Purchasing a heavy duty truck is a heavy duty decision.
Thanks to rising price tags and rapid vehicle depreciation of new models, buying a used truck is often the better investment when you’re seeking proven value.
And if you’re going to go the pre-owned route with a heavy duty truck, no make or model has proven its value better than a pre-owned Ford F-350 Super Duty. To illustrate this, we’ll look at the 2017 model as an example of a late-year pre-owned heavy duty truck. After hearing the facts, you’ll see why a used Super Duty is a better buy than other one-ton pickup truck options.
Ford F-350 Has Better Fuel Economy Compared to Other One-Ton Pickup Truck Options
The Ford F-350, thanks to a new aluminum body redesign in model year 2017, commands its class in fuel efficiency.
Although the EPA doesn’t rate the fuel economy of this heavy duty truck class, Car And Driver observed a fuel efficiency average of 15 miles per gallon in the city and 17 miles per gallon on the highway for the 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty.
MotorTrend ran a similar analysis of the 2017 Ford F-350 dual-rear-wheel diesel and found a fuel efficiency split of 16.3 miles per gallon city and 20.5 miles per gallon highway. These findings far surpassed the performance of the 2017 Dodge Ram HD 3500, which only mustered 13.3 miles per gallon city and 17.3 miles per gallon highway over the same test.
The Ford F-350 Has Long Led Its Class in Torque
A feature you wouldn’t expect with such high-performing fuel economy, the Ford F-350 Super Duty is best in show when it comes to torque.
According to MotorTrend, the 2017 Ford F-350 has a best-in-class 925 lb-ft of torque. The following model year, that number climbed to 935 lb-ft, keeping the Ford F-350 Super Duty beyond the grasp of its closest competitors. That’s a surprising feat for a truck with such relatively great fuel economy, and it’s because of the 6.7L Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine. Introduced to the Ford Super Duty family back in 2011, this 6.7L V-8 engine has allowed the Ford F-350 to produce peak torque at higher RPM (1800 vs. 1600) while reaching an output of 450 horsepower.
The Ford F-350 Has the Best Towing Capacity Among Its Class
Along with leading its class in torque, the Ford F-350 Super Duty is also king when it comes to towing capacity.
Rated at 32,500 pounds for both the 2017 and 2018 models, the Ford F-350 not only hauls the heaviest loads, but does so smoothly.
According to MotorTrend, when they tested a 2017 Ford F-350 “with 30,000 pounds in tow, the F-350 was remarkably unfazed…The engine pulled smoothly through the rev range, the transmission clicked off smooth, quick upshifts without surging, and when it came time to slow after the quarter mile, the Jake brake gave me so much compression braking that I felt extremely confident transitioning from off-throttle to gentle braking for the turnaround.”
The 2017 Ford F-350 Was Named MotorTrend’s Truck of the Year
This heavy duty truck is also heavy on accolades.
In 2017, MotorTrend selected the Ford Super Duty series as their truck of the year. They evaluated across metrics such as efficiency, engineering, function, and design, and found the Ford F-350 at the top of the list in each of these aspects.
The 2017 model year also marked a new redesign for Ford, which matches the current body stylings that are available as of this writing. Thus giving the used Ford F-350 Super Duty an award-winning, just-like-new feel. That’s perfect for investing in the right, reliable, pre-owned heavy duty truck that’ll amaze you with its power, function, and fuel economy.
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