A full-size truck like the Ford F-350 Super Duty is made for hauling lots of stuff and towing with relative ease, but Ford has made an effort to refine the interior without sacrificing the rugged exterior and grunt to back it up.
As a result, buyers who cross-shop strong competitors like the Ram 3500 and Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD may have a tough decision to make -- especially if ride comfort and interior luxuries are important.
The 2014 Ford F-350 adds a new XL option package that includes cruise control and CD stereo, along with various chrome accents.
While buyers can opt for more luxurious interiors with special packages, the basic Ford F-350 is comfortable, albeit with a slightly dated cabin compared to more recently updated competitors. Still, there are handy amenities and numerous storage bins.
Outside, it looks like a hauling rig with an aggressive two-bar grille design and an aggressive stance. Uplevel trim packages offer a bit more chrome, but also more functional mirrors for towing.
Under the Hood
New truck buyers have two engine options in the 2014 Ford F-350. Both offer flexible fuel options, with the 6.2-liter V8 generating 405 pound-feet of torque and 385 horsepower. Extra grunt is available with the 6.7 turbo-diesel V8, which offers 800 pound-feet of torque and a small boost in horsepower. The EPA does not list fuel economy numbers for either engine, but expect less than 15 mpg on the highway in either case.
Outside of the tremendous torque from the turbo-diesel, most drivers will most notice a quiet cabin and smooth ride. Be prepared for somewhat uncommunicative steering when not hauling a trailer. The heavy duty truck can also feel a little skittish when hitched up, but engines are up to most towing jobs.