2017 Ford Super Duty

absolutely! AUTO REVIEW | By Steve Kursar –

The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty is the reigning Truck of Texas as voted on by the Texas Auto Writers Association. It’s a well-deserved honor. This truck was completely reengineered from the ground up to be tough enough to take the punishment and carry its load at any construction zone or oilfield. But, whereas these trucks used to be all work and definitely no luxury, the newest Super Duty does double duty. It’s equally at home getting dusty at the ranch and then showing up for a night at the opera.

The Super Duty Series of Ford trucks make up a small percentage of the entire pickup truck market. These are the trucks you want when towing large trailers or hauling heavy loads on a daily basis. They’re normally powered by large diesel engines, because they need the type of low-end torque that only diesel can provide. Also, diesel engines are far more durable than gasoline powered ones, giving these trucks a longer life while doing the tough stuff.

This new Super Duty takes a radical step toward fuel economy by cutting weight through the utilization of high strength, military grade, aluminum alloy in its body. Combine that with an all-new, fully boxed frame made with almost all high strength steel, this Super Duty is nearly 350 pounds lighter than the previous model.

Unlike light duty pickup trucks, the Ford Super Duty comes in a vast variety of configurations, starting with the base single cab F-250 with an MSRP of $32,535. The base engine is a gasoline powered 385 hp, 6.2 liter V8 engine. The real performer under the hood is the Ford’s own second generation 440 hp, 6.7 liter PowerStroke turbo diesel that produces best-in-class 925 lb-ft of torque. In other words, if you can’t tow it with a Super Duty, it can’t be towed.

If you do opt for higher trims and more features, the Super Duty can get pricey, but some of the tech options are worth every penny. If you tow frequently, a must is the ultimate trailer tow camera system, which uses four digital, high-definition cameras to give the driver a 360 degree, bird’s-eye view of the truck. It allows any rookie to back up the Super Duty to a trailer like a veteran.

Want to drive this year’s Truck of Texas? Then put the new Ford Super Duty on your new truck shopping list.

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