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2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty

Don’t expect anything completely out of the ordinary with Ford’s new F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks. The truth is, the pickup’s no frills, go-get-’em aura strikes a lot of us as the epitome of what a heavy-duty vehicle should be.

That’s an important quality to have because the market demands it, especially with competitors like the RAM Heavy Duty and the Chevrolet Silverado engaging Ford in a constant game of one-upsmanship for heavy-duty pickup supremacy.

The 2014 model of the F-Series Super Duty, which consists of the F-250 and F-350, doesn’t do much in the way of aesthetic improvements. Instead, Ford focused on giving the new model minor improvements to the braking system, including bigger rotors and a larger parking brake. It’s not going to catch the attention of the aesthetically-inclined, but there’s an argument to be made that these changes will offer more in turning the 2014 F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks into more capable to bring the fight to its competitors.

At the end of the day, that’s what you should expect with these four-wheeled monsters. Anything more will leave you disappointed and anything less will leave you pleasantly surprised.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty pickups

Exterior

Ford F-Series Super Duty

There aren’t any exterior changes to the 2014 model line, which means that you can expect the same enormous profile that you either to love or hate, depending on which side of the design fence you’re on.

We’re on the former side, although even our affection for the pickup’s exterior was doused a little bit when Ford opted to focus the modifications on the 2014 line to items that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Exterior Dimensions (Inches)

Regular Cab (8-foot bed)

4x24x4
Wheelbase137.0137.0
Overall length227.6227.6
Overall height (F-250)76.679.2
Overall height (F-350 SRW)76.580.0
Overall height (F-350 DRW)76.779.5
Overall height (F-450 DRW)n/an/a
Overall width SRW (excluding mirrors)79.979.9
Overall width DRW (excluding mirrors)96.096.0
Overall width with mirrors104.9104.9
Overall width with mirrors extended110.0110.0
Cargo box length98.098.0
Cargo box width (maximum)69.369.3
Width at wheelhouse50.950.9
Cargo box height20.020.0
Seating capacity2/32/3

SuperCab 6.75-foot bed

4x24x4
Wheelbase141.8141.8
Overall length232.4232.4
Overall height (F-250)77.079.5
Overall height (F-350 SRW)76.980.4
Overall height (F-350 DRW)n/an/a
Overall height (F-450 DRW)n/an/a
Overall width SRW (excluding mirrors)79.979.9
Overall width DRW (excluding mirrors)n/an/a
Overall width with mirrors104.9104.9
Overall width with mirrors extended110.0110.0
Cargo box length81.881.8
Cargo box width (maximum)69.369.3
Width at wheelhouse50.950.9
Cargo box height20.020.0
Seating capacity5/65/6

SuperCab 8-foot bed

4x24x4
Wheelbase158.0158.0
Overall length248.6248.6
Overall height (F-250)76.979.3
Overall height (F-350 SRW)76.780.2
Overall height (F-350 DRW)76.979.7
Overall height (F-450 DRW)n/an/a
Overall width SRW (excluding mirrors)79.979.9
Overall width DRW (excluding mirrors)96.096.0
Overall width with mirrors104.9104.9
Overall width with mirrors extended110.0110.0
Cargo box length98.098.0
Cargo box width (maximum)69.369.3
Width at wheelhouse50.950.9
Cargo box height20.020.0
Seating capacity5/65/6

CrewCab 6.75-foot bed

4x24x4
Wheelbase156.2156.2
Overall length246.8246.8
Overall height (F-250)77.479.7
Overall height (F-350 SRW)77.280.8
Overall height (F-350 DRW)n/an/a
Overall height (F-450 DRW)n/an/a
Overall width SRW (excluding mirrors)79.979.9
Overall width DRW (excluding mirrors)n/an/a
Overall width with mirrors104.9104.9
Overall width with mirrors extended110.0110.0
Cargo box length81.881.8
Cargo box width (maximum)69.369.3
Width at wheelhouse50.950.9
Cargo box height20.020.0
Seating capacity5/65/6

CrewCab 8-foot bed

4x24x4
Wheelbase172.4172.4
Overall length263.0263.0
Overall height (F-250)77.379.8
Overall height (F-350 SRW)77.280.8
Overall height (F-350 DRW)77.379.9
Overall height (F-450 DRW)n/a79.7
Overall width SRW (excluding mirrors)79.979.9
Overall width DRW (excluding mirrors)96.096.0
Overall width with mirrors104.9104.9
Overall width with mirrors extended110.0110.0
Cargo box length98.098.0
Cargo box width (maximum)69.369.3
Width at wheelhouse50.950.9
Cargo box height20.020.0
Seating capacity5/65/6

Interior

Ford F-Series Super Duty

The interior of the F-Series Heavy Duty doesn’t speak to anything too complicated, although touches of luxury add to the feeling of serenity and elegance that’s a far contrast from the pickup’s rough-and-tumble identity.

The dashboard and the center console retain the same design, and while it may look slightly dated, the whole configuration still does a lot in making use of the space allotted to it. Everything is well placed and the inclusion of Ford’s Sync connectivity system goes a long way in establishing some semblance of technological advancements you normally don’t associate with a no-nonsense pickup truck.

The Sync system offers plenty of use and function both for the driver and the passengers, including allowing smartphone users to place calls and stream music by using voice commands or steering wheel-mounted buttons. It can also read incoming texts aloud to help the driver keep his or her eyes on the road, and allows the use of Ford-approved apps, like The Wall Street Journal news and Pandora radio.

Numerous other interior features, like the cup holders and storage nooks spread throughout the cabin, adds the known functionality of the pickup, while a choice of materials, including hard plastic and leather, should give some owners the freedom to choose their trim depending on their needs and wants.

Interior Dimensions (Inches)

Regular (8-foot bed)

4x24x4
Headroom
Front40.740.7
Rearn/an/a
Legroom
Front41.141.1
Rearn/an/a
Hip room
Front67.667.6
Rearn/an/a
Shoulder room
Front68.068.0
Rearn/an/a

SuperCab (6.75-foot bed)

4x24x4
Headroom
Front40.740.7
Rear38.138.1
Legroom
Front41.141.1
Rear31.631.6
Hip room
Front67.667.6
Rear67.367.3
Shoulder room
Front68.068.0
Rear68.168.1

SuperCab (8-foot bed)

4x24x4
Headroom
Front40.740.7
Rear38.138.1
Legroom
Front41.141.1
Rear31.631.6
Hip room
Front67.667.6
Rear67.367.3
Shoulder room
Front68.068.0
Rear68.168.1

CrewCab (6.75-foot bed)

4x24x4
Headroom
Front40.740.7
Rear40.840.8
Legroom
Front41.141.1
Rear42.142.1
Hip room
Front67.667.6
Rear67.667.6
Shoulder room
Front68.068.0
Rear68.068.0

CrewCab (8-foot bed)

4x24x4
Headroom
Front40.740.7
Rear40.840.8
Legroom
Front41.141.1
Rear42.142.1
Hip room
Front67.667.6
Rear67.667.6
Shoulder room
Front68.068.0
Rear68.068.0

Drivetrain

Ford F-Series Super Duty

It should be noted that both the F-250 and the F-350 will come with a 6.2-liter, flex-fuel V-8 engine that’s good for 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. If that powertrain isn’t big enough, you can choose the optional 6.7-liter, diesel V-8 that produces 400 horsepower and an incredible 800 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are connected to a heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission

No performance numbers were given, but we think that 6.2 V-8 can hit 60 mph in a little over 10 seconds to go with a top speed of 120 mph while the 6.7-liter V-8 ought to be a little faster to 60 mph at a time in the mid-nine seconds with a top speed of about 120 mph.

The largest of the group, the F-450, comes standard with the 6.7-liter, diesel V-8 and the same six-speed auto transmission.

Engine Specs

Powertrain6.2L 2V V86.7L 4V V8
Engine typeSOHC gas (flex fuel)OHVPowerStroke Turbo-Diesel
Block/headCast iron/aluminumCompacted graphite iron/aluminum
Bore x stroke4.02 x 3.74 in.3.90 x 4.25 in.
Displacement379 cu. in., 6,210 cc406 cu. in., 6,651 cc
Compression ratio9.8:116.2:1
Fuel injectionSequential electronicHigh-pressure common rail
Valve operationRoller-rocker shaftPushrod/rocker arms
Horsepower385 @ 5,500 rpm (1); 316 @ 4,179 rpm (2)400 @ 2,800 rpm
Torque405 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm (1); 397 lb.-ft. @ 4,179 rpm (2)800 lb.-ft. @ 1,600 rpm
Oil capacitySeven quarts13 quarts
Coolant capacity21.0 quarts37.8 quarts (27.8 quarts main cooling system plus 10.0 quarts secondary cooling system)
Fuel capacity35 gallons26 gallons (137-in., 142-in. and 156-in. WB), 37.5 gallons (158-in. and 172-in. WB)
Recommended fuelRegular unleaded or E85Ultra-low sulfur diesel or B20 (containing 20 percent or less biodiesel)
TransmissionTorqShift® heavy-duty six-speed automatic with SelectShift®TorqShift heavy-duty six-speed automatic with SelectShift

Brakes

Ford F-Series Super Duty

Ford’s claim of having best-in-class payload numbers should be supported by outstanding brakes. Surprise, surprise, because that’s exactly what the company did, specifically its braking engineers, who improved the brake system to deliver improved capability and usability. The brake rotor swept area was increased by 16.4 percent in front and 14.5 percent in the rear for maximum stopping power and heat dissipation.

Likewise, the brake rotor thermal mass was also increased, delivering superior thermal capacity and fade performance, especially when it comes to those harrowing off-road conditions. Larger brake pads were also installed while the front and rear hydraulic master cylinders feature larger bores and a re-tuned booster, for better brake pedal feel.

The 2014 F-Series Super Duty has some pretty tough brakes, tough enough to make it a signature upgrade for this year’s line.

Pricing

Ford F-Series Super Duty

Depending on the trim level you choose, the Ford F-Series is priced anywhere from $30,915 to $68,560.

Pricing Details

Model MSRP
Super Duty F-250 XL$30,915
Super Duty F-350 XL$31,810
Super Duty F-250 XLT$34,945
Super Duty F-350 XLT$35,845
Super Duty F-250 Lariat$42,610
Super Duty F-350 Lariat$43,505
Super Duty F-250 King Ranch$50,395
Super Duty F-350 King Ranch$51,295
Super Duty F-450 XL$51,390
Super Duty F-250 Platinum$54,280
Super Duty F-350 Platinum$55,180
Super Duty F-450 XLT$56,505
Super Duty F-450 Lariat$62,680
Super Duty F-450 King Ranch$67,745
Super Duty F-450 Platinum$68,560

Competition

2014 Ram Heavy Duty

Ram Heavy Duty

Despite ranking third in the three-company race for heavy duty pickup supremacy, the Ram line of heavy-duty pickups also received a nice redesign for the 2013 and subsequent 2014 models. The Ram Heavy Duty lineup comes in two flavors: 2500 and 3500. Both models come standard with the 5.7-liter, HEMI V-8 engine that cranks out 383 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The 2500 peaks with the 6.7-liter, Cummins diesel I-6 engine that produces 370 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of twist, whereas the 3500 gets a 6.7-liter Cummins with 385 horsepower and 8501pound-feet of torque.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado HD

Chevrolet Silverado HD Crew Z71

Unlike the Silverado 1500, the Silverado HD, which consists of the 2500 and 3500 models, lineup is carrying over without many changes. The only notable changes are a new 4.10-to-1 axle ratio on gasoline-powered models for an extra 4,500 pounds of standard towing capacity and a new CNG setup on the 2500 model.

The base gasoline engine is a 6.0-liter. V-8 powerplant with 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, buyers can add in the Duramax 6.6-liter, turbo-diesel V-8 for 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque.

Look for these HD models to get the same revisions as the 1500 model in 2015.

Conclusion

Ford F-Series Super Duty

The vast array of trim options the F-Series Super Duty offers gives you a chance to choose wisely on what’s best suited for your needs. The noticeable lack of exterior upgrades is a buzzkill, but ultimately not a deal breaker. Besides, you’re not looking for something sexy when you’re in the market for a heavy-duty pickup like the F-Series.

Performance capabilities are right on par with its competitors, although if you’re choosing between the the 6.2 or the 6.7, we suggest you go with the latter.

LOVE IT
  • Having Sync is always a good thing
  • The 6.7 V-8 diesel looks like a winner
  • For what it’s worth, there’s an appearance package
LEAVE IT
  • Plenty of competitors
  • Nothing much done to the exterior

Press Release

Ford F-Series Super Duty

Best-in-class towing, payload

2014 Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks are engineered to meet the demands of the toughest customers. With their needs in mind, Ford engineers were confident about raising conventional tow capacity to a class-leading 18,500 pounds.

Increased towing brawn goes hand-in-hand with an increase in maximum payload capacity. These increased towing and payload maximums allow Ford F-Series trucks and their drivers to go further, delivering a best-in-class capacity of 7,260 pounds.

Tough brakes

F-Series Super Duty’s best-in-class payload numbers are supported by an improved brake system that delivers increased capability and usability.

Braking engineers increased brake rotor swept area by 16.4 percent in front and 14.5 percent in the rear for maximum braking to help dissipate heat, especially on long downhill grades.

Brake rotor thermal mass has also been increased, to deliver superior thermal capacity and fade performance – especially under extreme conditions.

These changes support a 700-pound increase in the maximum gross vehicle weight rating, to a best-in-class 14,000 pounds.

The front and rear hydraulic master cylinders feature larger bores and a retuned booster, for better brake pedal feel. Larger brake pads help improve brake feel and add driver confidence, while bolstering fade performance.

A larger parking brake for F-250 and F-350 models also allows for an increase in the maximum payload rating.

“We’ve really improved pedal feel,” said Michael Watkins, brake system engineer. “There’s more modulation – you really feel the stopping power. Even at the increased gross vehicle weight rating, with a full load of cargo, drivers will notice a strong, confidence-inspiring brake feel.”

Available adjustable pedals enhance customer comfort by personalizing the interface between driver and brake system.

Expect more

Leadership is expected of Ford F-Series, which has been the best-selling truck in the United States for 35 straight years.

Historically, best-in-class towing and payload capability and legendary Built Ford Tough durability have driven Ford F-Series customer loyalty. The 6.7-liter Power Stroke® diesel and 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engines – with class-leading fuel economy – give Ford customers even more reasons to stay loyal in the years ahead.


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