Recently redesigned, the 2018 Ford F-350 combines best-in-class capabilities with modern creature comforts.
2018 Ford F-350
Why Buy the Ford F-350?
Buy the 2018 Ford F-350 because you need to tow best-in-class figures - weight that other heavy-duty trucks simply can't handle. The F-350 is also the right pick for anyone who needs to haul heavy loads of construction or farming supplies. When it comes to hauling, this truck even outclasses the weightier Ford F-450.
More than utility, though, the 2018 Ford F-350 supplies a handsome, comfortable interior with every available luxury. Recently redesigned to feature Ford's lightweight, military-grade aluminum alloy body panels, this heavy-duty truck is easier to maneuver than ever. Its new frame is also stronger than ever, featuring 95 percent high-strength steel, and making it possible to tow the heaviest conventional trailers out there.
Which F-350 Is Best?
That really depends on you. There are five trims: the base XL, mid-grade XLT, stylish Lariat, Western-themed King Ranch, and posh Platinum. With so many options, there's a F-350 for every kind of buyer. The XL starts you off with everything you need on the modern jobsite, from easy-to-clean vinyl upholstery to telescoping towing mirrors. The XLT is increasingly comfortable, with cloth upholstery and carpeted floor covering. It also provides timesavers like power windows and locks and the Sync voice-controlled infotainment system.
For a luxurious, tech-savvy ride, check out the Lariat. This upscale truck includes leather upholstery and 10-way power front seats for maximum comfort. It also delivers Ford's impressive Sync 3 infotainment system, which lets you interact with smartphone apps directly on your central touchscreen. In the King Ranch, you'll find exclusive design elements, such as saddle-brown leather upholstery and unique alloy wheels, to help you stand out in a crowd. The Platinum is similarly equipped to the King Ranch, except that it delivers its own uptown feel with a leather-and-wood-trimmed heated steering wheel and multicontour front seats that give you a massage on your way home from work.
How Much Can the F-350 Tow and Haul?
To tow and haul the kind of weight that lesser trucks balk at, you need the 2018 Ford F-350. When you add dual rear wheels and configure it to haul a gooseneck trailer, your Super Duty can tow a best-in-class 32,000 pounds. If you've got a gigantic toy hauler at home, this is the truck for you. Depending on configuration, this heavy-duty pickup can haul between 4,470 pounds and 7,630 pounds. If you want to demo a brick-and-mortar home and haul the pieces away, your F-350 is ready for action.
What Is the Difference Between the F-350 and the F-450?
Interestingly, the F-450's max payloads are less than that of the F-350. That's because the F-450 only comes in with a crew cabin, limiting its capabilities. While the F-350 can haul up to 7,630 pounds, the F-450 maxes out at 5,320 pounds. If you've got serious construction supplies to haul, you'll make fewer trips with the F-350.
However, the F-450 can tow slightly heavier loads - at least when a gooseneck trailer is involved. If your gooseneck trailer weighs up to 32,500 pounds, this is the heavy-duty model for you. With fifth-wheel trailers, the F-450 tows the same max weight as the F-350: 27,500 pounds. And, like the F-350, the F-450 can also tow 21,000 pounds' worth of conventional trailer.