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The most muscular truck in Ford's lineup, the F-350 hauls and tows like a beast, yet manages to feel surprisingly refined in civilian driving. Since it first hit showrooms in 1999, Ford's brute has received regular updates—and major overhauls in 2008 and 2011.
We're a far cry from the days when a new grille on a full-size pickup was a big deal. To suit the demands of contractors everywhere, the F-350 comes in regular, extended and crew cabs—the latter two seating up to six. Ford has realized that buyers like comfort and prestige along with brawn, so it also offers upscale Lariat and King Ranch trims, plus a cool Harley-Davidson edition.
For 2008, Ford redesigned the F-350 to appease truck-shoppers desiring a higher level of interior comfort. It also did away with the troublesome 6-liter PowerStroke engine in exchange for a 6.4-liter diesel V8 with 350 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Cab styles include regular, crew and supercab, while the only transmission currently available is a six-speed automatic. A dual rear-wheel setup is offered for those wanting an increased payload and improved stability when hauling a trailer.
In 1999 Ford created the Super Duty line of trucks with a styling all its own. The F-350 Super Duty originally had a standard 5.4-liter gasoline V8 and an available 7.3-liter PowerStroke turbo-diesel. In 2003 Ford replaced the 7.3-liter turbo-diesel with a 6-liter PowerStroke that has received criticism for reliability issues.