While styling and luxurious refinements can be very welcome in even the most utilitarian of vehicles, the bottom line for a heavy-duty truck will always remain power, hauling capacity, and ruggedness. In its 2011 F350, Ford has managed to realize this holy trinity of truck requirements.
The F350 is termed the "Super Duty" by Ford, and with the ability tow nearly 22,000 pounds, this moniker is quite apt. To give a little perspective on power of this magnitude, there is little need to worry about it having the power to haul your livestock around or your boat to the lake, since the Super Duty could easily carry two to three elephants, or a 40 foot commercial fishing vessel.
Per the usual for Ford trucks, there is a plethora of options available for cab style, bed length, and trim levels. You can have a regular, extended super cab, crew cab, mated to either an 8 foot, or a 6'9'' short bed, albeit the later bed is unavailable in a dual wheel or regular cab configuration. Four trim levels are available, the XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch editions, but not all trims are available with all possible combinations of cab, bed, and axle.
The XL base model's standard features include air conditioning, vinyl upholstery and flooring, 17 inch steel wheels, front bench seat, 60/40-split-folding rear seat in the SuperCab and Crew Cab configurations, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and a radio. The the dually configured XL dually additionally has running boards and a hydraulic jack. Purchasing the "Value package" on the XL gains cruise control, bumpers finished in chrome, plus a four speaker stereo with a CD player. Adding the "Power Equipment Group" options gains the buyer fully powered accessories, heated, powered mirrors with integrated blind-spot mirrors, and keyless entry.
The XLT has the Value Package and Power Equipment Group options as standard. Additional refinements include alloy wheels, cup holders, cloth upholstery, rear privacy glass, extra power points on the interior, and carpted flooring. The Lariat's additional feature include, among others, leather upholstery, leather wrapped steering wheel, fulling powered front bucket seats with 8 directional movement. The King Ranch edition has heated and ventilated seats, a rearview camera, special trim and rust read upholstery, among other goodies.
Engine and power train options for the 359 are diverse. Standard power comes from a 6.2 liter gasoline V8 rated at 385 horsepower and 405 foot-pounds of torque. Maximum towing capacity with this engine is about 15,000 pounds. For those requiring even more muscle out of their F350 2011 model, a 6.7 liter V8 diesel capable of providing 400 horsepower and 800 pounds of torque is available. This engine is rated to tow 16,000 pounds maximum, or up to 21,600 pounds when configured with a fifth-wheel hookup.
The 2011 F350 truck is amazingly quiet and pleasant inside the cab for a truck in this class. The ride is comfortable loaded or unloaded, and the smart automatic transmission makes ascending and descending grades simple ofr anyone. There is quite possibly the best truck in its class for serious work on the market.
|Ford : F-350 4WD 6.7L V8 Low Miles We Finance and Ship! DRW 2011 King Ranch 6.7 V8 Diesel Crew Cab Dually 4X4 Leather Navigation Camper Pack||US $46,989.00||6d 18h 23m|
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