If you're not into trucks, you might not know that there's plenty more than the Ford F-150 pickup. An entire Super Duty series is prepared to take on the heavy duty work loads, as well as the commercial vehicle line that's even tougher than those. The largest non-commercial truck Ford makes is the Ford F-450. It's unapologetically big, bold, and brawny. In this preview guide, we'll look at this Super Duty heavyweight and tell you what's new and what it can do.
What's Different About the Ford F-450?
The Ford F-450 is the top of the line for the Ford F-series Super Duty trucks. And the top of the line is all about jaw-dropping utility. You might be impressed with the F-150's 8,000-pound towing capacity and and 2,300-pound payload capacity. Or the F-150's 450 horsepower and 510 pounds for foot of torque. But that's chump change compared to what the Ford F-450 can do.
The 2019 model of the Ford F-450 is only a foot and a half longer than the Ford F-150, but the other differences are big. Properly equipped, the F-450 can tow an astounding 34,000 pounds and haul an equally impressive 6,270 pounds. That's thanks to the F-450's 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 engine, which generates 450 horsepower-equal to the F-150's engine-and an outstanding 935 pounds per foot of torque. Just goes to show that not all Ford trucks are the same.
What's New for 2019?
Now that we have a handle on what the Ford F-450 is, let's look at what's unique to the 2019 model. Super Duty trucks had an overhaul in 2017, when Ford introduced a military-grade aluminum alloy to the body to make the trucks lighter. 2019 offers no overhaul or refresh to this model, but there are some nice new options. Ford introduces the new Lariat Sport package for outdoorsy types. The Lariat is a popular mid-tier trim level and the new package adds rear wheel-well liners, a Tough Bed bedliner, blacked-out headlamp surrounds, 2 plus high-gloss, black-painted grille bars, running boards, mirror caps and fender vent surrounds, and 20-inch premium black-painted aluminum. Hook a trailer with some ATVs or jet skis, and you'll look ready for adventure.
Ford has also added a regular-cab configuration to the XL and XLT trim levels. Formerly only available in Crew Cab at that level, you can shorten the length of your Ford F-450 if it's usually just you and one other passenger. Ford has also upgraded their sound system, swapping out the old Sony stereo with one from the popular Bang & Olufsen.
What Trim Levels and Options Are There?
Except for the small changes listed in the previous section, the trim levels remain unchanged. That means there's still plenty to choose from. There's six trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat, Ranch, Platinum, and Limited), three cab configurations (regular, supercab, or crew), two engine options (6.7-liter V8 Turbo Diesel or 6.2-liter 2-Valve Gas V8 FFV). We tried figuring out how many potential combinations that is, but let's just say it's a very big number. With options this plentiful, you really can get exactly the kind of Ford F-450 that you want.
There aren't very many changes to the Ford F-450 in 2019. But for a truck as mercilessly powerful as this one, staying the course sounds pretty good. With tons of possible combinations of options, we're pretty confident you'll find a truck you just love.