For a relatively large vehicle, the 2009 Ford F-450 is quite easy to handle, courtesy of the small turning radius that the F-350 and F-250 trucks also have. Maneuverability and parking somewhat suffer in traffic, as the front end of the pickup is substantially wider when compared to the already-huge peers that it has. The 2009 Ford F-450 offers a stiff ride; however, when a trailer is hooked onto the vehicle, the F-450 rides more smoothly and the engine performs more admirably, even if the added trailer weighs 20,000 pounds.
The 2009 Ford F-450 pickup comes only in the crew-cab body style. It has an eight-foot bed. All the models of the F-450s are available with a double rear-wheel setup that allows ferrying of more weight while providing a greater towing stability.
The vehicle is available in three trim levels: the basic XL, the midlevel XLT, and the luxurious Lariat. The six-passenger basic XL trim is for those who simply want a bare-boned pickup. This trim comes with 19.5-inch alloy wheels, an integrated trailer-brake controller and a heavy duty towing package, commercial grade tires, vinyl upholstery, running boards, front bench seat, 60/40-split fold-flat backseat, air-conditioning, trailer tow mirrors, manual accessories, basic FM/AM radio, and a trip computer.
Upgrading to the six-passenger XLT will fetch a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry, tinted glass, full power accessories, a 40/20/40 front bench, heated tow mirrors, four-speaker audio system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio input jack, and cloth upholstery.
Opting for the FX4 package will fetch the components of the XLT and will include telescoping and power-folding mirrors, satellite radio, and power front bucket seats.
The top-line luxury Lariat model includes all the items comprised in the FX4 and adds foglights, automatic dual-zone climate control, power-sliding rear window, backup camera, faux wooden trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated seats, leather upholstery, and the Microsoft Sync audio that has the mobile phone integration system. Several of the Lariat’s standard features are available on the XLT variant.
For the 2009 model year, the Ford F-450 sports additional standard equipment in each of its trims. The Tough Bed, heavy duty bed-liner, Sirius Travel Link, and Sync are offered on the F-450 for the first time. Also in 2009, a collection of work solutions made its debut. This package includes an on-dashboard computer with an Internet-access facility, along with a big lockable compartment in between the bed and the cab.
The exterior of the car sports a metallic chrome look.
An industrial and rugged theme marks the revised cabin of the 2009 Ford F-450. The materials are of superior quality. While the chrome accent surrounds the air vents and gauges, the new center stack places the controls within easy reach. The huge center console bin and the dual door pockets address the previous inadequacies regarding insufficient storage. The console bin is large enough for accommodating a laptop. Folding up the back seats reveals a flip-out utilities tray that can keep the load floor flat. The inclusion of the Sync stereo and mobile phone interface and the Sirius Travel Link gives the 2009 Ford F-450 a high-tech look.
Performance & Handling
The only available engine on the 2009 Ford F-450 is the 6.4-liter V-8 engine that is capable of generating 350 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The six-speed manual transmission system is the standard, while the five-speed automatic is optional. When equipped properly, the F-450 can haul over 5750 pounds on its bed and tow over 24,000 pounds.
The anti-lock disc brakes are standard to all variants of the 2009 Ford F-450. However, there are no head-or side-curtain airbags. The power-adjustable pedals are an optional accessory on the Lariat and XT models that are fitted with automatic transmissions, as are the rear parking sensors.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford F-450: unrated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- The monumental hauling and towing capabilities
- The relatively nondescript turning radius
- Strong performance
- High-tech options
- Comfortable ride while towing
- The standard trailer-brake controller
You Won't Like
- The plus-sized dimensions
- Stiff ride quality when the vehicle is unladen
A Super Duty pickup that can tow 24,500 pounds of maximum payload.
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