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2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty

$47,375 - $86,505
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Ford F-450 Super Duty

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Review: The Towing & Hauling King

by Jared Rosenholtz

Within the three tiers of Ford's range of hardworking Super Duty trucks, the F-450 sits right on top. With a mighty tow rating of up to 35,000 pounds, dual rear wheel 4x2 or 4x4 configurations, and a mega 6.7-liter turbodiesel engine with 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft of torque, the F-450's hauling capabilities are enough for the toughest jobs. You can also specify a snow-plow package, a fifth-wheel prep pack, and a heavy-duty front suspension. The big Ford also has a comfortable, spacious cabin, while six trims cater to those looking for a durable workhorse or a more luxurious truck that can also serve for family duties. While the F-450's tow ratings lead the way, the Ram 3500 and GMC Sierra 3500HD are worthy competitors, if you won't be towing close to the F-450's maximum capacity.

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 F-450 Super Duty?

Mechanically unchanged, Ford has focused the F-450's 2019 updates on adjusting a few available features and adding some extras. New is the FordPass Connect 4G Wi-Fi modem, which replaces SYNC Connect. In line with current trends, a CD player has been removed, but a Bang and Olufsen premium sound system has replaced the previously used Sony unit. An Advanced Security Pack is now standard on the XLT trim, an engine block heater is available as an option in all states, and two new exterior colors have been added to the available palette. The F-450 is now also available in Regular Cab configuration with the XL and XLT trims.

Pros and Cons

  • Class-leading towing capacity
  • Supremely powerful turbodiesel engine
  • Spacious and well-built cabin
  • Additional Regular Cab configuration for 2019
  • Upper trims have plenty of features
  • Nicely refined at a cruise
  • Lower payload than F-350 due to excess weight
  • Massive size can make city driving tricky
  • One of the pricier trucks on the market

F-450 Super Duty Exterior

Everything on the F-450 appears big and heavy - from the giant grille with its enlarged version of the Ford badge to the massive side mirrors, it's a truck that means business. The XL is positioned as a basic work truck and, as such, it has a black grille, black tow hooks, and black-painted steel bumpers. Higher up in the range, you get big lashings of chrome trim, LED box lighting, and a remote tailgate release. From the Platinum model up, LED fog lamps and taillamps are standard. The range-topper also comes with a twin-panel moonroof for the Crew Cab. As the only Ford Super Duty truck to have a standard dual-rear-wheel axle, the wheels are also unique to the F-450 with polished forged-aluminum wheels measuring 19.5 inches being fitted.

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Front View
2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Front Angle View
2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Rear Angle View
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Dimensions

With its dual rear-wheel (DRW) axle, the F-450 is significantly wider than other Super Duty trucks. Excluding the mirrors, the F-450 is 96 inches wide, a full 16 inches wider than single-rear-wheel (SRW) models. With the mirrors fully extended, the width increases to 110 inches. The Regular Cab is 81.7 inches in height, just 0.2 inches taller than the Crew Cab. Length varies from 231.8 inches for the Regular Cab to 266.2 inches for the Crew Cab. The wheelbase is 141.6 inches long for the Regular Cab, and up to 176 inches for the Crew Cab. Curb weight ranges between 7,730 pounds for the 4x2 Regular Cab and 8,600 lbs for the 4x4 Crew Cab.

For off-road driving, the F-450's ground clearance is 8.6 inches. The approach/departure/break-over angles are 19.5/21.5/25.3 degrees for the Regular Cab.

Both the Regular Cab and the Crew Cab have an eight-foot box. The length at the floor is 98.1 inches and the maximum width at the floor is 66.9 inches, while the width between the wheelhouse is 50.5 inches.

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Exterior Colors

  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Magma Red Metallic, Build Out:12/20/2018
  • Blue Jeans Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Stone Gray Metallic
  • Silver Spruce, Build Out: 06/01/2019
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Race Red
  • Magnetic Metallic

F-450 Super Duty Performance

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Front View Driving
2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Side View
2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Badge

Engine and Transmission

All F-450's are fitted with the same Power Stroke 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 - and what an engine it is. Peak outputs are 450 horsepower and a mammoth 935 lb-ft of torque, the latter delivered at only 1,800 rpm. The motor is paired with a six-speed heavy-duty automatic transmission. Power gets sent to the rear wheels, and four-wheel drive is optional.

Unladen, an F-450 can hit 60 mph in around eight seconds, which feels like ample power in such a large truck. Even when hauling over 10,000 lbs around, the F-450 doesn't feel sluggish. The maximum conventional towing capacity is 21,000 pounds, and up to 35,000 lbs for fifth-wheel/gooseneck towing. Away from a traffic light, some initial turbo lag is perceptible, but you soon adjust, and once on the move, the engine provides solid mid-range grunt thanks to mountains of torque. There are also no complaints with the transmission, which shifts gears smoothly and is set up to handle tough conditions - for example, shifting is reduced when going uphill or towing heavy loads.

  • Engine
    6.7-liter Turbo V8 Diesel
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

While there's no getting away from its sheer size, the F-450 does have one clear advantage over the F-350 and F-250: a wide-track front axle. This allows the front wheels to turn a lot more sharply in the F-450, significantly reducing the turning radius and making the F-450 feel more maneuverable. Available adaptive steering (standard on higher trims) also reduces the steering effort depending on speed and load, improving the driver's ability to control the big truck easily.

With its beefed-up suspension components helping it deliver those impressive towing capacities, the F-450's ride is rather firm when empty. Things smooth out a bit when the truck is loaded up, and together with its hefty weight and the huge reserves of torque, the F-450 is quite pleasant on the open road, tracking straight and feeling reassuringly planted. Towing is made easier thanks to power-extending side mirrors and the good camera system; blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage is available, too. Thanks to the standard dual rear wheels of the F-450, stability is increased when towing heavy loads. The truck is also well insulated from wind and road noise.

F-450 Super Duty Gas Mileage

While EPA-rated estimates are unavailable for the F-450, there's a reason that Ford offers a large 48-gallon gas tank on the Crew Cab. Real-world reports indicate average consumption of around 10.5 mpg for the Crew Cab, translating to a combined cruising range of around 504 miles on a full tank of ultra-low sulfur diesel. The lighter Regular Cab is likely to improve on these numbers, but an F-450 in any configuration consumes diesel at the rapid rate you would expect of such a big, powerful truck.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    29.0 Gallons
* 2019 Ford F-450 XL 2WD Regular Cab 8' Box

F-450 Super Duty Interior

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Dashboard
2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Steering Wheel
2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Dashboard
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Seating and Interior Space

The F-450 seats three people in the Regular Cab, and either five or six in the Crew Cab, depending on the trim or options chosen. XL and XLT models have a 40/20/40 split-folding front bench, with the Lariat trim and above replacing this bench with two bucket seats and a sizable center console.

The F-450 uses its large dimensions well, with headroom and legroom sufficient for all occupants. Legroom at the back of the Crew Cab is especially good. Seating comfort is average for lower trims, improving as you go up the range, although cushioning, in general, could be plusher. Finding a comfortable driving position is aided by a tilt and telescoping steering wheel column, with power operation on the more expensive trims. Ingress and egress can be trickier for children or older people, as the F-450 sits high off the ground and requires some effort to climb into and extra care when getting out. Side steps, well-sized door openings, and grab handles do help, however.

  • Seating capacity
    3-seater

F-450 Super Duty Trunk and Cargo Space

The F-450 only comes with the larger eight-foot box (the F-350 and F-250 have smaller standard box sizes) so cargo capacity is a useful 78.5 cubic feet. Together with a maximum payload of 6,190 pounds for the 4x2 Regular Cab, the F-450 can accommodate plenty of passengers, cargo or heavy-duty equipment. Cargo volume behind the front seats is 11.6 cubes in the Regular Cab, and 52.1 in the Crew Cab.

On six-seater models, there is a smaller front console for storing items like mobile phones or wallets. The five-seater has a much larger flow-through center console with cupholders and a lockable storage compartment. On the Crew Cab, you also get partitioned and lockable fold-flat storage at the back. Front map pockets are fitted to all models, while the Crew Cab has map pockets at the back as well. Rear-seat passengers in the Crew Cab have a fold-down center armrest with dual integrated cup holders.

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Front View Driving
2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Side View
2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Rear View

F-450 Super Duty Infotainment and Features

Features

Across the F-450's six trims, there is something for everyone, from the basic XL to the premium Limited. Standard across the range are automatic on/off headlamps and a rearview camera with dynamic hitch assist. The XL has single-zone manual climate control and a 2.3-inch productivity screen, while the XLT adds power windows, a 4.2-inch productivity screen and cruise control. The Lariat trim encompasses ten-way power front seats, a power-sliding rear window, power-adjustable pedals, a reverse sensing system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Above this, the F-450 gets rather luxurious: features like a heated steering wheel, a power-adjustable steering column, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear outboard seats become available. The Limited Crew Cab also has a twin-panel moonroof.

Infotainment

You'll need to go for the Lariat trim and above to get Ford's user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system - below this level, the XL has little more than an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. The XLT adds SYNC voice recognition communications, MP3 compatibility, SiriusXM with a six-month trial subscription, a smart-charging USB port and a 4.2-inch color LCD screen.

From the Lariat and above, SYNC 3 significantly modernizes the F-450's cabin, even if the eight-inch LCD touchscreen is smaller than the screens on some modern competitors. Additional features at this level are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, 911 Assist, two USB charging ports, and FordPass Connect with an embedded 4G LTE modem and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. A Bang and Olufsen premium audio system uses ten speakers (including a subwoofer) and has HD radio as well. From the King Ranch trim and up, you also get voice-activated navigation with integrated SiriusXM Traffic, along with Travel Link, including a five-year subscription.

F-450 Super Duty Problems and Reliability

While the F-450 doesn't yet have a J.D. Power rating, the reduced-capability F-350 holds a rating of 82 out of 100, indicating a good level of quality and dependability for Ford's Super Duty truck range. A couple of recalls have affected the 2019 F-450, as indicated by the NHTSA. An issue with seatback strength was found to be a cause of potential injury in an accident, while a reversed backup camera image could result in a driver turning in the wrong direction to avoid an obstacle. A block heater cable splice connector could also corrode, posing a fire risk. In another recall, an unsecured park crawl increases the risk of a crash. 2017-2018 models were also affected by brake lights that may illuminate randomly, confusing following drivers. Over the last decade or so, there has been a drop in overall customer complaints, with the 2012 model year being one of the more troublesome - this indicates an improvement in dependability for the latest generation of the F-450.

All F-450's are covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty, a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and corrosion (perforation only) for five years with unlimited miles. Roadside assistance is for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first.

F-450 Super Duty Safety

While the Ford F-450 hasn't been crash-tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS, Ford has a decent safety record for its trucks, with the smaller 2019 F-150 receiving a Good rating in all major crashworthiness tests from the IIHS.

Lower trims miss out on the most useful driver-assist safety features, but all models get dual front airbags, front-seat side airbags, and a Safety Canopy System with side-curtain airbags and a rollover sensor. Also standard is AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, child seat anchors, a rearview camera, trailer sway control, and an SOS post-crash alert system. The Lariat adds a reverse sensing system, while the King Ranch trim and above get automatic high-beam headlamps and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The Platinum trim includes blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage and cross-traffic alert, while the Limited adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake support, as well as lane-keeping alert. The range-topper also has the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with a 360-degree camera and split-view display.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty a good Truck?

While the F-250 and F-350 Super Duty trucks will be enough for most, the F-450 takes towing and hauling to a class-leading level. When properly equipped, the 35,000-pound towing capacity is hard to argue with. Along with the 450-horsepower turbodiesel, the extra-wide front axle for improved maneuverability, and the dual-rear-wheel setup for enhanced towing stability, the Ford blends ultimate ability with a spacious and family-friendly cabin like few other trucks. Of course, with its increased weight, the F-450's payload sees a drop relative to the F-350, so you'll need to carefully compare specification sheets to decide which truck best fits your needs. In its higher trims and/or with options added, the F-450's price can also escalate dramatically. If you don't need to tow at the upper end of the F-450's capability, then GMC's Sierra 3500HD, Ford's own F-350 Super Duty, and the Ram 3500 are viable alternatives worth looking at. If you do need all of the F-450's towing capability, then it virtually stands alone outside of full-on commercial trucks.

What's the Price of the 2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty?

The Ford F-450 Super Duty range kicks off with the XL at an MSRP of $47,375 for the Regular Cab. Next is the XLT at $52,255, followed by the mid-range, Crew Cab Lariat $63,905 and the King Ranch at $72,340. Moving into the more luxurious trim levels, the Platinum costs $75,585 and the range-topping Limited goes for $86,505.

For the base XL, upgrading from the Regular Cab to the Crew Cab will cost $4,420. The 4x4 drivetrain, meanwhile, adds $3,315. Upgrading from Regular Cab to Crew Cab and 4x2 to 4x4 will see similar price increases from trim to trim.

All prices exclude tax, licensing, registration, and a destination charge of $1,595.

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Models

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
XL
6.7-liter Turbo V8 Diesel
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$47,375
XLT
6.7-liter Turbo V8 Diesel
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$52,255
Lariat
6.7-liter Turbo V8 Diesel
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$63,905
King Ranch
6.7-liter Turbo V8 Diesel
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$70,840
Platinum
6.7-liter Turbo V8 Diesel
6-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$75,585
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What Ford F-450 Super Duty Model Should I Buy?

At $63,905, the mid-range Lariat offers most of the features you need without the excessive price of the more premium trims. The only limitation is that you can only get it in the Crew Cab configuration, with the workhorse Regular Cabs only available in the lower two trims. Still, this means you're getting must-have feature upgrades like the SYNC3 infotainment system, a superior premium sound system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. It's just a pity that many of the driver-assist safety features aren't standard, so we'd add on adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support for $740. Depending on your needs, you can also upgrade to the Tow Technology Package ($2,150) or the Snow Plough/Camper Package ($245). You'll still get one of the toughest trucks in the business for under $70,000.

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty Comparisons

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2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty vs Ford F-350 Super Duty

Both of these trucks share the same trim lines. The major differences are mechanical, with the F-450 using a standard 450-horsepower 6.7-liter turbodiesel and an extra-wide front axle. The F-350 can be optioned with this diesel engine, but uses a 385 hp 6.2-liter gasoline V8 by default. The F-450 also comes standard with a dual-rear-wheel layout - this is another option on the F-350. At a base level, the F-450 will cost you a considerable $13,055 more than the cheapest F-350. The F-350's maximum towing capacity is 3,000 pounds short of the F-450's but is still a considerable 32,000 lbs when properly equipped. Both have comfortable and spacious interiors that range from basic/durable to quite opulent on the upper Platinum and Limited trims. The F-350 is, however, also available as a Super Cab. Unless you must tow at the upper end of the F-450's range, the F-350 offers almost as much capability but is cheaper, has an extra engine option, and can be had as a Super Cab.

See Ford F-350 Super Duty Review

2019 Ford F-450 Super Duty vs GMC Sierra 3500HD

If you need to tow more than 23,100 pounds, then the Sierra 3500HD is immediately ruled out of contention with the F-450 as this is its maximum towing capacity, over 10,000 lbs below the F-450's capability. Towing ability aside, the Sierra is a competent truck that also enjoys spacious accommodations and a raft of available high-tech features. There's also the option of a 360-horsepower V8 gasoline engine, along with a turbodiesel, which gives shoppers a bit more choice. The Sierra's turbodiesel is nearly as strong as the F-450's, with 910 lb-ft of torque at its disposal. Both trucks aren't the smoothest, with firm suspensions set up to handle heavy loads. The Sierra is the noisier of the two though, with wind noise intruding more than in the F-450. Having being introduced in 2014, the GMC also feels a bit older than the Ford, which of course it is. If you want ultimate towing capability, the Ford has to be your choice. If your demands are less extreme, the Sierra 3500HD is still a good truck, but a better match for the Ford F-350 Super Duty.

See GMC Sierra 3500HD Review

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