Ford's commercial-oriented Super-Duty trucks return for 2013 with plenty of small changes. Among them is an improved braking system, including a larger parking brake and bigger front and rear brake rotors. The gross vehicle weight rating has increased to a class-leading 14,000 pounds. Other changes include the addition of a new Platinum series model, which features a perforated mesh grille with satin chrome surround and other exterior touches, while inside you'll find premium wood grain surfaces, a heated leather steering wheel and more. Ford's exclusive SYNC with MyFord Touch is new for 2013. It's standard on Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models. The system includes an 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, with access to climate controls, phone, entertainment, and navigation features, along with voice control. The display also shows view from the rear backup camera. New exterior colors include Blue Jeans Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic and Ruby Red Metallic.
Flexibility for commercial use; tougher than standard full-size trucks; class-leading tow ratings; Power Stroke diesel's 800 pound-feet of torque; full roster of safety features
The F-Series Super Duty trucks bear a resemblance to the ubiquitous, best-selling F-150 pickups. These Super Duty models are made to serve an especially pure purpose -- to reliably, safely and confidently haul heavy loads or heavy trailers, day after day. What's surprising is that these workhorses are actually quite comfortable -- and almost luxurious -- inside. Ford boasts that their PowerStroke diesel engine is the most powerful diesel pickup engine on the market and that the Super Duty F-350 DRW (dual rear wheel) model has a best-in-class payload (7,110 pounds) and fifth-wheel tow rating (22,700), as well as a best-in-class conventional tow rating of 17,500 pounds.