2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Regains Towing Leadership with Production Upgrades; Leads in Customer Satisfaction
*Super Duty regains conventional towing leadership
*Customer satisfaction of 83 percent tops all competitors
*Half of heavy duty truck segment goes to Super Duty
Production begins this week on Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks with upgraded towing capacity. The beefed-up frame and hitch return the industry’s best-selling heavy-duty truck to the head of the pack in conventional trailer towing.
Ford F-350 and F-450 Super Duty trucks with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V-8 diesel engine and dual rear wheels now can tow an industry-best 17,500 pounds. That’s 1,000 pounds more than the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 4×2 and 500 pounds more than the Silverado and Sierra 4×4.
Furthermore, Super Duty’s latest improvements arrive at a time when its customer satisfaction score – 83 percent – is the best in the industry for heavy-duty trucks; and when Super Duty’s market share is the highest in a decade.
“Super Duty stays on top because of our ongoing engineering work and analysis of extensive field data,” said Rob Stevens, chief engineer of the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. “We keep pushing to deliver the best-in-class attributes our customers demand.”
A look at the revised maximum conventional trailer tow ratings for the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty:
Ford Super Duty model
Maximum conventional trailer towing (pounds)
Advantage over nearest competitor (pounds)
F-250 / F-350 SRW
Maximum conventional trailer towing (pounds)- 14,000/14,000
Advantage over nearest competitor (pounds)- 1,000/1,000
Maximum conventional trailer towing (pounds)-17,500/17,500
Advantage over nearest competitor (pounds)-1,000/500
Maximum conventional trailer towing (pounds)-17,500
Advantage over nearest competitor (pounds)- No Competitor
The additional 1,500 pounds represent an increase of more than 9 percent compared with the Super Duty at launch in April, 2010.
Higher-strength steel in a frame crossmember and an upgraded trailer hitch give the truck the additional towing capacity. Additionally, these actions boosted the F-350 DRW 4×2 pickup maximum payload to 7,070 pounds and maximum fifth-wheel towing to 22,600 pounds, each best-in-class ratings by 435 pounds and 900 pounds, respectively.
The hardware upgrades to the Super Duty complement software upgrades to the powertrain control system of the new Ford-engineered 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel to make towing even easier.
The Power Stroke delivers best-in-class 800 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower. In an industry-first customer loyalty program, Ford provided the power upgrades free of charge to all “first-in” buyers of the 2011 Super Duty diesel pickup.