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10 Cool Things About the 2013 Ford F-250/-350/-450 Super-Duty Truck

There are trucks, and then there are SuperDuty trucks. The Ford SuperDuty is a full-size pickup truck that will handle whatever a farm, construction site, or anything else can throw at it. Bigger and brawnier than the best-selling F-150, the SuperDuty trucks manage to be good-looking, immensely strong, and hugely practical. In fact it's hard to imagine a task that SuperDuty trucks can't handle.

SuperDuty's come in three models, three cab configurations, two box lengths, five trim levels, two engines, and front or rear-wheel drive. The models are the F-250, F-350, and F-450. The -250's and -350's are very similar while the -450 has a wider track, making it look even tougher, if that's possible. The engine choices are a 6.2 liter V8 gasoline engine or a 6.7 liter turbo-diesel. Cabs are Regular, SuperCab, or CrewCab. Trim levels are XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and new for 2013, Platinum.

There’s a lot for truck fans to like about the SuperDuty line, but here are ten things that are especially cool:

  1. A staggering 800 pound-feet of torque means the V8 turbo-diesel has the strength to pull stumps, tractors, heck, probably even the whole farmhouse!

  2. “Dually” rear wheels, available on the F-350 and standard on the F-450, look really cool, but more importantly, provide added traction and increase by some 3,000 pounds the load that can be carried in the box.

  3. Opting for the smaller Regular cab and rear wheel-drive plus dual rear wheels gives the F-350 a maximum payload of about 7,100 pounds.

  4. Tow up to 24,700 pounds behind an F-450 equipped with the fifth wheel or gooseneck trailer tow package.

  5. Towing a large trailer in poor conditions can get hairy, but by managing engine power and selectively braking each wheel as needed, “trailer sway control” makes it easier to keep the load under control.*

  6. With 133 cubic feet, the massive CrewCab is big enough for the burliest of workmates. And 58.6 cubic feet behind the front seats means ample room for any cargo that can't go in the box behind.

  7. Power telescoping and folding trailer tow mirrors make it that bit easier to pilot a loaded SuperDuty through heavy traffic.

  8. By automatically braking all four wheels, the available Hill Descent Control™ function helps maintain control on downhill grades.

  9. A live-drive power takeoff integrated into the transmission makes it easier to hook up power equipment like salt spreaders and snowplows.**

  10. Just because the SuperDuty is a work truck, that doesn't mean the driver and passengers don't deserve some pampering. So, for those who want luxury car comfort Ford has introduced the Platinum trim. Distinguished externally by a mesh grille with satin chrome surround, the driver's seat has 10-way power-adjustment, both captain's chairs are covered with soft, premium leather, and practically every amenity imaginable is included.

*Remember, even advanced technology cannot overcome the laws of physics. It’s always possible to lose control of a vehicle due to inappropriate driver input for the conditions.

** Requires 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel engine and compatible aftermarket power takeoff unit. Class is Full-Size Pickups over 8,500 lbs. GVWR vs. 2012/2013 competitors.