The Ford F-350 is a very strong pickup truck. It also offers best-in-class towing. Compared to Ford's popular F-150 pickup truck, it is an extra-heavy-duty version. The Ford's F-Series truck line has been the single best-selling vehicle line in the US since 1981, and also claims the title of the best-selling pickups since way back in 1977.

The F-350 has been a Ford Super Duty truck since the 1999 model year. It is made with heavier-duty components, and is built on a stronger chassis than the lighter F-150. What this means is that if you need to get the really tough jobs done, and those jobs are too much for a standard light-duty pickup, you need a Ford F-350. The Super Duty trucks from Ford happen to be the best-selling heavy-duty pickup trucks in the USA.

There's Lots That's New For 2017

A total redesign is the really big news for the F-350 in the 2017 model year. An all-new frame that is fully boxed and made of 95 percent high-strength steel forms the foundation of the 2017 F-350. Compared to the previous frame, it is now up to 24 times stiffer.

The other big F-350 news is the body, which has switched materials from steel to military-grade aluminum alloy, which is light in weight but still very strong. This new body construction saved 350 pounds of weight, which allowed other load-bearing components to be made even stronger. What this means for you is better hauling and towing capacity than ever before.

Best-in-class towing capability is the excellent result. The F-350 delivers maximum gooseneck towing capacity of 32,000 lbs., fifth-wheel towing capacity of 27,500 lbs., and a gross combined weight rating of up to 40,000 lbs.

Other updates include a camera in the center high-mounted stop lamp, which gives you great visibility into the pickup bed. This also helps when you are hooking up a trailer. Backing up a trailer is now easier with the Trailer Reverse Guidance feature. Also available is a camera that can be placed right on your trailer, for better vision when backing up.

Also of interest to those who tow is the Blind Spot Information System with trailer tow. This is optimized for include trailers up to 33 feet long; It also utilizes radar sensors in the F-350's taillights to monitor those areas that can't be seen by the driver.

F-350 Available In Five Trim Levels

The 2017 Ford F-350 comes in five trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. Ford gives you the choice of luxury-car fancy, work-truck Spartan, or a few levels that split the difference. Whatever your lifestyle, the F-350 can be optioned up or down to meet your needs.

Three cab styles are available. These are regular cab, super cab and crew cab. Options on bed length are 6 3/4 feet and 8 feet long. Be aware that some cab styles aren't available in all models, or with all bed length options.

All Ford F-350 trim levels come as either a 4x2 or a 4x4.

Engine Power That Performs For You

The 2017 F-350's standard engine is a 6.2-liter gasoline V8 engine with 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Should you need more than that, the optional 6.7-liter V8 turbo diesel engine, with 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque, should be just right. Both engines are coupled to six-speed heavy-duty automatic transmissions.

Standard Safety Features On F-350

The F-350 comes standard with two front seat front airbags, two front seat side airbags, and side-curtain airbags. Also included are a warning system for when seatbelts are not buckled, plus child tethers and a post-crash alert system.

The 2017 Ford F-350 Is One Strong Pickup Truck

The 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty will take on any work challenge you can throw at it and come out on top. Contact us today at Tom Masano Ford in Reading for a heavy-duty test drive in this heavy-duty pickup truck!



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