The F-350 XL is the work truck of the range, but comes in either regular, crew or super cab versions, with beds ranging from 6 3/4-feet to 8 feet. The standard engine is a 6.2-liter V8 with 385 horsepower and a six-speed automatic. Buyers can also opt for a 6.7-liter diesel V8 with massive torque figures.
Standard features also include a front bench seat, split-folding bench on crew cab and super cab models, air conditioning, vinyl floor, front seat lumbar adjustment, two-speaker audio system, trip computer, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and telescoping side mirrors. The XLT model adds cup holders, soft-touch interior trim, cruise control, a carpeted floor, AUX input for the radio that includes a CD player and other convenience features. The luxurious Lariat trim comes as either a crew cab or super cab and adds dual-zone automatic climate control, special paint, Sony Premium Audio, Ford's SYNC system and premium leather seats.
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The Chevy Silverado 2500 and GMC Sierra 2500 trucks offer stronger powerplants and are sometimes cheaper depending on trim level, but offer inferior luxury features. The Ram 3500 also has a strong diesel option and an interior that's better appointed on all trim levels, but doesn't haul quite as much. As for imports, the Toyota Tundra offers a strong 5.6-liter V8 but doesn't offer a heavy duty option that really competes with the Ford, let alone the other domestics.
With that, the F-350 shows why it's part of the extremely successful F-series of Ford trucks. There's a wide selection and configurations to suit every want and need, and there's a powerful gas V8 and V8 diesel, as well as the opulent Lariat version – and many versions are available with the same convenience and technology features Ford puts in its cars. A serious truck like the F-350 merits serious consideration from anyone shopping in this segment.