that took over midyear.