By Cars.com EditorsJuly 24, 2014
About the video
Mark Williams, of Pickuptrucks.com, takes a look at the 2015 Ford Super Duty F-450.
(energetic rock music) I'm Mark Williams for PickupTrucks.com. And we're here in West Virginia, where Ford has just introduced the 2015 super-duties. Let's take a closer look. At the heart of the changes for 2015 is the 6.7 liter power stroke.
Now it's got 440 horsepower, 860 foot pounds of torque that's segment leading it in its class. How does it get it done? A bigger turbo, smarter injectors and a better software program. And this engine is across the lineup, F-250, F-350 and F-450, but it's here in the F-450, where we get the monster towing and gross combined weight rating numbers. With the exception of the new power stroke. The F-250 essentially stays exactly the same as the 2014 models. The F-350, max tow package has a couple of different changes, but the big changes to the vehicle are in the F-450. As long as you're looking carefully, you'll notice these are not eight lug ribs. 10 lugs, 19 and a half inch rims and 19 plied tires. This is essentially the front and rear axle from the 450 and 550 chassis cab models from last years super-duty. Now they're here on the F-450, which means bigger payloads, bigger towing capacities, and bigger GCW. As far as the interior, the only change is a newly-styled King Ranch trim package. The rest of it, exactly the same from 2014 across the lineup, 250, 350, 450. And that's a shame because both the GM and Ram heavy-duties have completely upped their game, as far as the interiors and Ford is lagging behind. Well, it would be a tragedy if we didn't talk about maximum towing capacities and maximum gross combined weight ratings for both the 350 and 450 with these 2015 model super duties. First of all, the F-350 with the max tow package has a maximum fifth wheel towing capacity of 26,700 pounds and a maximum GCW rating of 35,000 pounds. That's up several thousand pounds from the 2014 models. For the F-450, hold onto your seats. 31,200 pounds, maximum fifth wheel or gooseneck towing capacity segment class leading shatters by almost 1500 pounds, the Ram heavy-duty record and the gross combined weight rating, 40,000 pounds. That's half of a big rig commercial truck. Well, of course the real question is how does the power upgrade and the axle and suspension upgrade translate into the real world. Thankfully, Ford allowed us to drive a lot of different versions and a lot of different trim packages of their new super-duties. And we had a chance to see what the new power stroke is like in each one of the big trucks. The three quarter ton, the one tons, and the one ton, plus the F-450 and the 450 tows like an absolute champ. The extra power and the control delivered from the platform and suspension makes you very confident, even towing some of the heaviest loads we've towed in a long time. And the new power stroke horsepower in a empty F-350 made it feel like a rocket ship. Fuel economy doesn't look like it's down either. In fact, some of the engineers told us they specifically spent a lot of time on these new, smarter injectors in order to, even though there's more torque and there's more horsepower, you still get better or the same fuel economy that you did from the previous less powerful engine. So overall, this seems like a pretty good pairing of the new platform, the new engine with the new 2015 super duty. One last feature we want to make sure to mention is the new gooseneck ball and gooseneck arms that Ford has created for this special F-450. We think it's very cool. As far as trim packages, XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and platinum price ranges are going to start right around $32,000 and go all the way up to the mid-sixties. And then depending on what options you get, could easily get up into the 75,000 range. The platinum I'm sitting on top of right now, $74,000. If you're looking for more information on the full lineup of 2015 super-duties, go to PickupTrucks.com. (wind blowing) (engine revving)