Base price: $33,280
Price as tested: $61,165
Engine: Lariat 6.7-liter V8
Curb Weight: 8,520 pounds
They say it’s impossible to have too much money or too much fun, but can you have too much truck? Probably not, but if you could, the 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty would be that truck.
The only Ford truck available with your choice of single or dual wheels, the F-350 comes standard with a 385-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 and weighs in at an eye-popping 6,000 pounds. The test model with four-wheel drive and Lariat luxury package weighed in at an unimaginable 8,520 pounds. Unfortunately, trucks this heavy are exempt (don’t ask me why) from EPA testing, meaning there’s no recorded fuel efficiency.
The test dualie version with 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8 engine averaged about 13 miles per gallon over 800 miles that required stopping only once to refill the 37-gallon tank. But those numbers were most likely impacted by my lead foot as I frequently tested the one-ton truck’s impressive 8-second 0-60 speed.
Powerful is an understatement when it comes todescribing this truck. You’re at 55, 60 or even 80 miles per hour before you even know it as the six-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and G-force from the 860-pound-feet of torque plants you firmly in your seat.
Need to take advantage of the passing lane? It’s no problem for this beast on six-wheels (that’s right, I tested the dualie, remember?). But it’s always important to leave plenty of stopping distance because the F-350 empty needs 208 feet to stop from 70 mph. Add cargo or a trailer and that number could double. But that should open your eyes to the F-350’s capabilities.
The truck comes standard with some of the biggest side-view mirrors I’ve ever seen on a class-c automobile. The power extendable mirrors provide nice visibility for the nearly 24-foot-long truck. While there weren’t any major changes to the F-350 for 2016, the mega truck did get an optional rearview camera added to the Lariat package as well as two new colors: Shadow Black and Race Red. The truck’s dated interior really shines through, especially when compared to the smaller, all new Ford F-150.
Heavy-duty trucks are designed with maximum capability in mind and the F-350 doesn’t disappoint. The test truck was good for 19,000 pounds of trailer towing and 6670 pounds of payload. Even the “weakest” model is rated for 3,100 pounds of cargo hauling and can tow a 12,100-pound trailer.
But if the F-350’s performance and payload stats weren’t impressive enough, wait until you get a load of the inside of this baby. The King Ranch package adds thick brown leather seats and real-wood trim in what I have dubbed “truckury.” This all comes at a price, of course, adding nearly $10,000 to the sticker price for all the bells and whistles. The diesel engine alone costs an additional $5,000.
It was no time at all before this truck, with a base price of $33,280, climbs well into and beyond the $50,000 range. The tester had sticker price of $61,165.
Next year, the F-350 is joining the ranks of its little brother and getting some aluminum paneling that’s sure to help it drop some weight. I can only imagine what this monster could do with a few less pounds.