Refreshed in 2011, the 2012 Ford F-Series Super Duty
trucks continue their lead in the heavy duty segment. Both the F-350 and F-450 have best-in-class towing capacity at 17,500 pounds with conventional bumper hitch when equipped with dual rear wheels and the 6.7-liter V-8. The F-450 can move up to 24,500 pounds with fifth-wheel hitch. The revamped 6.7-liter diesel V-8, which was available mid-model year in 2011, leads the competition with best-in-class 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. Both available V-8 engines are mated to a six-speed automatic.
Ford taps technology not only to keep the driver safe when hauling, but to make it child's play. AdvancTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC) and special trailer brakes keeps trailer sway under control, while the productivity menu guides beginners on towing safely even when using conventional, fifth-wheel, or gooseneck towing.
Ford trucks are known for their versatility and the 2012 Ford Super Duty is no exception. The F-250, F-350, and F-450 are each available in three cab configurations, two different bed sizes, and four trims, guaranteeing the right truck for the right job. Ford Super Duty trucks top the competition at 83 percent according to the 2010 Global Quality Research Survey and composed 80 percent heavy duty truck sales growth back in 2010 as well.
Body style: Two, Four-door Pickup Truck, Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Crew Cab, Short Bed, Long Bed
Engines: 6.7-liter V-8 turbocharged diesel, 6.2-liter V-8
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Models: Ford F-250 Super Duty, Ford F-350 Super Duty, Ford F-450 Super Duty
For the 2012 Ford F-Series Super Duty, there are few changes. A compressed natural gas/liquid propane gas prep package is available for the 6.4-liter gasoline engine while a gooseneck hitch kit is available for models equipped with a 6.75-foot cargo box.
After a redesign last year, the 2012 Ford F-Series Super Duty gets no notable changes for 2012. The Super Duty continues to be offered in three models: F-250, F-350, and F-450 and three cabins within each model: regular cab, extended cab (ala SuperCab), and crew cab. All are available in long bed configuration; extended and crew cab models can also be hand in short-bed configuration. Each Super Duty model is offered in base XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch trims, each offering different exterior features either as standard or as upgrades.
The 2012 Ford F-Series Super Duty carries over the refreshed interior the truck got for the 2011 model year. There are four models--base XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch. Cloth seats and carpeted floors, for example, are standard on the XLT while leather is available starting in the Lariat model. The top-of-the-line King Ranch model comes with standard features like leather, heated and cooled seating, 10-way power driver seat with memory, and rearview camera. Some of the standard and optional features found on the Lariat and King Ranch model are available as options on the XL and XLT models.
Performance & Handling
The 2012 Ford F-Series Super Duty's upgraded engines can definitely be felt, moving the full-size truck from a stop quickly and with appropriate engine growl. The truck does feel heavier than its predecessor though not unduly so, and the ride was comfortable with interior noise surprisingly low. The six-speed automatic transmission shifts appropriately under a variety of conditions though the combination of paddle shifters and lever could be confusing at times. Steering response sometimes felt slower than expected.
All 2012 Ford F-Series Super Duty come standard with safety features such as driver and passenger dual-stage airbags, side seat airbags, and side curtain airbags. The Super Duty trucks also offer trailer sway control; tire pressure monitoring system; roll stability control; and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. An SOS system automatically sends out a call for help in the event of a crash. Other safety features, like rear parking sensors or the rearview camera system, are available either as a standard or optional feature depending on trim level.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Diesel Engine
- Towing Capacity
You Won't Like
- Aging Interior
- Driver Information Screen
- Steering slow to respond
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