2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty

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2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty Review: Dethroned, But Not Defeated

Ford has always prided itself on giving the USA the most rugged and capable trucks on the market, which is why the 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty has a towing capacity that is only 100 pounds behind the Ram 3500HD. Thanks to its extremely durable underpinnings and a monstrous V8 diesel engine that develops 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque, this full-size pickup is capable of pulling 37,000 lbs behind it. You can expect a slightly higher figure next year as Ford works to one-up the competition. Aside from this, the F-450 Super Duty pickup is a handsome monster that boasts some great off-road capabilities. Sadly, more effort was put into how it looks from the outside, and the interior takes a hit in terms of quality. This is just another area where the current generation Ram 3500 beats it. Other competent rivals include the Chevy Silverado 3500HD and the related GMC Sierra 3500HD. But, all things considered, there isn't really much to complain about with the Ford, as it definitely does the job it was designed to do.

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2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 F-450 Super Duty?

Ford has made a few feature updates to the fourth-gen F-450 lineup. There are a few new paint colors like Antimatter Blue, Carbonized Gray, and Lithium Gray. Inside, the standard 10-way power passenger seat has actually been downgraded to eight-way power adjustability. Among the driver aids, adaptive steering is now standard on the Limited and optional on all other trims. The previous Lariat Sport Appearance Package has been dropped but a new Lariat Black Appearance Package has been added. There are a few other minor feature changes but nothing that dramatically affects the appeal or capability of the truck.

Pros and Cons

  • Monstrous standard V8 engine
  • Excellent 37,000-lb towing capacity
  • Entry-level model is affordable
  • Multiple, commodious cabin options
  • Upper trim levels rival luxury rivals
  • V8 guzzles fuel
  • Interior lacks modern features and refinement
  • Top trims are ludicrously expensive

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2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
XL
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$50,410
XLT
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$56,270
Lariat
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$67,265
King Ranch
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$75,810
Platinum
6.7L Turbo V8 Diesel
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$80,045

F-450 Super Duty Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 231.8 in
  • Wheelbase 142.0 in
  • Height 81.7 in
  • Max Width 96.0 in
  • Curb Weight 7,712.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat +$395
  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat +$595
  • Lithium Gray Metallic
  • Antimatter Blue Metallic
  • Velocity Blue Metallic
  • Agate Black Metallic
  • Race Red
  • Oxford White
  • Carbonized Gray Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Stone Gray Metallic

F-450 Super Duty Performance

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Engine and Transmission

There is only a single engine on offer for the 2021 F-450 Super Duty, but you really don't need anything else. The 6.7-liter turbo diesel 8-cylinder has an incredible amount of grunt, developing 475 hp and 1,050 lb-ft. This is wrangled by a 10-speed automatic transmission and directed to the rear wheels, although a four-wheel drivetrain is available. However, these figures are not about endowing the truck with any degree of performance characteristics or off-the-line speed. Instead, it is utilized to haul enormous loads - up to 37,000 lbs in the case of the F-450 Super Duty pickup. Only the Ram 3500 beats this number, and that record likely won't stand for long, if Ford has anything to say about it. With conventional towing, the numbers are still impressive - 24,200 lbs.

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

F-450 Super Duty Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    29.0 Gallons
* 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty XL 2WD Regular Cab 8' Box DRW

F-450 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-450 Super Duty Trunk and Cargo Space

2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty Front Seats Ford
2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty Armrest Ford
2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty Rear Passenger Seats Ford

F-450 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

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty A Good pickup truck?

When it comes to doing the heaviest menial labor on the planet, the 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty is hard to beat, as proven by the fact that only one rival has managed to best its capabilities. However, this would never be enough to sway a true Ford fan away from the brand's most impressive pickup. This is despite the fact that the Ram 3500 also offers a more upscale cabin and more modern features. The differences between the two cars is not so extreme that a clear winner can be declared that easily.

The F-450 is rugged and has excellent reliability expectations, it can go off-road when needed without a fuss, and it handles well on the road, virtually flattening the tarmac beneath to ensure a comfortable ride. You won't find a safety rating or safety review for the 2021 Ford F-40 Super Duty, but don't let that stress you out - it's solidly built, has a full consignment of airbags, and Ford's Co-Pilot360 safety suite. Still, Ford's biggest truck is a great choice if you do a lot of towing, although there are better options out there if that isn't your primary concern.

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

Despite being a highly customizable vehicle, the F-450 was designed to do one thing - tow massive loads. To get the most out of it, then, you need to stick to the basics. This means speccing on the 2-door Regular Cab and rear-wheel drivetrain for lower gross weight. This leaves room to get that 37,000-pound towing rating. Luckily, adding on options like dual-zone climate control or slightly more comfortable upholstery won't impact this one iota. And, since the starting price of the 2021 Ford F-450 Super Duty pickup is just $50,410, you should have the spare cash to gussy it up a little.

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