The 2011 Ford F-350 serves as a super-duty pickup truck and seems perfect for those times when you simply need more muscle to get the job done. It's more robust than smaller models and ideal for heavy hauling due to the dual rear wheel configuration, which improves stability while towing.
It comes in three different body styles: regular, extended cab, and crew cab and it offers four different trim levels that range from the base-level XL right up to the luxurious Lariat and King Ranch. The three body styles remain available for the XL and XLT models, but buyers of the Lariat can only choose between a crew cab and extended cab, while purchasers of the King Ranch only have the option of the crew cab.
Buyers get a choice of two huge engines: the 6.2-liter gasoline engine or the 6.7-liter turbo diesel, and both pair with a six-speed automatic transmission. In spite of its burly appearance, the F-350 feels surprisingly comfortable and well-configured. It serves as a heavy-duty work vehicle, as well as a luxurious tow truck. Like all of the super-duty trucks, it has a real presence on the road and seems impossible to ignore.
Body Styles: full-size pickup truck
Engines: 6.2-liter gasoline, 6.7-liter turbo diesel
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Ford F-350 XL, Ford F-350 XLT, Ford F-350 Lariat, Ford F-350 King Ranch
Ford’s already distinctive pickup truck receives a new grille with huge, shiny, horizontal bars. The Ford logo measures an impressive 13 inches, making this huge truck even more difficult to ignore. The introduction of a new turbocharged, 6.7-liter diesel engine not only supplies more power, but proves more energy efficient. Ford claims that its turbo diesel engine gives up to 15 percent better fuel economy. Unfortunately, this claim remains very difficult to quantify as the EPA doesn't rate trucks of this weight. For 2011, Ford introduces its six-speed automatic transmission, replacing the five-speed automatic and six-speed manual.
This pickup truck’s exterior styling pulls no punches. It looks brutal, but it's designed for heavy duty, and you know from looking at it that it gets the job done. It has a huge presence, and drivers cannot lose it in a parking lot as it stands head and shoulders above the competition.
The most basic F-350 model comes with vinyl upholstery and flooring, a two-speaker radio, air-conditioning, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel. Cruise control, a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, keyless entry, heated power mirrors, and chrome bumpers all provide optional extras. The next model up includes these features standard, in addition to cloth upholstery, carpeted floors, and cup holders. The Lariat includes climate control, rear parking sensors, and power front bucket seats with lumbar adjustment and leather upholstery, while the back seats use premium vinyl. The King Ranch adds even more luxury than the Lariat and includes a rear-view camera. Although the interior feels pretty luxurious, it does look a little dated in comparison to its competitors. It faces some criticism for its slow and unresponsive steering.
Performance & Handling
The Ford F-350 delivers a smooth and comfortable ride, even at high speeds. It's well insulated, so even diesel engine noise remains barely discernible. It enjoys a good reputation for its towing capabilities, and the best engine for this definitely remains the 6.7-liter diesel, which makes towing even heavy loads look easy. For such a large workhorse, it handles surprisingly well and feels comfortable to drive over long distances. However, it does require a bit of a heavy right foot when towing, as it sometimes responds slowly.
All models of this track come fitted with standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, hill start assist, front side-curtain airbags, stability control, front side airbags, and trailer sway control. Regular and extended cabs come with an airbag deactivation switch for passengers, and on the XLT and higher models the integrated trailer brake controller comes standard. Owners of the Lariat benefit from power-adjustable pedals and rear parking sensors. The rear-view camera remains an optional extra on the Lariat and XLT, but comes standard on the King Ranch.
EPA Fuel Economy
Not available for super-duty trucks.
- Smooth, quiet ride
- Excellent towing capacity
You Won't Like
- Dated interior
- Heavy and slow steering
In spite of its dated interior, this still remains one of the best picks for getting the job done.
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