The 2018 Ford Super Duty is constructed using military-grade, high-strength aluminum alloy and a boxed frame forged from over 95 percent high-strength steel. This eliminates excess weight while still maintaining its full-size capabilities. Stronger axles can handle more pull, which maximizes payload and towing.
Motive options begin with 6.2-liter Single-Overhead Cam 2-valve Flex Fuel V8 that delivers 430 lb-ft of torque with the Ford TorqShift G SelectShift 6-speed automatic transmission. At the top end is the available 6.7-liter Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 that is B20-capable. It generates 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft of torque. Its smart exhaust brake function relies on the turbocharger’s exhaust flow to create back pressure for slowing. Downhill control increases even under heavy payloads. The available 34-gallon fuel tank for the gas engine and 48-gallon version for the diesel engine means less stopping to fill up.
Other best-in-class capabilities, when the Ford Super Duty is properly configured, include a 7,630-lb maximum payload, 21,000 lbs for conventional towing, a maximum of 27,500 lbs for 5th-wheel towing, and 34,000-lbs for gooseneck towing. Technology such as Trailer Reverse Guidance lets a driver view the trailer on the dashboard screen. Included guidelines make trailering easier.
Available Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a safe distance from vehicles in front at speeds set by the driver. This makes long road trips safer and less fatiguing. When traffic slows, so does the truck. When traffic speeds up again, the pickup does too. Collision Warning provides alerts if a frontal hit is imminent. Brake Support pre-charges the brakes to allow for more responsive stops.
Up to seven cameras are available to make maneuvering more convenient. They include a tailgate camera, high-definition 180/360-degree cameras to reveal all sides of the pickup, and a customer-installed rear trailer camera. As well as a camera mounted on the center high-mount stop lamp for keeping an eye on the truck bed.
INTERIOR & FEATURES
Inside the Ford SuperCab and Crew Cab models, a flat rear load floor eases cargo loading and unloading, especially with rear-hinged doors in the SuperCab that swing open up to 170 degrees. For added security, the four-door Crew Cab includes an available folding under-seat box that locks.
When additional equipment is needed, the overhead console features six upfitter switches for connecting to aftermarket accessories such as lights, strobes, or a winch. No cutting is needed for installing the devices. To power external tools, select models can have a 110-volt conventional AC outlet. Check out our best of 2018 Ford reviews here.