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Pickup trucks have become a status symbol in recent decades. However, there are still some drivers who need a pickup that is more than just a comfortable cab. If you need a truck that has outstanding towing and hauling capabilities, a Ford Super Duty is an excellent choice. The Super Duty comes with unmatched performance and grit, giving you a comfortable, powerful, and durable truck that will meet all your needs.


Here’s everything you should know about the F-250 and other Super Duty models.


What sets a Super Duty apart?


Ford’s F-Series of trucks is incredibly popular. Despite that, many people don’t really understand the difference between the F-150 (Ford’s ultra-popular full-sized pickup truck) and the F-Series Super Duty, which comes in F-250, F-350 or F-450.


The difference between the trucks comes down to towing and hauling capacity. A base-level  F-250 can tow up to 13,000 pounds and the truck has a maximum towing capacity of 18,000 pounds. For comparison, the  F-150 has a maximum towing capacity of 13,200 pounds. The  F-250 has a maximum payload (the total weight the truck can carry) of 4,270 pounds, compared to 3,270 pounds in the F-150.


In short, the Ford F-250 and other Super Duty trucks are the choice for people who will be using their truck to haul large loads and tow massive trailers. For people who are doing everyday hauling and towing, like moving campers or average-sized boats, the towing and hauling capacities of the F-150 are sufficient.


Engine Options: Ford Super Duty trucks comes with two engine options: a 385-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine, or a 450-horsepower 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V8 turbo diesel. The diesel engine produces 935 pounds of torque, compared with 430 pounds produced in the gasoline V8, which gives it an additional 3,000 pounds of towing capacity. Because of this, drivers who want to maximize their towing and hauling capabilities should opt for the diesel engine.


Heavy-duty trucks are required to report their fuel economy, but you can expect a combined fuel economy of about 15 mpg from the gas engine, according to Ford.


Safety: The  Ford F-250 has a five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The F-250 comes standard with a few safety features, including a rear view camera and a post-crash alert system. Other safety features, like blind-spot monitoring and additional cameras, are available options.


Reliability: The Ford F-250 has a great reliability rating of 8 out of 10 from JD Power. That’s above average. The  Ford F-250 currently has two recalls, one related to the seat strength (in the even of a crash) and one related to a wiring issue that can increase the risk for engine fires. Before purchasing a used F-250 check to see if the vehicle you are considering is subject to these recalls.

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