The Ford F-450 started out by catering to emergency services, tow truck companies, and moving truck manufacturers. This particular truck wasn’t offered by Ford to the general public until now. There aren’t many people who truly need the power and precision the F-450 offers, but there are certainly many who would enjoy it. This truck is capable of towing 24,500 pounds and can haul 6000 pounds. Without a doubt, the 2008 F-450 is a monster of a truck with plenty of capabilities for whatever task is required.
Revisions have been made to Ford’s entire line of pickups for the 2008 model year, and the F-450 is no exception. The body style is updated and offers a new look for the front grille of the truck. For the F-450 model especially, Ford widened the front track to ensure the truck can safely withstand the high towing demands that are placed on the truck’s frame. With a small turning radius for such a large vehicle, drivers can also expect high performance from the commercial grade tires.
Body Styles: Crew Cab
Engines: 6.4-liter PowerStroke turbodiesel V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: F-450 XL, F-450 XLT, F-450 Lariat
The Ford F-450 debuts as a new truck to the public in the 2008 model year, so strictly speaking, the entire truck is brand new. For the 2008 model year, Ford presents its mammoth beast to the public because everyone needs a truck capable of towing their house.
The 2008 Ford F-450 features some of the same upgrades and changes that its smaller siblings have, including a stronger chassis to support the truck’s massive towing capabilities, as well as an updated suspension system to create a smoother and more manageable ride. It’s impossible to speak about what’s new without mentioning the F-450’s incredible turbodiesel engine. With this motor heading up the powertrain, the F-450 is capable of 350 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Inside the cabin, Ford updates the materials and design of all of the F-series trucks. There are no more complaints about the lack of quality and comfort in the cabin. Drivers also find the truck equipped with a MP3 audio jack, the option of a drop down tailgate step, and folding side mirrors.
It only stands to reason that such a powerful truck also looks the part. For the 2008 model year, Ford updates the body design of the F-450. It’s impossible not to notice the strong, aggressively-styled front end of this truck. It is sure to get plenty of attention, especially when coming up from behind in traffic. Offered in a variety of colors, the F-450 looks like a big, strong vehicle.
The Ford F-450’s interior is designed to be useful as well as attractive. Considering these trucks are most likely to be work vehicles, a center console was added. This console is large enough to accommodate hanging files or a laptop. The truck also has chrome accents around the air vents and gauges for a clean, crisp look. And as an added convenience, the newly-designed center stack ensures the controls are within easy reach.
Performance & Handling
While the power of the 2008 Ford F-450 can’t be denied, there are some less than desirable traits that come along with so much towing and hauling capabilities. The F-450 drives a bit stiff due to its heavy duty chassis. With the longer front end, this truck can be a challenge in close quarters such as parking lots and heavy traffic. On the other hand, thanks to careful engineering, the F-450 does offer a smooth ride, especially when hooked up to a trailer.
Optional adjustable pedals are available on the XLT and Lariat versions of the F-450. Also optional are rear parking sensors. None of the trim levels offer side or side curtain airbags, but anti-lock brakes are standard on all of the models.
EPA Fuel Economy
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- Smooth ride when towing
- Standard trail brake controller
- Incredible performance
- Small turning circle
- Amazing towing and hauling abilities
You Won't Like
- Stiff ride when not towing
- Tight fit in parking lots and traffic due to wide front end
An impressive truck capable of incredible towing and hauling, with some unexpected comforts.
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