2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty

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2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty Review: Long In The Tooth But Still A Lot Of Bite

When you need unbridled power, there are few better choices than the 2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty. There is nothing shy about this pickup truck; it costs a fair penny, starting at $35,745, and will keep chipping away at your wallet with its atrocious fuel consumption figures. But few rivals can beat its impressive towing capacity of 35,750 pounds when properly equipped. You'll want the huge displacement turbo diesel V8 for this, as it grants the F-350 Super Duty pickup 475 horsepower and a whopping 1,050 lb-ft of torque. It certainly doesn't hurt its appeal that it looks super imposing and has rugged off-roading capabilities - not that trucks need any help to sell well in the USA. Ford has made sure to keep its F-Series up to date to ensure that it is always king of the workhorse arena, with rivals like the Ram 3500, Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD, and Sierra 3500HD all vying for second place.

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2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty Changes: ๐Ÿš™Whatโ€™s the difference vs 2020 Ford F-350 Super Duty?

For the new model year, Ford changed up the available color palette by replacing Blue Jean, Magnetic, and Silver Spruce with Antimatter Blue, Carbonized Gray, and Lithium Gray. Since the F-350 pickup was heavily revised last year, the rest of the updates are minor. A bed-step is now optional from XL trim upwards, while manual-telescoping power trailer tow mirrors with heated glass are now included in the XL power equipment group for models with dual rear wheels. Adaptive steering is made standard on Limited trims, and optional to Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum configurations.

Pros and Cons

  • Selection of three great engines
  • Commodious cabin options
  • Can tow small mountains
  • Looks and feels great to drive
  • Can be super pricey if you want more than the base model
  • Guzzles fuel like a sailor on shore leave
  • Not as modern and up to date as rivals

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2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
XL
6.2L V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$35,745
XLT
6.2L V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$40,620
Lariat
6.2L V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$48,735
King Ranch
6.2L V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$59,610
Platinum
6.2L V8 Flex-fuel (FFV)
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$65,525

F-350 Super Duty Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 231.8 in
  • Wheelbase 142.0 in
  • Height 78.1 in
  • Max Width 96.0 in

Exterior Colors

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Green Gem, Requires Valid FIN Code
  • School Bus Yellow, Requires Valid FIN Code
  • Green, Requires Valid FIN Code
  • Orange, Requires Valid FIN Code
  • Vermillion Red, Requires Valid FIN Code
  • Yellow, Requires Valid FIN Code
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Lithium Gray Metallic
  • Antimatter Blue Metallic
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Oxford White
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F-350 Super Duty Performance

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Engine and Transmission

There really is no loser when it comes to the available engine choices, but the 2021 F-350 truck is a heavy, lumbering beast, so the standard 6.2-liter V8 gas engine may feel a little underwhelming. It develops 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque, which allows it to tow a respectable 16,700 lbs. If you care about fuel economy, it's the one to go for, since it can run on Flex Fuel and achieves the best gas mileage figures in the range.

The mid-tier 7.3-liter 8-cylinder only costs $1,700 more, but it ups the outputs to 430 hp and 475 lb-ft. This consequently increases maximum towing to 21,000 lbs. It doesn't hurt that it also makes the hefty hauler feel a little more sprightly around town.

Topping the charts is the 6.7-liter turbo diesel V8, which adds more than $10k to your total price. Don't let the fact that it runs on diesel fool you, it may be the most frugal option here, but that's still only around 14 mpg. But, in exchange, you get access to 475 hp and 1,050 lb-ft, which allows you to lug around 21,200 lbs of stuff in the conventional configuration, and a near-class-leading 35,750 lbs with a gooseneck setup. All motors come mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and a standard rear-wheel drivetrain. You can get all-wheel drive at an extra cost.

  • Engines
    6.2L V8 Flex-fuel (FFV), 6.7L Turbo Diesel, 6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel, 7.3L Twincharged Gas
  • Transmissions
    10-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

F-350 Super Duty Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    34.0 Gallons
* 2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty XL 2WD Regular Cab 8' Box DRW

F-350 Super Duty Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    3-seater
  • Front Leg Room 43.9 in
  • Front Head Room 40.8 in

F-350 Super Duty Trunk and Cargo Space

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F-350 Super Duty Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

Verdict: ๐ŸIs the 2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty a good pickup truck?

The 2021 F-350 Super Duty may be the big dog, but it's also a bit of an old dog. It doesn't have a particularly modern infotainment suite, and the quality of the interior is not up to scratch. The safety features are also a little behind the times, and since won't find a review of the 2021 Ford F-350 Super Duty from any safety rating organization, you'd need to fork over your money for the higher-spec versions to get all the available features and driver assists. Still, its build quality and reputation help to earn it great reliability ratings.

Where it still manages to be ahead of the competition is performance. No other vehicle in the segment can haul or tow as much as the Ford. The fourth-gen Super Duty still reigns supreme, despite its failings, and tows a massive 35,750 lbs when properly equipped. It can also be configured as a proper off-roading car, although even the standard model can tackle some rougher terrain. Try as they might, rivals simply can't get ahead of Ford where it matters, but once the Super Duty line receives a proper overhaul, the automaker will truly cement itself.

๐Ÿš—What Ford F-350 Super Duty Model Should I Buy?

You can stick with the cheaper trims if you just want the Super Duty as a workhorse. You'll want the most expensive engine - the diesel V8 - but you can settle for a lower trim like the XLT. You'll also want the 2-door standard cab for less overall weight. But, if you want the F-350 to double as a daily driver and possibly a family car, the 4-door crew cab is a must. You could upgrade to a Lariat trim for more features, but since the Ford pickup is not quite on the same level as the competition in this regard, you won't really be getting the most value for your money. The price of a Ford F-350 Super Duty pickup truck in standard XLT guise starts at $40,620.

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