2018 Ford F-450 SuperDuty Diesel

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in Midsize pickup trucks
2018 MODEL

$51,630 - $85,900

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Overview

The Ford company has come a long way from the Model T and the behemoth is all things that the company has learned and amassed since the first truck they released. The F-450 is the amalgamation of the needs of a heavy lugger and the philosophy of “more is more”.

Endowed with a V8 that produces a staggering 935 lb-ft of torque this truck manages to be on the top even when its brethren offer serious competition. The pole position hogging F series does not let go of this trait even in the commercial vehicles sections, And for as low a $57,000 this can be yours.

The 2018 Ford F 450 goes up against similarly powered behemoths like the Ram 4500 , GMC Sierra 3500 HD and the Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab. With these trucks also running for the throne will the F 450 hold its own.

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Pros

Sheer towing prowess

Large size

Dually Spacious and luxurious interiors

Class-leading in almost every aspect

Cons

F 350’s variant may offer better-towing capacity in a smaller size

Large size compromises urban maneuverability

Tyres are expensive to replace

What's New?

The F series of trucks received a major overhaul for the year 2017 and the 2018 edition remains more or less unchanged.


Features



Styles

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White Gold

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Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Ford F-450 SuperDuty diesel XL

XL

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$51,630 - $54,395

Configurations
XL 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm
XL 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm

 2018 Ford F-450 SuperDuty diesel XLT

XLT

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$56,370 - $59,130

Configurations
XLT 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm
XLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm

 2018 Ford F-450 SuperDuty diesel Lariat

Lariat

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$63,410 - $66,175

Configurations
Lariat 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm
Lariat 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm

 2018 Ford F-450 SuperDuty diesel King Ranch

King Ranch

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$70,290 - $73,055

Configurations
King Ranch 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm
King Ranch 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm

 2018 Ford F-450 SuperDuty diesel Platinum

Platinum

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$75,005 - $77,770

Configurations
Platinum 4dr Crew Cab DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm
Platinum 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm

 2018 Ford F-450 SuperDuty diesel Limited

Limited

Fuel: Diesel fuel, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$85,900

Configurations
Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD DRW (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Seating: 5 HP: 450 hp @ 2800 rpm
Torque: 935 ft-lbs. @ 1800 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 13 days ago

The F-450 is the amalgamation of the needs of a heavy lugger and the philosophy of “more is more”.

Endowed with a V8 that produces a staggering 935 lb-ft of torque this truck manages to be on the top even when its brethren offer a serious competition.

Features

Available in 6 trims the F 450 as compared to the little brother(350) only sports a single engine option with Dually configuration and an 8ft bed. The XL variant shall satisfy most of the working class people’s needs but if you want a luxury studio apartment on wheels then the Platinum or the Limited trim will make you feel right at home.

Trim

MSRP

Key Features

F-450 XL

$51,795

LED Roof Clearance Lights

 

Tailgate - Tailgate Assist™ and quick-release

 

Individual Trailer TPMS/Customer-Placed Trailer Camera

 

Air Conditioning – Manual Temperature Control

 

Operator-Commanded Regeneration

 

Remote Start System

 

Audio - Auxiliary Audio Input Jack

 

Audio - AM/FM Stereo, (4 Speakers regular cab, 6 speakers Super Cab and Crew Cab)

F-450 XLT

$56,620

Headlamps - Quad-Dual beam halogen

Tailgate - Tailgate Assist™ and quick-release

LED Roof Clearance Lights

Window - rear, power sliding with privacy 
glass

Air Conditioning – Manual Temperature Control

Steering Wheel - Audio Controls

Power Equipment - Power door locks and windows

Remote Start System

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Audio - AM/FM Stereo, Single-CD with MP3 Capability, (4 Speakers regular cab, 6 speakers Super Cab and Crew Cab)

F-450 LARIAT

$63,685

Mirrors - PowerScope® Trailer Tow, Power Heated Glass/Power Telescoping/Power Fold-away/LED Spot Lights

LED Roof Clearance Lights 

Splash Guards front

Window - rear, power sliding with privacy 
glass

Air Conditioning - Dual-Zone Electronic
Automatic Temperature Control

Reverse Sensing System

Lockable Under-Seat Storage Box

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ Compatibility

Audio - Sony® Single-CD/MP3 Player with HD Radio™ (incl. 10 speakers and subwoofer Crew Cab)

F-450 King Ranch

$70,620

Headlamps - Quad-Dual beam halogen

LED Roof Clearance Lights

Mirrors - PowerScope® Trailer Tow, Power Heated Glass/Power Telescoping/Power Fold-away/LED Spot Lights

Splash Guards front

Window - rear, power sliding with privacy 
glass 

Air Conditioning - Dual-Zone Electronic automatic Temperature Control

Powerpoint - auxiliary, 1 in media bin

Steering Wheel - Audio Controls

Navigation System

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ Compatibility

F-450 Platinum

$75,365

Mirrors - PowerScope® Trailer Tow, Power Heated Glass/Power Telescoping/Power Fold-away/LED Spot Lights

Individual Trailer TPMS/Customer-Placed Trailer Camera

Air Conditioning - Dual-Zone Electronic
Automatic Temperature Control

BLIS® (Blind Spot Monitoring System) with Cross-traffic Alert and Trailer Tow

Visors with driver- and passenger-side illuminated, covered mirrors

Instrument panel – 8" Productivity Screen

Navigation System

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

F-450 Limited

$86,285

Tailgate - Tailgate Step with Tailgate Assist

LED Roof Clearance Lights 

Customer-Placed Trailer Camera

Air Conditioning - Dual-Zone Electronic
Automatic Temperature Control

Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System (Includes 360 Camera plus rear CHMSL camera)

BLIS® (Blind Spot Monitoring System) with Cross-traffic Alert and Trailer Tow

Steering Wheel - Audio Controls

Audio - Sony® Single-CD/MP3 Player with HD Radio™ (incl. 10 speakers and subwoofer Crew Cab)

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ Compatibility

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Navigation System

We recommend

The XL variant shall satisfy your hauling needs and if you want the extra pizzazz and panache in the interior then you should go for the King Ranch, Limited or Platinum trim. The extra plush leather seating shall make the ride posh but will make your pocket equally light.

Engine

“On paper, the advantage of the 2018 Ford F-450 Super Duty over its sibling, the F-350, doesn't seem all that significant. In fact, depending on the configuration, the F-450 can actually have a lower maximum payload weight rating than an F-350. And that's OK because drivers who frequently tow heavy loads know there's more to it than numbers.” - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The bellowing and attention demanding 450 hp engine makes an aggressive sound that is a testimonial to the overworking and hard-hitting ponies under the hood that churns out a massive 935 lb-ft. of power, unmatched by others in its class. These numbers shall be enough to give any enthusiast a motor boner, to say the least.

Models

Ford F-450 XL super duty

Ram 4500

GMC Sierra 3500HD Turbodiesel

Nissan Titan XD

MSRP

$51,795

$53,940

$42,195

$42,490

Engine

6.7L V8

6.4L V8

6.0L V8

5.0L V8

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

450 hp

325 hp

445hp

394 hp

Torque

935 lb-ft

750 lb-ft

910 lb-ft

555 lb-ft

Being best in class has it perks and being on the top of the priority list of people happens to be one of them. The Ford enjoys the top spot and being an unusually large truck(22x8feet) it also happens to be one of the few 1.5-tonne trucks available to the consumers. The competition expands to ¾ tonne realm too just because of the lack of 1.5 trucks. Going on pure towing prowess each truck holds their own and offers something that the others don’t.

Acceleration

Judging a truck’s ability to race to 60 mph might seem futile at first but it certainly does help in planning overtaking maneuvers on the highway. With such monstrosities roaming on the streets its natural to assume that the sheer size and weight may act as an antagonist to the real hero “Speed”.

Models

Ford F-450 XL super duty

Ram 4500

GMC Sierra 3500HD Crew cab

Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab S

0-60 MPH

8.0 sec

8.6sec

7.7 sec

7.4 sec

Quarter mile

16.1 sec

-

- 15.7 sec

Engine

6.7L

6.4L

6.0L

5.0L

The 8s time on the clock may not be the most jaw-dropping but keeping in mind it does better than the other 1.5-tonne only adds to its accolades. The ¾ tonnes manage to shave 0.5s off the clock.

Braking

The humongous size of the behemoth makes it hard to brake when it gains momentum. This translates to a longer braking distance and a need of sturdy hands on the wheels.For what it’s worth Ford’s stopping distance is in the same league as the GMC which is a ¾ tonne truck.

Model

Ford F-450

Ram 4500

GMC Sierra 3500HD

Nissan Titan XD

Brake Front (in.)

15.4

14.2

13.8

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

15.7

14.1

14.1

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

8,260

7,044

6,551

6,710

60-0 MPH (ft.)

135

-

132

124

Not for the faint-hearted, this grand chariot graces its rider with the maximum towing capacity but that also translates to a large stopping distance. At 135 feet the Ford F-450 might be worse off than its brethren but when all things considered(especially the weight) it is safe to say that the brakes do their part very well.

Ride and Handling

The ride might be a little numb and non-responsive but on the plus side, you'll get an eagle eye view of the whole road thanks to its height. A ride befitting a king at least by its size this truck is surprisingly comfortable and inviting for a long ride. The steering response leaves much to be desired and the braking seems stiff too. For a truck with the price tag of a Corvette the Ride and handling aspect maybe the only thing that maybe disappointing if we are being extremely picky

For the average Joe, the ride and handling is surprisingly comfortable for a lugger but urban mobility is severely restricted due to its size. Overtaking maneuvers need to be planned in advance due to the long acceleration time and the 22 feet length of the truck does not make it easy to overtake. For what its worth this is a for the countryside haulers and luggers who rarely make it past the suburbs. If you’re planning to use this in the city you’re going to have a hard time.

Fuel Economy

EPA does not rate Truck’s mpg.

Interior

“The Super Duty's interior is not only comfortable but also very functional. Its digital display is customizable, and you can check tire pressures for both the truck and trailer right from the cab.” - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The plush interiors grace its rider with a feeling of opulence and royalty while entering the cabin. This feeling is maintained throughout the 6 seater cabin. There’s no lack of interior space in this cabin the rear is as comfortable as the front seating. The retractable steps on a few models also aid in the entry and exit from the truck.

Model

Ford F-450 XL super duty

Ram 4500

GMC Sierra 3500HD Crew cab

Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab S

Passenger capacity

6

6

6

6

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.8/66.7/43.9

41.0/66.0/41.0

42.8/64.8/45.2

41.0/63.3/41.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.4/65.9/43.6

39.9/65.7/40.3

40.5/64.3/40.9

40.4/63.6/38.5

The F 450 is a class leader in almost all of the parameters in the above-mentioned table. Offering the roomiest of cabins the 22x8 dually does know how to spoil its handler. The rear seating is also class leading and offers more legroom than it’s competitors front leg room. Now that is something you don’t see every day.

Cargo volume

The Ford racks up the most impressive number of 78.5 cubic feet amongst its competition. This should be enough to satiate most people's needs and desires.

Model

Ford F-450 XL super duty

Ram 4500

GMC Sierra 3500HD Crew cab

Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab S

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

78.5

75

76.3

74

The cargo capacity is won by the class leader F 450. It is fascinating to know that the space for storage is similar in the class with the lowest being 74 and highest being 78.5.

Towing Capacity

The defining trait the deciding factor whilst buying a truck it all boils down to this section because at the end of the day no one wants to buy a truck that can’t lug and get the job done.

Model

Ford F-450 XL super duty

Ram 4500

GMC Sierra 3500HD Crew cab

Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab S

Maximum Towing Capacity

21000 lbs

19010lbs

14500 lbs

12310 lbs

Leading the class again the American powerhouse steamrolls over the ¾ trucks with ease. The massive dually crushes its competition and there’s a sizable difference between the nearest competition called Ram 4500.

Exterior

The king of the road also looks like one, finesse, class and power all combined in one is what takes to be a royal. Opulence inducing, aesthetically pleasing the Ford F-450 is a kind of like a hard worker that even after achieving success hasn’t lost touch with its roots.

Model

Ford F-450 XL super duty

Ram 4500

GMC Sierra 3500HD Crew cab

Nissan Titan XD Crew Cab S

Curb weight (lbs.)

8,260

7,044

6,551

6,710

Length(in)

266.2

258.4

242.7

Width(in)

96.0

79.1

80.5

79.5

Height(in)

81.3

81.0

77.9

78.0

Ground clearance (in)

8.6

8.3

8.4

8.1

Wheelbase (in)

176.0

149.0

167.7

151.6

Intimidating, daunting and bold the Model T makers gave the f 450 everything they had. Largest wheelbase check, segment leader in length, width and height check, biggest ground clearance. With the contenders to the throne falling short the F 450 tightens its reign on the crown.

Safety

  • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Height Adjusters
  • Back-Up Camera
  • SOS Post Crash Alert System

Competition

F 450 vs Ram 4500

The chariot on wheels overpowers the Ram in almost every aspect and does so with class. The Ram has outdated interiors and tech that won’t please someone dropping north of 50k on a vehicle. The 4500 may make up for it in the towing department but the sheer size and the not so pleasing

F 450 vs GMC Sierra 3500 HD

The ¾ tonne trucks are barely a match for the behemoth. Rivaling its towing capacity all thanks to the Duramax engine the GMC gives F 450 stiff competition but in the end, is triumphed by the monstrosity called the Ford F-450.

F 450 vs Nissan Titan XD

An anomaly in the segment owing it to the large payload capacity but low towing capacity the Japanese is in for a hard time on the American soil. The Ford counterpart absolutely crushes the Nissan in every segment without mercy.

Final Verdict

The Ford F 450 is a big truck no doubt but it is also a niche truck that does not cater to a large demographic. With its weight and size, a F 350 can be configured to have better payload capacity than its dually big brother. With severely compromised urban maneuverability and a niche set of skills, the F-450 is not a car that a silly sally would dilly dally in. The average Joe would afford this if he only has the dough, if not we suggest going with its foes.

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