It gets bigger and better in the Ford F-350 Super Duty

test drive


2017 Ford F-350 4x4 Crew Cab Platinum 176” Styleside
• Full-Size Pickup, 4x4
• 6.7L Power Stroke V8 diesel engine
• 6-speed automatic transmission
• Boxlink cargo system
• 110V/400W outlet
• Lane Keeping Alert
• Front, rear and 360-degree camera, ultimate trailer tow camera
• Reverse sensing
• Gooseneck hitch kit
• Snowplow prep/camper package
• 5th Wheel Hitch Prep Package
• Upfitter switches
• 5 Year/100k Powertrain Limited Warranty & Roadside Assistance. 3 Year/36k Bumper to Bumper
• MPG not rated (not required by EPA)
MSRP: Around $81.2k, pictured
As always, check with dealer for details

I’m actually not joking when I point out that the Ford F-350 Super Duty Platinum Styleside was too big for the photo box…because this one-ton pickup truck is big, inside and out, and it had to stretch the borders a bit to fit. With the size of the truck and even the length of the sticker name, it’s a lucky thing I’m moving to this new page with a bit more room, eh?
As a fairly confirmed city boy, I don’t often drive duallies (trucks with four tires on the rear axle for towing and hauling), and it’s definitely a different experience. What I really liked about this trip was that experience was a lot more comfortable, with a little help from Ford’s installed technology.
First up is the Lane Keeping alert system. Not a full lane-keep assist system (that would actually steer the vehicle), the lane alert system is the best choice for big vehicles that are likely towing a load. Why do I like it? It let me confidently drive the F-350 on tighter roads and highways without the fear of slipping over into another lane because I’m used to more narrow shoulders on my vehicles (not on me ... I have broad shoulders ... at 6’10” I’ve often been told that I make a good door). When the truck exceeds around 37 mph, if it senses you drifting out of the lane, it vibrates the seat, sounds a tone and even shakes the steering wheel ever so slightly— perfect for a large vehicle without overwhelming.
The other feature? I think the top-down 360-degree camera (with front and rear cameras in addition) is indispensable, and it will make anyone’s giant truck driving easier, especially if you move in tight confines (like parking lots) or neighborhoods with lots of dogs and kids. The low-mounted cameras let you see what are in-front of and behind you, when your view is blocked by, well, the rest of the truck!  The 360-degree camera is great for parking as well, letting you know how close you are coming to cars around you. I even used it to try and park straight on the lot at Western Slope Ford (I failed, but I got closer than I’ve ever been on the first try).
On the road, the F-350 is surprisingly graceful (like finding out a sumo wrestler knows how to ballroom dance). At the Platinum trim level (and, I would imagine a few lower), it’s also elegantly quiet (like finding out the sumo wrestler also knows how to sing). Inside and driving, it’s difficult to tell that it’s actually a diesel, unless you’re towing and hauling, with a quiet, reasonable engine and a smooth, friendly ride with only the slightest heavy-truck kick when accelerating.
With recent rain, I only tried it off-road by a foot or two, but the truck comes with an off-road package.
With the Platinum trim, the inside is elegant and durable, with soft but hardy-looking leather seats and a kickin’ stereo that was only made better by the noise seal in the cabin. I also really thought the panoramic sunroof was clever…on a single button press it doesn’t open all the way, but stops right before the airflow made the cabin windy.
You can check out this elegant work truck (like if a sumo wrestler was wearing a suit) at Western Slope Ford, west of Mesa Mall on 6 & 50.
I bet the F-350 could push that sumo wrestler out of the ring, no matter how well he sings and dances….

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