The Ford F-350 goes back a long way, beginning production in early 1998 for the 1999 model year and creating the Super Duty line of trucks with a style of its own. Now in its 2020 model year, the F-350 receives significant updates, from the interior to under its hood.
Ford moved its heavy-duty models into the Super Duty family for the 1999 model year; and SuperDuty would remain its title. There are three cab options: Standard Regular Cab with two-doors, a SuperCab with two small reverse-opening rear doors, and a Crew Cab with four full-sized doors that could seat up to six people. The F-350 originally had a standard 5.4-liter gasoline V8 and an available 7.3-liter PowerStroke turbo-diesel. In 2003, Ford replaced the 7.3-liter turbo-diesel with a 6-liter PowerStroke.
For 2008, the Ford F-350 was completely redesigned. The F-350 has three different cab configurations with four available trims – the more rugged XL, the well-equipped XLT, the FX4, and the luxury Lariat. Engine choices included a 5.4-liter Triton V8 engine with 300 horsepower and 365 lb-ft. or torque, a Triton V10 with 362 horsepower and 457 lb-ft. of torque, and a twin-turbo 6.4-liter V8 Powerstroke diesel with 650 lb-ft. of torque. Each engine offered a six-speed manual transmission or an optional TorqShift five-speed automatic transmission with Tow/Haul mode. It could tow up to 15,000 pounds and carry a payload of 5,720 pounds. It offered a supplemental heater, folding tailgate step, and a TowCommand trailer brake controller.
For 2010, the F-350 replaced the FX4 trim with the new Cabela trim that catered to the outdoor and recreationalist lifestyle. It offered more features including a reverse camera system, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, satellite radio, SYNC, and upfitter switches.
In 2011, the F-350 was redesigned and came available in three trims – the XL, XLT, and the Lariat. There were two new engine choices — a standard 6.2-liter Triton V8 engine with 385 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, or an optional 6.7-liter V8 Powerstroke diesel with 800 lb-ft of torque. They are paired with a new TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift and a Tow/Haul mode. An all-new Ford Work Solution provided solutions for trucks used in the workplace. This year also added traction control, a hill launch assist feature, side curtain airbags, a redesigned instrument panel, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and trailer sway control.
For 2012, the F-350 added MyKey on the XL trim. The XLT and Lariat trims added standard features that included 1-touch up and 1-touch down front driver and passenger windows and 4-way adjustable front head restraints. The Lariat trim now featured standard deep tinted power sliding rear window with defrost. The choice of three cabs and two bed lengths were available and also RWD or 4WD.
A new Platinum edition was available for 2013. Standard features included a front bench seat, split-folding bench on Crew Cab and SuperCab models, air conditioning, front seat lumbar adjustment, and a two-speaker audio system. Cup holders were added to the XLT model, as well as cruise control, soft-touch interior trim, and AUX input for the radio that included a CD player. The Lariat trim was featured as a Crew Cab or SuperCab and added dual-zone automatic climate control, Sony Premium Audio, Ford’s SYNC system, and premium leather seats.
In 2014, a new XL Appearance Package was available that added striking design elements to the exterior. In 2015, a turbo-diesel V8 engine with 440 horsepower and 860 lbs-ft. of torque was available. A maximum conventional towing capacity of 21,000 pounds and a maximum payload rating of 7,640 was offered in 2019.
For 2020 the Ford F-350 received significant updates. The new Super Duty F-350 comes in 6 different trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. It receives powertrain changes that include two new engines with a new 10-speed automatic transmission, as well as a new available Tremor Off-Road Package with either of the larger engines. In gasoline, a 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque or the new 7.3-liter V-8 that delivers 430 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. The third-choice is the 6.7-liter with an updated V-8 Power Stroke turbo diesel engine and makes 475 hp and a hefty 1,050 lb-ft of torque. All models except the base XL come standard with an 8.0-inch touch screen infotainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For safety, Ford’s Co-Pilot360 offers standard and available features.
For 2021, the engine choices will be the same. The F-350 will see a few updates including new available colors: Antimatter Blue, Carbonized Gray, and Lithium Gray. Base models feature the dual-rear-wheel axle, the XL Power Equipment package adds trailer-tow mirrors with heated glass and manually adjustable folding-and-telescoping functions. The strongest Super Duty can haul a 7,850-pound payload, pull up to 24,200 pounds with a conventional trailer hitch, and move a massive 37,000 pounds with a fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch. All Super Duty models can now be equipped with a bed step. Starting price ranges from $35,925 for the XL to $85,885 for the Limited edition.