2018 Ford F-350 Overview

William Kinton
Automotive Editor - February 12, 2018

If the Ford F-150 and F-250 are too small for your pickup truck needs, then you're in luck. Ford makes the gargantuan F-350 Super Duty for those who need a vehicle that can haul almost anything. Weighing in at almost four tons, the F-350 makes no apologies for its size, and the available options and trim levels run the gamut between utilitarian work trucks and full-on luxury vehicles.

What's New for 2018

For 2018, Ford has added the Limited trim level to the top of the Super Duty range.

Ford F-350

Choosing Your Ford F-350 Super Duty

The 2018 Ford F-350 can be had in a wide number of configurations to meet your needs. The truck comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 with 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for most towing jobs. For really heavy loads, a 6.7-liter turbodiesel is available with 440 horsepower and up to 935 pound-feet of torque, allowing the F-350 to tow up to 32,000 pounds when properly equipped. This diesel engine is available on all trim levels, and adds $8,995 to the cost. Gas engine-equipped trucks can be equipped with a $315 CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package to allow the use of either unleaded gasoline, compressed natural gas, or propane (although this option does not include the extra fuel tanks and lines).

F-350s are also available in a variety of configurations. Buyers have the choice of equipping their F-350 as a four-door Crew Cab on all trim levels, a regular cab on the XL and XLT, and an extended cab with two rear half doors (which Ford calls “SuperCab”) on the XL, XLT, and Lariat trims. Buyers can also choose between a 6.75-foot or an eight-foot box. Regular cab F-350s come with the eight-foot box, while other cab options come standard with the smaller box, but although the longer bed is available for $200 more. Four-wheel drive is also available at all trim levels, as well as dual-rear wheels for extra heavy loads.

There are an incredibly large number of options that exist across the trim levels, such as an extra-heavy duty alternator, heavy service front suspension, the Camper Package, and the 10,000 GVWR Package for extra heavy towing.

The F-350 Super Duty is available in six trim levels:


The XL is the most basic trim available for the F-350, starting at $35,355 including a $1,295 destination fee. For the most part this trim level is targeted at customers who need an F-350 for company or agency needs, so it comes standard with easy-to-wash vinyl seats and floors, air-conditioning, and the most basic AM/FM radio.

However, there are some options to spruce the XL up a bit, like the $915 Power Equipment Group which adds some niceties like power locks, keyless entry, and telescoping side mirrors, the $1,690 STX Appearance Package which adds some exterior style to the truck, and the $720 XL Value Package that adds a 4.2-inch infotainment screen, a CD player, cruise control, and exterior style upgrades. You can also upgrade the radio with three standalone options.


The XLT starts at $39,440 and receives a more comfortable interior with cloth seats and carpeting replace vinyl, along with perks like keyless entry, a rear-view camera, cruise control, and the basic Sync infotainment system with satellite radio. The major option package is the XLT Value Package for $1,460 which adds adjustable seats and pedals, fog lamps, a reverse sensing system, and automatic locks.


The $48,015 Lariat offers a considerable number of upgrades over the XLT that make it more apt for use as a personal vehicle, including leather trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system. Major option packages for the Lariat include the $710 Lariat Value Package, which adds a memory driver’s seat, heated and cooled front seats, remote start, and LED box lighting, and the $2,150 Tow Technology Package which offers adaptive steering, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, lane departure warning, and a 360-degree trailer-tow camera system. You'll also get Ford's nifty Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which simplifies the tricky business of driving backwards with a trailer. Adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and brake assist are available as well for $740.

King Ranch

The King Ranch trim starts at $57,235 and puts the F-350 on par with some entry-level luxury cars. This trim receives unique King Ranch leather seating, upgraded western-inspired trim, and a variety of exterior styling choices. Option packages include the previously mentioned Tow Technology Package, and the $2,960 King Ranch Ultimate Package that adds LED headlights, taillights and fog lights, power running boards, blind spot monitoring, upgraded seats, and a moonroof. There are also a wider variety of standalone options available on the King Ranch including $300 heated rear seats and adaptive cruise control.


The Platinum trim level receives even more features with a focus on towing, staring at $63,620. The Platinum also comes standard with a unique leather trim, upgraded front seats, adaptive steering, blind spot monitoring, trailer brake control, back up warnings, and LED headlights, taillights, and roof marker lights. Interestingly, the Platinum comes standard with the dual-rear wheel set up, although a single-rear wheel option is available for $1,510. The only major option package is the Platinum Ultimate Package for $2,785 which adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, a trailer-towing camera system, and a moonroof.


New for 2018, Ford is offering the F-350 with the Limited trim level, with a starting price of $83,685. The Limited comes standard with adaptive cruise control, the 360-degree towing camera system, heated rear seats, a moonroof, and many of the other features that are optional on other trim levels. That being said, there are plenty of other extras that can still inflate the price, virtually all of which is focused on work duties like towing and plowing snow.

CarsDirect Tip

The F-350 Super Duty can be outfitted to meet the needs of any type of customer, from a frugal commercial fleet-manager to a wealthy private individual who wants to use it both on the ranch and around town. That makes the selection of options an extremely subjective matter – consider your needs very carefully while configuring your F-350. Will you tow? What will you tow? How? What about attaching a snow plow? Consider all these questions carefully before ticking the many boxes on the F-350.

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