2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty

2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty Review: A New Benchmark

Every one of Ford's Super Duty trucks leads their segment in terms of capability, and sitting at the very top of the range is the eminently capable F-450 Super Duty. Touched up for the new year, the pick-up gets a re-tuned turbo diesel V8 developing 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear or all four wheels, depending on your choice. Factory-built with a gooseneck hitch, the powerhouse truck is able to tow up to 37,000 lbs (the equivalent of three African elephants), while conventional towing maxes out at 24,200 lbs. While the Ram 3500 and GMC Sierra 3500HD recently underwent full-redesigns, all Ford needed to do was tweak its diesel engine to stay in the lead. Its rivals are certainly worthy pick-ups, but the F-450 remains the king of the hill, probably because it can tow it around with ease.

2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 F-450 Super Duty?

Unlike leading rivals such as GMC and RAM, Ford has not fully redesigned its heavy-duty king for 2020. It does look a little different, though, with an updated front fascia and new wheel designs for the dual-rear wheels. A number of features have also filtered down through the trim levels, such as automatic high beam assist coming standard, while more advanced driver-assistance features are available earlier. And while the F-450 doesn't get access to the new, stronger V8 gas engine that other Super Duty pick-ups do, it does get the updated turbo diesel V8 that develops 475 hp and 1,050 lb-ft, which now comes mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. There have been some changes to the available paint options, too, with Ingot Silver, White Platinum, Ruby Red, and Magma Red being deleted in favor of Iconic Silver, Star White, Velocity Blue, and Rapid Red.

Pros and Cons

  • Potent V8 turbo diesel engine
  • Two spacious cabin options
  • Well-appointed upper trim levels
  • Massive 37,000-lb towing capacity
  • Affordable starting price
  • Horrendous fuel economy
  • Interior and features are a bit dated
  • Price maxes out in the area of $100k

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2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
XL
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$50,210
XLT
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$55,985
Lariat
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$66,980
King Ranch
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$75,545
Platinum
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$80,755

F-450 Super Duty Exterior

Sitting at the top of the Super Duty range, the F-450 certainly looks as capable as it is. From its enormous grille, to the blocky quad halogen headlights, to the standard dual-rear wheels, everything about the pick-up advertises its massive capabilities. The entry-level XL comes with solid black grilles framed by automatic quad halogen headlights, while the upper trims get chrome-trimmed grilles and the upper-most trims boast LED head- and taillights as well as fog lights. Every model comes standard with 19.5-inch alloy wheels and a dual-rear-wheel configuration. The Regular Cab is mounted as standard on the XL and XLT, while the optional Crew Cab comes standard on the remaining trims. The only cargo bed available to the F-450 is the longer eight-foot bed.

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Dimensions

The F-450 isn't as customizable as some of the lighter-duty pick-ups. Only the shortest and longest wheelbases are available, either 141.6 inches or 176 inches, along with the longer eight-foot cargo bed, giving the truck an overall length of between 231.8 inches and 266.2 inches. The strongest Super Duty stands tall at around 82 inches and wider than most at 105.9 inches with mirrors, thanks to the standard dual-rear-wheel configuration. When necessary, the truck can go off-road with its 8.6-inch ground clearance, but the angles of approach and departure aren't that impressive - 18.5 - 19 degrees and 18.3 - 21.6 degrees, respectively. You'll be hard-pressed to find a heavier vehicle on the road, with the lightest F-450 weighing in at 7,712 pounds, while the heaviest tips the scale at a whopping 8,587 lbs.

  • Length 231.8 in
  • Wheelbase 142.0 in
  • Height 81.7 in
  • Max Width 96.0 in

2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty Exterior Colors

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Stone Gray Metallic
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Blue Jeans Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Silver Spruce Metallic
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Race Red

F-450 Super Duty Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Unlike the lower-tier Super Duty trucks, the F-450 is presented with only one powertrain. While the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 carries over from last year, it doesn't do so unchanged. For 2020, the already capable diesel engine has been powered up to deliver 475 hp and 1,050 hp. That's not the only upgrade, either, with the old six-speed automatic gearbox swapped out for a far more efficient ten-speed automatic transmission. All this power is directed towards the rear wheels as standard, but the four-wheel drivetrain is available to every model. Only the top-tier Limited comes standard with four-wheel-drive.

The engine certainly isn't lacking, moving the four-ton truck without much fuss, getting up to 60 mph from a standstill in around eight seconds. This acceleration isn't too adversely affected when the truck is loaded to capacity, either. Since the F-450 comes equipped with a gooseneck hitch as standard, it's maximum towing capacity is set at 37,000 lbs right off the bat. That's the equivalent of approximately seven Blue Whale tongues. If you do decide to tow conventionally, the pick-up can pull 24,200 lbs in its optimal guise.

  • Engine
    6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
  • Transmission
    10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

There's no denying that the F-450 Super Duty is a gargantuan beast of a truck. It certainly has the power to move around without much trouble, but its size and weight still work against it in terms of handling. However, unlike the smaller F-350 and F-250, the top-tier pick-up boasts a particularly wide front axle, which gives it a surprisingly tight turning radius. This helps the Ford feel slightly less cumbersome than it is around town, and the available adaptive steering is not unwelcome, either.

The rugged and durable construction of the truck means that it is pretty solid on the road, but even with a bump here and there, it delivers a relatively smooth ride. Load it up, though, and the extra weight helps the pick-up smooth over the bumps more easily to feel downright pleasant. Naturally, the heavy vehicle remains planted on the road during regular driving, but try taking a corner at speed, and that quickly changes. This is a workhorse, not a racehorse.

The power-extending side tow mirrors and available blind-spot monitoring or surround view camera make towing a breeze. And speaking of breezes, the cabin is well-insulated so road and wind noise shouldn't be a problem. On the rare occasion when they may creep in, they are effortlessly drowned out by the roar of the V8 engine.

F-450 Super Duty Gas Mileage

Heavy-duty trucks are thirsty beasts, and the F-450 needs a lot of fuel to do the heavy lifting it does. Due to its niche use, the Super Duty has not been rated by the EPA, but there are a number of real-world reports from consumers. The majority of buyers seem to favor the Crew Cab models, which seem to get an average of 10.5 mpg in the combined mileage cycle. While there haven't been enough reports for the Regular Cab to offer an accurate reading, we expect the lighter build to get slightly better fuel consumption figures. As thirsty as the F-450 may be, it can actually cover a fair amount of ground, around 504 miles, with the larger 48-gallon tank.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    29.0 Gallons
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F-450 Super Duty Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

Outfitted with the Regular Cab, the Super Duty can accommodate up to three passengers in relative comfort. Another cab is available, though. The Crew Cab is the largest of the options, supplying more than enough room to seat up to six people. Headroom is excellent all-around and the legroom in the back is more than ample to accommodate even taller adults. Visibility is quite good thanks to the height of the cabin and position of the seats, but there isn't much adjustability on the lower trims. The upper trims come with ten-way power front seats, though, along with much plusher leather upholstery. For the most part, comfort is pretty good, even with the basic cloth- or vinyl-appointed seats, but the seat cushions could be better. Getting in and out could be easier, too, but the side steps and grab handles do help when climbing into the large vehicle.

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

F-450 Super Duty Trunk and Cargo Space

As one might expect from a pick-up, the F-450 has no standard trunk, instead relying on its large cargo bed for most storage. There is some space inside the cabin, though, with 11.6 cubic feet supplied behind the front seats in the Regular Cab. The larger Crew Cab comes with fold-down rear seats, increasing this area to 52.1 cubic feet. The only bed available to the F-450 is the longer eight-foot variant, with a maximum width of 66.9 inches and a height of 21.1 inches. This gives it a total of 78.5 cubic feet of storage space, although taller items can be accommodated. In its most capable configuration, the Super Duty can haul loads weighing up to 6,210 lbs.

The Regular Cab doesn't offer many places to stow smaller items, but the Crew Cab is more generous. If you swap out the front bench for bucket seats, you are given a rather large center armrest console that comes outfitted with cupholders and a storage compartment. The rear passengers get a fold-down armrest with cupholders, and all front seatbacks come with map pockets. There is a standard glove compartment, too, but the door pockets are a bit small and narrow.

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F-450 Super Duty Infotainment and Features

Features

Presented in the same trim options as the rest of the F-series Super Duty range, the F-450 offers all the same features as its smaller brothers. The base model is the XL, which comes appointed with cruise control, air conditioning, two-way manual front seats, and a pair of 12-volt power outlets. Remote keyless entry, cargo bed locking cleats, and a 4.2-inch instrument cluster are added to the XLT, while the Lariat gets ten-way power front seats, a 110-volt power outlet, and automatic dual-zone climate control. The King Ranch then adds heated and ventilated front seats, and a heated steering wheel with power tilt-and-telescoping. The penultimate Platinum gets multi-contour front seats and heated rear seats, while the top-tier Limited adds a dual-panel sunroof and massage functions for the front seats. The upholstery is upgraded through the trim levels, too, starting with vinyl, before moving on to cloth and finally premium leather surfaces. The Ford Co-Pilot360 safety suite is present on even the most basic trim, while the upper trims unlock more of its features. The entire suite comprises a rearview camera, forward collision avoidance, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a surround-view camera.

Infotainment

Only the base-level XL comes standard with the smaller 4.2-inch Sync infotainment display, programmed with Bluetooth functions and supplemented by a single USB-C port. Every other trim gets the larger eight-inch touchscreen model that grants access to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM, while adding another USB port. A FordPass Connect 4G Wi-Fi Modem comes standard on every model. The King Ranch further adds HD Radio, navigation, voice commands, and a wireless charging pad. The standard sound system differs between trims, with the XL getting a four-speaker set-up, while the XLT gets a five- or seven-speaker set-up depending on which cab is equipped. The ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is standard from the Lariat upwards.

F-450 Super Duty Problems and Reliability

Despite the popularity of heavy-duty trucks in the United States, the F-450 Super Duty has never received a verified dependability rating from J.D. Power. One tier down, the F-350 has received a rating of 82 out of 100 in the past. Nevertheless, the large truck has been recalled a number of times over the years. The most recent recalls in 2019 were for the potential of a fire after seat belt pretensioner deployment, unexpected opening of the tailgate, and the possibility of a fire due to a damaged block heater connector. Ford offers a 36,000-mile/36-month limited warranty on new purchases, as well as 60,000 miles/60 months of roadside assistance. Only the diesel powertrain which is available to the F-450, gets a longer 100,000-mile/60-month warranty.

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

F-450 Super Duty Safety

Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS takes the time to crash-test heavy-duty vehicles like the F-450 Super Duty. Despite this oversight, Ford has taken pains to ensure that its pick-up will keep you and your family safe. Each truck comes with standard mechanical features like ABS, stability and traction control, and six airbags: dual front, front side, and side curtain. Other standard features include a rearview camera and Ford's Co-Pilot360 safety suite. While not every trim gets the full umbrella of the features, Co-Pilot360 comprises lane keep assist, rear parking assistance, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beam assist, forward collision avoidance, and a surround-view camera.

Verdict: 🏁Is 2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty a good Truck?

If you need to tow an entire stable of horses or a small mountain, then the Ford F-450 Super Duty is pretty much the first choice in a very short list. True, there are similarly capable one-ton trucks out there, like the Ram 3500 or GMC Sierra 3500HD, but despite their best efforts, they just can't match the F-450.

Thanks to its powerful V8 diesel engine and sturdy dual-rear-wheel configuration, the pick-up can haul loads of 6,210 lbs or pull up to 37,000 lbs. The aforementioned rivals can handle heavier payloads, but they can't tow quite as much. In terms of interior quality and feature availability, the F-450 isn't the most luxurious, but none of its rivals are any better.

Despite its size, the heavy-duty pick-up handles quite well and delivers a relatively smooth ride. If you spec it right, the truck can serve as a family vehicle while still pulling its weight out in the field. There is little doubt that the Ford F-450 is an excellent heavy-duty truck, but whether or not it is the best choice for you will come down to very specific needs. If you're just going to be hauling cargo in the bed, there are better options, but if you're going to be towing your family caravan around the country, there's no better choice.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty?

Despite its impressive capabilities, the F-450 Super Duty is not overly expensive. In fact, the base-level XL can be had for as little as $49,880, while still allowing you to reach the maximum towing capacity of 24,200 - 37,000 lbs. The XLT is a modest step up in price to $55,655, but that's where modesty ends. You'll need to shell out over $65k to meet the Lariat's asking price of $66,650, and the King Ranch adds another $10k to push the price up to $76,715. Another modest step is taken with the Platinum, starting at $80,425, before the giant leap to the top-tier Limited, which opens bidding at $90,530. Adding the four-wheel drivetrain to any of the models tacks on an additional $3,315 (except for the Limited, which comes standard with 4WD). If you want everything the truck has to offer, expect to pay much more than $100k. These prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, and Ford's $1,695 destination charge.

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🚗What Ford F-450 Super Duty Model Should I Buy?

The F-450 is all about towing the heaviest loads. Sure, it can be outfitted to work double-duty as a family vehicle, especially with the spacious Crew Cab, but adding on all the comfort and tech features needed to meet that need quickly pushes the price out of the range of blue-collar workers to the white-collar 1%. In fact, it's actually the base-model XL, equipped with the Regular Cab, that can do the heaviest lifting. You'll want to opt for the available four-wheel drivetrain to maximize towing capacity, and you may want to throw on some basic comforts like dual-zone climate control or more comfortable leather upholstery. But unless you plan on making your Super Duty your daily vehicle, there's little reason to pay more than $55k.

2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty Comparisons

Ford F-350 Super Duty Ford
GMC Sierra 3500HD
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ford F-450 Super Duty475 hpTBC$50,210
Ford F-350 Super Duty 385 hpTBC$35,550
GMC Sierra 3500HD 401 hpTBC$37,000

2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty vs Ford F-350 Super Duty

Hailing from the same heritage as the F-450, the Ford F-350 Super Duty isn't quite as hardy as its big brother. That's not to say it can't handle itself, especially since it gets access to the same V8 diesel engine. However, the F-350 comes standard with a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, with yet another available gas engine, a 7.3-liter V8. Developing 385 hp and 430 lb-ft or 430 hp and 475 lb-ft, respectively, these powertrains certainly can't handle the same work as the diesel. When properly equipped, though, the F-350 can tow 21,200 lbs in conventional style, and up to 35,750 lbs in a gooseneck configuration. This is only 1,250 lbs less than the F-450's maximum capacity. In just about every other regard, the two trucks are identical. Even their starting prices are quite similar. Still, the F-350 is a bit more affordable to run, so unless you really need the extra towing and hauling capability, the slightly cheaper truck should do the trick.

See Ford F-350 Super Duty Review

2020 Ford F-450 Super Duty vs GMC Sierra 3500HD

Redesigned for 2020, the GMC Sierra 3500HD is no longer the laughing stock of the heavy-duty community. In the past, it was barely able to tow more than half what the F-450 could manage, but thanks to various changes in its structural design, the Sierra can now tow 20,000 lbs of conventional weight or 35,500 lbs in gooseneck when equipped with its Duramax turbodiesel. And while this is still below the capacity of the Ford F-450, the GMC can actually haul heavier loads in its cargo bed - up to 7,442 lbs. Inside the cabin, the Sierra 3500HD is just as spacious as the F-450 Super Duty, and each truck delivers similar ride quality. Still, the GMC Sierra is all-new this year, which means it has the most modern tech, but the quality of the interior still isn't up to snuff. While it may not be the young buck on the market, the powerful F-450 workhorse is still the better choice.

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