2017 Ford Super Duty Driving Impressions

The new chassis is 24 times as rigid, says Ford, and this can be felt in the form of a smoother, quieter ride. The suspension has been tuned for a smoother ride than the previous-generation, whether loaded or not.

The diesel is smooth and quiet at cruising speeds. The 6.7-liter diesel generates 440 horsepower and 925 foot-pounds of torque and comes with a six-speed automatic.

The 6.2-liter V8 engine is rated at 430 lb.-ft. and 385 hp and also comes with a six-speed automatic, though a different.

F-250 models powered by the 6.2-liter engine benefit from a new six-speed automatic Ford says is more responsive than the previous setup.

F-250 short-bed models (with shorter wheelbase) do an excellent job of pulling bumper-pull trailers and can handle weighty goosenecks. They are quite stable, much more so than an F-150 or any other light-duty pickup. In short, a Ford F-250 is an excellent choice for a tow vehicle. Parking an F-250 is a bit more cumbersome than parking an F-150, which feels like a car by comparison.

No question an F-350 with dual rear wheels and the longer wheelbase is more stable when towing, however. We thought there would be a significant difference, but back-to-back coast-to-coast driving in each configuration demonstrated to us that the dually is substantially more stable and, therefore, more enjoyable for long tows. Strong crosswinds in Wyoming and Kansas, tractor trailers blowing by, heavy rain storms, all are more comfortable when towing in the F-350. Parking one of these is more cumbersome than parking an F-250, more because of the length than the width, but unless you drive into New York City or some other metropolis with restricted parking, it’s entirely doable. We simply park farther from the door at shopping centers, restaurants, and motels. With its higher tongue weight rating, there is less concern about carefully distributing weight when loading the trailer. Finally, when pulling a trailer, a dually just looks cooler.

Another option is an F-350 long bed with single rear wheels, but unless you are primarily hauling or have some other special requirement, this configuration has all the downsides of the length without the benefits of dual rear wheels (highway stability, superior tongue weight capacity).

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