2013 Ford F-350 Platinum Crew Cab Pickup (6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel 4x4 6-speed Automatic 6.8 ft. Bed)
Driven On 11/26/2013
The F-350 Super Duty is one big, tough truck. Its diesel V8 can literally pull stumps out of the ground, yet it's smooth and quiet. The 14,000-pound trailer hitch rating is highly competitive for this segment. As fun and capable as the F-350 is, rival trucks from GM and Ram are more polished overall.
PerformanceFord's 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 is a sweetheart, yet it puts out a shocking 800 lb-ft of torque. It's impressively quick for such a large beast, yet it's perfectly easy to drive, even around town. Towing capability is among the best in this segment.
The 400-horsepower, 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 makes 800 pound-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm. It pulls strongly off the line, accelerating from 0-to-60 mph in 8.3 seconds with a nice diesel snarl.
Hardly any nosedive during our panic brake tests. The big rig stopped from 60 mph in 138 feet, which is acceptable. More impressive was the consistency of the stopping distances and resistance to fade.
The steering is light and slow and offers little feel to the driver. This leads to busy hands, although the turning radius is good for such a big vehicle.
Despite its 6,000-pound-plus weight, the F-350 skipped too easily over mid-corner bumps. In all other situations it felt grounded and safe. The stiff suspension means it corners surprisingly flat.
The 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth and predictable paired with this turbodiesel V8. Sometimes it only kicked down one gear when we needed two, but this can be managed by shifting it manually.
The 11,500-pound GVWR package included a 14,000-pound-capable trailer hitch, trailer tow mirrors, upfitter switches and a fifth-wheel tow rating of 15,900 pounds.
Our 4x4 test truck was suited for some dirt excursions, with the FX4 off-road package, 3.55 electric locking rear axle, skid plates and ample ground clearance.
ComfortThe F-350 doesn't break any molds when it comes to pickup truck ride quality. Because this truck is intended for hauling large loads, the stiff suspension gives a jiggly ride at times. But it's remarkably quiet inside the cabin.
Over long distances, the front seats are comfortable and supportive enough to absorb some of the suspension stiffness. The rear seatbacks are too vertical and hard to properly settle into.
The stiff suspension can make for a rough ride at times, especially if you're not hauling anything. Expect a near-constant low-grade jiggle from ripples and cracks on certain sections of highway.
This cabin is quiet. Even during acceleration the smooth engine keeps turbodiesel clatter from being intrusive. Tire and road noise are minimized by a combination of insulation and distance from the ground.
InteriorWith its small control knobs, the Ford's interior looks a bit dated, and it lacks the classy materials of its GM and Ram competitors. But there's no denying it has a ton of room inside. The highly adjustable seats offer lots of comfort.
Highly adjustable front seats. All secondary controls are placed conveniently within reach of the driver. The buttons and knobs are smaller than we'd like, however.
The F-350 is about as tall as its competitors. Step-in height is 27 inches without running boards. With them, it's a more reasonable 17 inches. The grab handles were quite helpful for climbing inside.
Lots of space at all seating positions. The center console intrudes minimally on front passengers. Three-wide in the back seat is bearable for short distances.
The F-350's tall ride height equates to a commanding view of the road. The Platinum package includes a rearview camera that displays on the main infotainment screen.
Front passengers benefit from a massive center storage bin. Two-tier door pockets are narrow but useful. All six cupholders are attached to the center bin. The bed measures 6.8 feet.
ValueThe MSRP on our F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab was $54,650. Many options can be added individually rather than looped into one big package, which is nice. Factory warranty terms are not as good as some competitors. Roadside assistance is a plus.
Build Quality (vs. $)
We did not experience any fit or finish issues on our test vehicle. The quality was up to the expected standards for this class.
Platinum package equipment comes standard when you opt for the Lariat with the $7,960 turbodiesel. This includes chrome running boards, navigation, heated front seats and good-looking wheels.
The base MSRP on our F-350 was $54,650. Add $10,575 worth of optional equipment, including the $7,960 diesel V8, and the total comes to $66,225. A lot of truck here, yes, but that's also a lot of money.
EPA fuel economy ratings are not required on the F-350. We averaged 16.2 mpg during mixed driving along the 118-mile Edmunds testing loop, which is decent for such a large and powerful diesel truck.
The F-350 has a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty along with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Some competitors offer slightly longer powertrain mileage.
The F-350's 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan adds some peace of mind during the early years of ownership.
Fun To DriveBig trucks are fun to drive, and this F-350 Platinum Crew Cab turbodiesel proves that. It's huge. The engine is ultra powerful yet quiet, and this four-wheel-drive truck gives you the feeling that nothing can get in your way.
Embrace the truck life. Dial back your aggression, revel in the high driving position and comfortable seats, let the big turbodiesel just idle along. Crank up the country music.
Instead of garnering attention for being smokey and clattery, modern turbodiesel trucks are ultra-smooth and mega powerful. Acceleration is effortless.
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