2010 Ford F-450

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Key Specs

of the 2010 Ford F‑450. Base trim shown.

Our Take

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The Good

  • Best available tow ratings for any pickup, up to 24,500 pounds
  • Wide range of interior styles and unique trim packages
  • New information display mode tells when diesel particulate filter is regenerating
  • Improved ride quality, lower noise levels
  • Little features like front step, supplemental cab heater
  • 6.8-liter V-10 gas engine offers diesel-like performance

The Bad

  • Base V-8 power is underwhelming
  • Better performance expected from 6.4-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8
  • No exhaust brake for the 6.4-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8

Notable Features of the 2010 Ford F-450

  • Cabela's package for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts
  • Special-edition King Ranch, Cabela's and Harley-Davidson F-450 models available
  • Available factory spray-on bedliner
  • Ford Work Solutions keeps track of tools and job-site activities
  • 2010 is the last year that Super Duty will be available with a manual transmission

2010 Ford F-450 Overview

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Vehicle Overview
The Super Duty is one of the toughest and most versatile trucks on the market, but Ford has left its heavy-duty pickup truck virtually unchanged for 2010.

The Super Duty is available in regular cab, SuperCab and crew cab in either 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain. The regular cab comes only with an 8-foot cargo bed, while the other two cabs can be ordered with either an 8-foot or 6.75-foot bed.

The F-350 SuperCab long bed and crew cab long bed can be ordered with dual rear wheels. The F-450 comes only in crew cab long bed with DRW.

The trim designations have been changed slightly for 2010: The FX4 off-road package is available for the XL, XLT and Lariat trims. The new Cabela's trim incorporates the FX4 package and adds Cabela's embroidery, decals and other features.



A properly equipped F-250 can carry 3,200 pounds and tow more than 16,000 pounds. The F-350 goes up to 5,700 and 18,400 pounds, respectively. The F-450 can carry three tons of payload and has a maximum tow rating of 24,500 pounds (with a fifth wheel trailer hitch).


New for 2010
The Cabela's special edition pickup is based on the off-road-inspired FX4 trim. Ford says more than 75 percent of F-Series owners hunt or fish, so the Cabela's package is designed to appeal to those likely to shop at the outfitter. There are interior materials unique to the package and additional lockable storage for firearms.

The Harley-Davidson edition returns on the F-450 model. This Harley is easy to spot, with large ...
Vehicle Overview
The Super Duty is one of the toughest and most versatile trucks on the market, but Ford has left its heavy-duty pickup truck virtually unchanged for 2010.

The Super Duty is available in regular cab, SuperCab and crew cab in either 4x2 or 4x4 drivetrain. The regular cab comes only with an 8-foot cargo bed, while the other two cabs can be ordered with either an 8-foot or 6.75-foot bed.

The F-350 SuperCab long bed and crew cab long bed can be ordered with dual rear wheels. The F-450 comes only in crew cab long bed with DRW.

The trim designations have been changed slightly for 2010: The FX4 off-road package is available for the XL, XLT and Lariat trims. The new Cabela's trim incorporates the FX4 package and adds Cabela's embroidery, decals and other features.



A properly equipped F-250 can carry 3,200 pounds and tow more than 16,000 pounds. The F-350 goes up to 5,700 and 18,400 pounds, respectively. The F-450 can carry three tons of payload and has a maximum tow rating of 24,500 pounds (with a fifth wheel trailer hitch).


New for 2010
The Cabela's special edition pickup is based on the off-road-inspired FX4 trim. Ford says more than 75 percent of F-Series owners hunt or fish, so the Cabela's package is designed to appeal to those likely to shop at the outfitter. There are interior materials unique to the package and additional lockable storage for firearms.

The Harley-Davidson edition returns on the F-450 model. This Harley is easy to spot, with large blue flame decals coming from the side vents. The familiar cues of a black leather interior and metal badges maintain the theme.

Finally, Ford is offering a spray-on factory bedliner.


Exterior
The Super Duty's bulk is well-proportioned, even on short-bed models. Ford offers a wide range of colors, paint schemes and different wheels to help distinguish the different trim lines and special packages. For commercial customers, there's a pickup-box-delete option, so custom service bodies can be adapted to the chassis.
  • PowerScope tow mirrors standard on some models; manual telescoping trailer mirror standard on others
  • Available moonroof on crew cab
  • Front and rear step bumpers help access engine bay, cargo box
  • Available tubular side steps or running boards
  • Off-road package includes skid plates
  • Power-sliding rear window standard on Lariat, available on other models
  • Available tailgate step


Interior
The Super Duty has a luxury option for almost every application. Like the off-road look of the FX4 but want heated leather seats, the Sync entertainment system and a six-CD changer? Order the FX4 Luxury Package.

Other packages include the Lariat Plus, Lariat Ultimate and the Cabela's Luxury Package. Certain packages require specific trim levels. The Harley-Davidson F-450 and King Ranch have front and rear captain's chairs with leather-trimmed center consoles. On diesel models, there's an available Rapid-Heat supplemental heater to warm up the cab quickly on cold mornings.
  • Available premium sound system with eight speakers and a subwoofer
  • Available navigation, Sirius Satellite Radio
  • All sound systems have auxiliary input jack for MP3 players
  • Available power-adjustable pedals
  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • FlexFold rear seat provides steel load floor


Under the Hood
  • 300-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, single overhead camshafts and three valves per cylinder, rated at 365 pounds-feet of peak torque
  • 362-hp, 6.8-liter V-10, with iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, single overhead camshaft and three valves per cylinder, rated at 457 pounds-feet of peak torque
  • 350-hp, 6.4-liter V-8 turbo-diesel, iron block and cylinder heads, cam-in-block and four valves per cylinder, rated at 650 pounds-feet of peak torque (325-hp and 600 pounds-feet of torque for F-450 models)
  • Six-speed manual transmission (standard on all three engines)
  • Five-speed automatic transmission (available on all three engines)


Safety
The Super Duty comes with antilock brakes, massive four-wheel disc brakes and front airbags. Traction control is available.
  • Top-tether anchors for child-safety seats
  • Available backup camera
  • SOS post-crash alert system


Of Interest to Truck Owners
Maximum GVW
  • Ford F-250 (regular cab single rear wheel, SuperCab SRW, crew cab SRW) 6.4-liter diesel V-8, auto: 23,000 pounds
  • Ford F-350 (regular cab dual rear wheel, SuperCab DRW, crew cab DRW) 6.4-liter diesel V-8, auto: 23,500 pounds
  • Ford F-450 (crew cab DRW) 6.4-liter diesel V-8, auto: 27,000 pounds


Maximum payload capacity
  • Ford F-250 (crew cab single rear wheel): 2,830 pounds
  • Ford F-350 (crew cab dual rear wheel): 5,350 pounds
  • Ford F-450 (crew cab dual rear wheel): 6,190 pounds


Maximum towing capacity
  • Ford F-250 (regular cab SRW) 6.4-liter diesel V-8, auto: 16,300 pounds
  • Ford F-350 (regular cab DRW) 6.4-liter diesel V-8, auto: 18,800 pounds
  • Ford F-450 (crew cab DRW) 6.4-liter diesel V-8, auto: 24,600 pounds


  • Fuel tank capacity: 38 gallons
  • Axle ratio: 3.73:1, 4.10:1, 4.30:1 (F-350), 4.30:1, 4.88:1, 5.38:1 (F-450/F-550)
  • Crawl ratio: 65.73:1 (six-speed manual with 4.30:1 axle)
  • Minimum ground clearance: 7.0-7.1 inches (4x2), 7.4-7.8 inches (4x4)
  • Approach angle: 20.9-22.4 degrees (4x2), 22.8-23.6 degrees (4x4)
  • Departure angle: 16.2-17.0 degrees (4x2), 17.3-20.3 degrees (4x4)
  • Ramp breakover: 10.9-15.2 degrees (4x2), 15.5-20.2 degrees (4x4)
  • Cargo-bed load height: 33.9-35.1 inches (4x2), 34.4-37.3 inches (4x4)
  • Cargo floor length: 81.8 inches (standard bed), 98 inches (long bed)
  • Cargo floor width: 69.3 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 50.9 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 20.1 inches




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What Drivers Are Saying

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Nicest truck I have ever owned

by Lopezguy from Shoreline WA on April 7, 2018

Originally I was looking at F250s & F350s, but I am so glad I looked at the F450. The commercial frame is beefy enough to haul pretty much any fifth wheel, trailer or camper that I might buy. The ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2010 Ford F-450 currently has 10 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2010 Ford F-450 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The F-450 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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