2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty
- Extra-wide front axle helps it turn tighter than Ford's other HD models
- Turbodiesel V8 generates immense power and torque
- Aluminum body reduces overall weight and improves efficiency
- Spacious new cab offers many convenience and technology options
- Price tag starts high and soars with options
- 19.5-inch commercial tires can be expensive to replace
- F-450's heavier weight means lower payload compared to F-350
- Only available in long-wheelbase, crew-cab configuration
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On paper, the advantage of the 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty over its sibling, the F-350, doesn't seem all that significant. In fact, depending on the configuration, the F-450 can actually have a lower maximum payload weight rating than an F-350. And that's OK because drivers who frequently tow heavy loads know there's more to it than numbers.
The F-450's wider front and rear track, nearly 5 inches up front and over a foot in the rear, and standard long-bed and crew-cab configuration give this model a long wheelbase and width to keep tall and bulky trailers at bay. The wider front track also allows the F-450's front wheels to turn sharper, giving it surprisingly more maneuverability. Its turning circle is close to that of a short-wheelbase, regular-cab Super Duty.
In the interior, the F-450 falls in line with the rest of the Super Duty line, starting with cloth and benches, going all the way up to two-tone leather with custom stitching in the new Limited trim. Technology options abound, many of which are there to help you tow. For example, an updated blind-spot monitoring system can be configured to cover the length of the trailer; a surround-view system uses seven cameras to keep tabs on the truck's surroundings; and a second rearview camera up on top of the cab greatly simplifies fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailer hookup. Finally an integrated trailer tire-pressure monitoring system and a backup camera can be affixed to the tail of the trailer to monitor tire status and ease chores while backing up.
Although there are other heavy-duty models on the market, the F-450 is the only 1.5-ton truck that's available as a regular pickup for consumers. GM and Ram have trucks with similar capabilities, but those are chassis cab-style trucks for commercial use only. It's important to note that the F-450's capability comes at a cost. Compared to the still quite capable F-350, for instance, the F-450 is more expensive, uses 19.5-inch commercial tires, and has a less comfortable ride, especially when unladen. Still, if you've got a massive trailer to tow, and you want the most capable pickup to pull it, the F-450 is the only game in town.
2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty configurations
The 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty is a full-size, heavy-duty pickup available in six trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. It is only available with a crew-cab body, an 8.2-foot bed and a dual rear-wheel axle. The only available engine is a turbocharged 6.7-liter diesel V8 that puts out an impressive 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, and four-wheel drive is optional.
Base XL models come standard with 19.5-inch commercial tires mounted on polished alloy wheels, black grille and bumpers, front tow hooks, automatic headlights, LED roof marker lights, intermittent wipers, manually telescoping towing mirrors, running boards, and a removable locking tailgate with tailgate lift assist and a 3-inch trailer hitch receiver (with 2- and 2.5-inch inserts). Inside are air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, a 40/20/40-split front seat, a 60/40-split rear seat, vinyl floor covering, manual windows and door locks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a dual glovebox, an overhead console with storage bins, a driver information display, a rearview camera and a six-speaker audio system.
Step up to the XLT and you get a chrome grille and bumpers, power-adjustable and heated mirrors (they telescope manually), four locking cleats in the bed, keyless entry, cloth upholstery and carpeting, rear underseat lockable storage, power windows and locks, rear privacy glass, cruise control, a rearview camera, the Sync voice-controlled infotainment system, a 4.2-inch display, a USB charging port, a CD player and satellite radio.
Springing for the midrange Lariat trim level gets you foglights, tubular side steps, a power-sliding rear window, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, and upgraded mirrors, including power-folding and telescoping side mirrors, driver-side auto dimming, and integrated LED spotlights. Also in the Lariat are leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats with a center console, power-adjustable pedals, a rear-seat center armrest, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-inch center touchscreen, the upgraded Sync 3 voice-controlled infotainment system, two 110-volt household-style power outlets, and a premium Sony 10-speaker audio system with two additional USB ports.
The Western-themed King Ranch model adds a body-colored grille, accent-color bumpers and lower body trim, automatic high beams, automatic wipers, LED box lighting, unique fender badges, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, upgraded leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, driver-seat memory settings, an easy entry-and-exit driver's seat, a power tilt-and-telescoping and heated steering wheel, and a navigation system.
Platinum models add adaptive steering, LED headlights, LED foglights, a remote tailgate release, a built-in tailgate step, LED taillights, a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, illuminated door scuff plates, multicontour front seats with massage, and a leather- and wood-trimmed heated steering wheel.
At the top of the lineup is the new Limited. It's four-wheel-drive only and comes with a surround-view and trailer-towing camera system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, a panoramic sunroof, and a Limited-exclusive two-tone leather interior.
Many standard features offered on upper trim levels are available as options on the rest of the lineup. Other noteworthy add-ons include a fifth-wheel/gooseneck hitch prep package, a separate rearview camera that can be mounted on a customer's trailer, trailer tire-pressure monitoring and a spray-in bedliner.
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Our experts’ favorite F-450 Super Duty safety features:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Alerts the driver when a vehicle approaches the truck's blind spot. Zone can be enlarged to cover a trailer up to 33 feet in length.
- Trailer Tow Camera System
- Lets you know what's behind your trailer when reversing.
- Tire-Pressure Monitoring System
- Warns you if a tire is below recommended pressure. Coverage can include trailer tires as well.
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The 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty pickup is right on the line between consumer product and heavy equipment. This is a commercial-grade business machine that is also available with all the equipment and comfort of a luxury sedan. It's simply more — a lot more — truck than most people will ever need. But, of course, it's not more truck than a lot of Americans will want.
Ford's Super Duty line adopts so-called military-grade aluminum alloy construction for its cabs — a construction material Ford first introduced in the F-150. Meanwhile, the steel frames under those cabs have been fortified and beefed up to handle more epic tasks than ever before. The Super Duty line includes three trucks: the F-250 to start, then the F-350 and, at the top of the very big heap, the F-450. Other makers build trucks in the same class as the F-450, but they reserve them for commercial markets and usually don't include many of the civilian comforts that the F-450 offers.
Beyond the badges, the element that instantly distinguishes an F-450 from an F-350 is the use of 19.5-inch wheels on the F-450. And there are six of these wheels because all F-450s have dual rear wheels.
The 19.5-inch commercial truck wheels require commercial truck tires. To some extent, the beef of those tires compromises ride quality. And because the F-450 is only offered with a full crew-cab four-door body, more of its load-carrying ability is dedicated to hauling passengers instead of just cargo. In fact, depending on the configuration, some versions of the F-350 have greater cargo load ratings than the F-450. So the choice between the two may not be as straightforward as it initially seems.
The F-450 is available with leading-edge technologies ranging from LED headlights and adaptive cruise control. But it's the truck's engine that is the tech star. The Ford-designed and Ford-built 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 is standard in the F-450. With 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of peak torque, it's almost nonchalant in how easily it can lug massive loads. Combined with the standard six-speed automatic transmission, the Power Stroke is among the best engines available in any truck at any price.
Four-wheel drive is an option on all but the top Limited model, but we don't have any EPA ratings because they're not required for vehicles this large. Our experience with unladen 2017 Super Duties usually yields fuel economy just nudging into double digits around town. Throw on a big trailer, however, and the fuel is consumed considerably quicker.
The F-450 Super Duty is available in six trim levels, from XL to Limited, with a dizzying array of options beyond. To tailor an F-450 for your life, start with the tools on Edmunds. And then let us get you a great deal on the truck of your dreams.
2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty Overview
The 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty is offered in the following submodels: F-450 Super Duty Crew Cab. Available styles include Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), Platinum 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), Platinum 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), XLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), XLT 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), King Ranch 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), XL 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), Lariat 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), Lariat 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), XL 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A), and King Ranch 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A).
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