A Review for Buyers & Drivers: 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck for Clarksville Indiana IN

Aluminum-Bodied 2015 Ford F-150 Pickup Truck:

A Review for Buyers & Drivers

The aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 full-size pickup truck seems like a big gamble for the company.

The redesigned version of Ford’s best-selling model promises to be more fuel-efficient, but many analysts have asked about aluminum’s cost, durability, and ease of repair.

Yet a new study claims that buyers are, if nothing else, intrigued.

The study from research firm UBS found that buyers don’t care what material their trucks are made of if performance is comparable–but became more interested in aluminum the more they learned about it, according to The Detroit News.

 

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Researchers found that 36 percent of buyers surveyed didn’t care what material their truck was made of, as long as it offered the same capability. About 19 percent preferred steel, 17 percent preferred a mix of steel and aluminum, 3 percent preferred aluminum, and 25 percent said they needed more information.

But the results changed significantly once participants received more information on the2015 F-150′s features.

Forty-three percent of participants said the use of aluminum makes it more likely to buy a truck, while 52 percent of pickup owners who intend to buy a new vehicle in the next six months said they’re extremely likely to consider the 2015 F-150.

Riding on a traditional steel frame, the F-150′s aluminum body is expected to cut up to 700 pounds, which should lead to significant fuel-economy gains. Final specifications and fuel-economy ratings haven’t been released, though.

Neither has pricing, although aluminum costs more than steel. UBS estimates this will add about $600 to the cost of each truck.

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Nonetheless, the research firm believes the new F-150 will be quite profitable, claiming pickup buyers are willing to pay an average premium of $3,138 per truck.

That leaves plenty of room for the extra cost of aluminum, although whether buyers will be spooked by potentially higher repair costs remains to be seen. Once the new trucks leave showrooms, body shops will have to retrain and re-equip to work on them.

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The 2015 Ford F 150 tested, review, information and brochure for Louisville, KY

2015 Ford F 150 the New and soon to be Used:  tested, review, information and brochure for Louisville, KY

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The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling truck in the United States for the past 37 years, and the best-selling vehicle outright for the past 32. That’s quite a legacy, and thus, it’s no surprise that Ford worked super-duper-extra hard on creating the all-new, aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 that debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.

But that’s only a small part of the story. Of course, the new F-150 has to be able to withstand whatever a pickup buyer might throw at it – and truck buyers arguably demand the most from their vehicles. So in an effort to convey just what the new F-150 had to go through before being given the final go-ahead, Ford has released a series of videos, showing how its new halo truck was indeed torture tested.

During an event at the company’s headquarters in Dearborn, MI this week, we were able to see all of the ways that Ford endurance tests, not just the new F-150, but all of its vehicles. From examining things like light exposure to interior materials and paint finishes, to making sure that corrosion absolutely does not happen when steel components come in contact with aluminum panels in the new truck. The goal: ensure that the new F-150 is nothing short of “Built Ford Tough.”

These tests involved things like shaking and twisting the Used Ford F150 truck in seven different ways (at the same time) for a simulated 225,000 miles, driving the pickup over seriously rough roads, giving it corrosion baths with acid sprays, towing uphill and downhill in 120-degree weather, thermally shocking the engine, and much, much more. Have a look at all 10 tests in the videos below, and scroll down a little further for a press release that explains what’s going on in each scenario.

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The 2014 F Series and E-Series Truck & Vans for Louisville Kentucky KY and Clarksville Indiana IN.

2014 Ford Truck & Van: F Series, E-Series and Super Duty Review

What’s New for 2014

The 2014  F Series and E-Series Truck & Van are as durable, tough, dependable and found in Louisville Kentucky KY and Clarksville Indiana IN.

Introduction

Large cargo vans have always been a great option for business fleets and independent contractors alike. Not only do these vans offer more protection from weather and would-be thieves than pickup trucks, they provide a lot of space and countless storage options for all your gear. The 2014 Ford E-Series Van has dominated this market for years, but compared with other cargo vans you might consider, Ford Commercial Truck’s entry is now way out of date and has some significant drawbacks.

One of these is the E-Series Van’s extremely basic interior. Granted, you can outfit this van with numerous bins, drawers and racks, but the seats and interior panels are of low quality, even by cargo van standards. Further, Ford doesn’t offer a high-roof option for the E-Series, so contractors who want to stand up and work inside their van will be forced to stoop. On the road, the 2014 E-Series Van’s base 4.6-liter V8 engine also feels like it’s from an earlier era. It’s sluggish off the line and really isn’t powerful enough to motivate a fully loaded van. Opting for the larger V8 or even the V10 engine is a must if you’re planning any significant highway travel.

In fairness, the E-Series’ traditional rivals, the 2014 Chevrolet Express Cargo and GMC Savana, aren’t exactly spring chickens either, but their available diesel V8 engine gives them an advantage over the Ford if you’ll be hauling or towing exceptionally heavy loads. That said, if there’s some flexibility in your budget, the more modern 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2013 Nissan NV and 2014 Ram Promaster are far more desirable, as they offer nicer interiors, optional high-roof configurations and a more pleasant overall driving experience. In the face of this newer competition, the 2014 Ford E-Series Van really only makes sense if you’re shopping for a full-size cargo van on a slim budget.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A full-size cargo van, the 2014 Ford E-Series Van is offered in three variants. Shoppers with lighter-capacity needs can start with the E-150 model, while those with more demanding requirements should focus on the E-250 and E-350 Super Duty models. These heavier-duty vehicles come in two different lengths — 216 inches for the regular version and 236 inches for the Extended model.

Intended as a commercial workhorse, the F-Series and E-Series Trucks and Vans are short on creature comforts. Standard features are limited to 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl front bucket seats, vinyl front floor coverings, front air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, manual telescoping mirrors and a two-speaker AM/FM radio with an auxiliary audio jack.

Available options include alloy wheels, a limited-slip differential, chrome exterior trim, power-adjustable and manually telescoping mirrors, running boards, a sliding side door, towing packages with optimized axle ratios, a household power outlet, power windows and locks, rear air-conditioning, a power-adjustable driver seat, a second-row bench seat, interior insulation, cloth upholstery, captain’s chairs, cruise control, keyless entry, a navigation system, Ford’s Sync voice control system, a rearview camera, satellite radio and a four-speaker CD stereo.

For the business on wheels that demands additional customization, there are several special packages that equip the E-Series with a variety of racks, bins and drawers, as well as the optional Crew Chief service, which keeps tabs on vans in its fleet, tracking location, speed, idle time and maintenance schedules.

Powertrains and Performance

The rear-wheel-drive 2014 E-Series Van has three available engines. Standard on the E-150 and E-250 is a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 225 horsepower and 286 pound-feet of torque. Optional on the E-150/250 and standard on all E-350 models is a 5.4-liter V8 engine that makes 255 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Both V8 engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. E-350 buyers can upgrade to a 6.8-liter V10 that churns out 305 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard with the V10.

The EPA rates the E-150 and E-250 with the 4.6-liter V8 at 15 mpg combined (13 city/16 highway). With the 5.4-liter engine, these vans are rated at 14 mpg combined (12 city/16 highway). The E-350 is rated at 13 mpg combined (12/16) with the 5.4-liter V8 and 12 mpg combined (10/14) with the V10. Keep in mind that your fuel economy will vary depending on the axle ratio you choose.

Properly equipped, an E-150 with the 5.4-liter V8 can tow up to 7,500 pounds, while the heavier E-250 tops out at 7,400 pounds with this engine. The V10-equipped E-350 tops out at 10,000 pounds.

Safety

All 2014 E-Series Vans come standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes and stability control. A rearview camera is offered as an option.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside the 2014 Ford F-Series and E-Series vans and Trucks, function definitely takes priority over form. The cabin is decidedly spartan with its vinyl flooring and upholstery, but you can civilize it a bit by opting for front captain’s chairs, an insulation package, an upgraded audio package with a navigation system, and/or a sliding side cargo door.

Regardless, blocky, industrial shapes dominate this aged cabin and padded surfaces are rare, even by cargo van standards. Fortunately, the controls are simple to use and storage is plentiful, plus you can always add more bins and drawers if needed. Still, the E-Series gives you less flexibility than newer vans. There’s no optional driver-side sliding door, nor are there different roof heights. Standard-length vans have a maximum cargo capacity of 237 cubic feet, while extended-length vans check in with 275 cubic feet of space.

Driving Impressions

The base 4.6-liter V8 is not really suited for a brawny hauler like the 2014 Ford E-Series cargo van, at least not if you’re trying to keep pace in highway traffic. It’s passable if you’re only driving in the city or carrying light loads, but most drivers will be happier with the stronger performance from the larger V8 or V10. The V10 is thirsty, however, and you’ll likely find that the diesel engines in the Ram Promaster, Sprinter and GM cargo vans offer superior efficiency and lower running costs.

Otherwise, the E-Series Van drives about how you’d expect. The turning circle is enormous, and you’ll want to take it easy around turns, as any change in direction tends to upset the van’s composure. Compared with newer cargo vans and trucks, the Ford has a harsh, bumpy ride, but if utility is the overriding priority, you probably won’t think twice about this aspect of the driving experience.

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2014 Ford Truck & Van: F Series, E-Series and Super Duty Review

What’s New for 2014

The 2014  F Series and E-Series Truck & Van are as durable, tough, dependable and found in Louisville Kentucky KY and Clarksville Indiana IN.

Introduction

Large cargo vans have always been a great option for business fleets and independent contractors alike. Not only do these vans offer more protection from weather and would-be thieves than pickup trucks, they provide a lot of space and countless storage options for all your gear. The 2014 Ford E-Series Van has dominated this market for years, but compared with other cargo vans you might consider, Ford Commercial Truck’s entry is now way out of date and has some significant drawbacks.

One of these is the E-Series Van’s extremely basic interior. Granted, you can outfit this van with numerous bins, drawers and racks, but the seats and interior panels are of low quality, even by cargo van standards. Further, Ford doesn’t offer a high-roof option for the E-Series, so contractors who want to stand up and work inside their van will be forced to stoop. On the road, the 2014 E-Series Van’s base 4.6-liter V8 engine also feels like it’s from an earlier era. It’s sluggish off the line and really isn’t powerful enough to motivate a fully loaded van. Opting for the larger V8 or even the V10 engine is a must if you’re planning any significant highway travel.

In fairness, the E-Series’ traditional rivals, the 2014 Chevrolet Express Cargo and GMC Savana, aren’t exactly spring chickens either, but their available diesel V8 engine gives them an advantage over the Ford if you’ll be hauling or towing exceptionally heavy loads. That said, if there’s some flexibility in your budget, the more modern 2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2013 Nissan NV and 2014 Ram Promaster are far more desirable, as they offer nicer interiors, optional high-roof configurations and a more pleasant overall driving experience. In the face of this newer competition, the 2014 Ford E-Series Van really only makes sense if you’re shopping for a full-size cargo van on a slim budget.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

A full-size cargo van, the 2014 Ford E-Series Van is offered in three variants. Shoppers with lighter-capacity needs can start with the E-150 model, while those with more demanding requirements should focus on the E-250 and E-350 Super Duty models. These heavier-duty vehicles come in two different lengths — 216 inches for the regular version and 236 inches for the Extended model.

Intended as a commercial workhorse, the F-Series and E-Series Trucks and Vans are short on creature comforts. Standard features are limited to 16-inch steel wheels, vinyl front bucket seats, vinyl front floor coverings, front air-conditioning, a tilt-only steering wheel, manual telescoping mirrors and a two-speaker AM/FM radio with an auxiliary audio jack.

Available options include alloy wheels, a limited-slip differential, chrome exterior trim, power-adjustable and manually telescoping mirrors, running boards, a sliding side door, towing packages with optimized axle ratios, a household power outlet, power windows and locks, rear air-conditioning, a power-adjustable driver seat, a second-row bench seat, interior insulation, cloth upholstery, captain’s chairs, cruise control, keyless entry, a navigation system, Ford’s Sync voice control system, a rearview camera, satellite radio and a four-speaker CD stereo.

For the business on wheels that demands additional customization, there are several special packages that equip the E-Series with a variety of racks, bins and drawers, as well as the optional Crew Chief service, which keeps tabs on vans in its fleet, tracking location, speed, idle time and maintenance schedules.

Powertrains and Performance

The rear-wheel-drive 2014 E-Series Van has three available engines. Standard on the E-150 and E-250 is a 4.6-liter V8 that produces 225 horsepower and 286 pound-feet of torque. Optional on the E-150/250 and standard on all E-350 models is a 5.4-liter V8 engine that makes 255 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Both V8 engines are paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. E-350 buyers can upgrade to a 6.8-liter V10 that churns out 305 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic is standard with the V10.

The EPA rates the E-150 and E-250 with the 4.6-liter V8 at 15 mpg combined (13 city/16 highway). With the 5.4-liter engine, these vans are rated at 14 mpg combined (12 city/16 highway). The E-350 is rated at 13 mpg combined (12/16) with the 5.4-liter V8 and 12 mpg combined (10/14) with the V10. Keep in mind that your fuel economy will vary depending on the axle ratio you choose.

Properly equipped, an E-150 with the 5.4-liter V8 can tow up to 7,500 pounds, while the heavier E-250 tops out at 7,400 pounds with this engine. The V10-equipped E-350 tops out at 10,000 pounds.

Safety

All 2014 E-Series Vans come standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes and stability control. A rearview camera is offered as an option.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside the 2014 Ford F-Series and E-Series vans and Trucks, function definitely takes priority over form. The cabin is decidedly spartan with its vinyl flooring and upholstery, but you can civilize it a bit by opting for front captain’s chairs, an insulation package, an upgraded audio package with a navigation system, and/or a sliding side cargo door.

Regardless, blocky, industrial shapes dominate this aged cabin and padded surfaces are rare, even by cargo van standards. Fortunately, the controls are simple to use and storage is plentiful, plus you can always add more bins and drawers if needed. Still, the E-Series gives you less flexibility than newer vans. There’s no optional driver-side sliding door, nor are there different roof heights. Standard-length vans have a maximum cargo capacity of 237 cubic feet, while extended-length vans check in with 275 cubic feet of space.

Driving Impressions

The base 4.6-liter V8 is not really suited for a brawny hauler like the 2014 Ford E-Series cargo van, at least not if you’re trying to keep pace in highway traffic. It’s passable if you’re only driving in the city or carrying light loads, but most drivers will be happier with the stronger performance from the larger V8 or V10. The V10 is thirsty, however, and you’ll likely find that the diesel engines in the Ram Promaster, Sprinter and GM cargo vans offer superior efficiency and lower running costs.

Otherwise, the E-Series Van drives about how you’d expect. The turning circle is enormous, and you’ll want to take it easy around turns, as any change in direction tends to upset the van’s composure. Compared with newer cargo vans and trucks, the Ford has a harsh, bumpy ride, but if utility is the overriding priority, you probably won’t think twice about this aspect of the driving experience.

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A Review: FORD IS SELLING More CARS, SUV’s & Trucks THAN TOYOTA – Sales, Service and Information

FORD IS SELLING CARS MORESO AROUND THE PLANET THAN TOYOTA Including F Series 250, 350, 450, 550, 650 and 750.

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The Ford brand is closing in on Toyota as the favorite of retail auto buyers, a sign of rising popularity of the Fusion mid-size car and Escape sport-utility vehicle, and of growing dismay with the Japanese manufacturer.

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Toyota Motor Corp. namesake brand, a default choice of a generation of car buyers who admired its high quality, lost ground during the past six years amid recalls, natural disasters and stiffer competition.

Its share of the U.S. retail market fell to 13.5 percent last year from 16.3 percent in 2008, according to data provided to Bloomberg by IHS Automotive using Polk vehicle-registration records. Toyota’s 2.8 percentage point loss matched the gain of Ford Motor Co. (F)’s main brand, to a 13.2 percent share, over the same period.

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Retail registrations are the best measure of the tastes of individual car buyers because they exclude bulk fleet sales to corporate and government customers. Toyota dominated the retail market before the recession, with top sellers such as the Camry sedan and Corolla compact. Those models now face tougher competition as car shoppers favor Ford models including the Fusion, which draws frequent comparisons to an Aston Martin, and a restyled, fuel-efficient Escape. Hyundai Motor Co. and Subaru, the auto unit of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., also gaining ground.

“Before 2010, Toyota’s image was bulletproof, and while it is still strong, it’s not rock solid and as perfect as it was before,” Tom Libby, auto analyst for IHS Automotive, said in an interview. “It now appears their march forward has been slowed.”

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Top ThreeThe leader in total U.S. sales is General Motors Co. (GM), which has four brands including Chevrolet and Cadillac. Ford including its fleet sales and Lincoln brand is No. 2, followed by Toyota, which overtook Ford in sales by company from 2007 to 2009 before falling back to the third position.

Those rankings will hold again when February’s U.S. sales results are announced March 3, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg. Toyota, GM and Ford may all report declines, while Chrysler Group LLC and Nissan Motor Co. post gains, according to analysts surveyed.

Light-vehicle sales in the U.S. may rise 0.4 percent in February to almost 1.2 million, the average of six analyst estimates. The annualized rate, adjusted for seasonal trends, will probably remain at 15.3 million, the average of 10 analyst estimates, the same as in February 2013.

Toyota’s once-pristine image was tarnished, Libby said, when it recalled more than 10 million vehicles for problems related to unintended acceleration in 2009 and 2010, involving defective floor mats and accelerator pedals. The world’s largest automaker lost sales in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan and shut down Toyota’s car factories.

Rebound ScenarioToyota’s U.S. retail market share fell to 12.4 percent in 2011, recovered to 13.7 percent in 2012 and declined again last year, the IHS data show.

“A fair number of people — I was among them — thought that after the recall situation and after the tsunami that Toyota would just resume where they were,” Libby said. “Lo and behold, they have not.”

As total U.S. auto sales rose, Toyota has increased sales by more than a half-million vehicles in the last two years. That is more important than its retail market share, said Mike Michels, a Toyota spokesman.

“Share doesn’t pay the bills, sales do — that was and is our focus,” Michels said in an e-mail. “Toyota recovered an enormous amount of volume after the recession and Tsunami/Thailand floods impacted periods.”

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“Ford’s going to give them a run for their money over the next couple years, but at this point we don’t see them overtaking Toyota,” Schuster said.

Toyota Chief Executive Officer Akio Toyoda has pushed his designers to create more exciting cars after critics have dismissed the company’s products as “blandmobiles.” At the Detroit auto show in January, Toyota generated buzz and floor traffic with its red FT-1 concept that drew inspiration from the automaker’s Supra sports car.

“We’ve seen some indication that Toyota is going to refocus on design and basically bring sexy back or maybe get it for the first time,” Schuster said.

Swoopy SonataThe looks of Hyundai’s swoopy Sonata sedan, Kia’s angular Optima sedan and Ford’s Fusion have attracted family-car buyers, Schuster said. Korea’s Hyundai and its corporate sibling Kia combined to control 8.2 percent of the U.S. retail market last year, up from 5 percent in 2008, though down from 2012, according to the IHS data.

“Vehicles like the FusionEscape and our hybrids have provided us with a tremendous amount of retail sales and share gain, particularly in the coastal regions in the west and southeast, areas that typically have been dominated by Japanese automakers,” said Erich Merkle, Ford’s sales analyst. The Ford brand’s overall retail sales rose 14 percent in 2013, he said, powered by a 21 percent rise in the west and a 17 percent increase in the southeast.

The closing quality gap among automakers has removed a onetime Toyota advantage, Libby said. The Toyota brand ranked seventh in J.D. Power & Associates’ Initial Quality Study last year, below GM’s GMC truck brand, which ranked second, and its Chevrolet line, which ranked fifth.

“In core car segments, where Toyota really had their strength and still has strength, there’s more legitimate competition,” Libby said.

Chevrolet’s SlideDespite quality gains and praise from critics, GM’s Chevrolet brand also lost ground among individual retail buyers. Chevy’s U.S. retail share fell to 10.7 percent last year, from 11.4 percent in 2008. GM last year introduced a redesigned Silverado pickup truck, its top seller, as well as updating the design of its Malibu family car.

“Chevrolet is pretty disappointing. They’ve had a significant product revival over the last two years and they’ve not been able to gain share,” Libby said.

Since 2008, Chevrolet has exited the minivan and small pickup categories, which cost it retail sales, said Jim Cain, a company spokesman. GM will begin offering a smaller pickup later this year with the Colorado model. The Detroit-based automaker also is putting a greater emphasis on profits, selling fewer cars on deep discount, he said.

Light Years”The quality of our market share is light years ahead of where it was in 2008,” Cain said. “We are much more profitable and the resale of our products has risen sharply thanks to what is now an essentially all-new showroom of vehicles.”

Chrysler, the U.S. automaker owned by Fiat SpA (F), saw its Jeep line of SUVs climb to 3.4 percent from 2.7 percent in 2008, the IHS data show.

The next top brands will find a way to lead in innovation, as Toyota did in the last two decades with the Prius hybrid-electric car and the RAV4 that helped pioneer the car-like SUV category, Libby said.

Segment LeadersHonda Motor Co. (7267), which was second to Toyota in retail share in 2008, has slipped to fourth. It had 10.4 percent of the retail market last year, down from 11.9 percent in 2008, according to the IHS data. Honda also has suffered from lackluster looks, Libby said, as the competition has become more appealing. Like Toyota, it also had to contend with natural disasters in Asia that disrupted production in 2011.

While its retail share slid, Honda said its top-selling models were retail leaders in their segments: the Civic compact, Accord mid-size car, CR-V compact utility and Odyssey minivan. The company doesn’t have a fleet-sales operation and few Honda dealers handle such sales.

“Our focus on retail sales to individual buyers has a direct correlation to the high resale value of Honda products, which is a key factor in the value proposition for our customers,” John Mendel, executive vice president of automobile sales for Honda’s U.S. unit, said in a statement last week.

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Ford Super Duty Truck – Dealer, Information, Sales, Parts & Service

Ford Super Duty Trucks

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The Ford Super Duty is a line of trucks (over 8,500 lb (3,900 kg) GVWR) introduced in 1998 for the 1999 model year. The F-250 to F-550 Super Duties are assembled at the Kentucky Truck Plant inLouisville, Kentucky. The F-650 and F-750 Super Duties are assembled at the Blue Diamond Truck plant in Mexico.

The Super Duty trucks are larger, heavier built series pickup trucks with heavier-duty body-on-framesteel ladder frames, axles, springs, brakes, transmissions, more powerful engines, and all other heavier/bigger components (with much higher payload and towing capacities) than the older traditional equivalent F-250, F-250HD (Heavy Duty), and F-350 Ford truck lines. The two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive model frames are the same in the F-250 and F-350 series, making conversion from a two-wheel-drive model to a four-wheel-drive model less difficult than in other truck models. F-350 chassis cab, F-450 and F-550 frames are the same between the two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models,and use the same suspension.

First generation (1999–2007)Originally Ford coined the term “Heavy Duty” in their 80′s-early 90′s pre-Super Duty generation trucks, used on their 250, and 350 models. GM and Chrysler later copied the term and in turn, Ford switched to the term ‘Super Duty”. In 1960, the term Super Duty was used on a heavy duty line of Ford trucks[1] A short N-series version was introduced in 1963.[2]

 
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For the 1999 model year, Ford shifted the F-250 and F-350 truck lines to a design mechanically and cosmetically distinct from that of the F-150. The F-350 was not available for 1998, while the F-250 was available that year with the F-150′s body. By using two separate but related platforms for F-Series trucks, the inevitable compromises inherent in offering a wide range of load-carrying capacities were avoided. The main competition, General Motors, followed suit for the 2001 model year, when theChevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD were introduced.

These trucks were styled distinctly different for the first time from the smaller F-150 half-ton pickups. They did not share components with the F-150 platform at all (except V-8 gas engines, interior components, and cargo bed on earlier generations), even though it was still considered an F-series truck. The front was more boldly angular with a raised hood, somewhat similar to the Dodge Ram. As an industry first, 2 large complete ring-style front tow hooks were included. The side windows went lower forward in the door like a commercial medium to heavy duty truck (similar to a Kenworth”Daylight Door”), and the grille was also narrower and taller as if from a larger truck, and in 1999, optional manual telescoping Trailer Tow (TT) mirrors became available.

2002 Ford F-250 with 20-foot (6.1 m) enclosed trailer for four motorcycles

There were three cab options: Standard (2–3 passengers) with two doors, SuperCab (5–6 passengers), which included two small suicide doors at the rear (4 doors), and the crew cab with four full doors and seats for 5–6 people. The Super and Crew cabs came with 634-foot (2.1 m) and 8-foot (2.4 m) full-size bed options, but the Standard cab was only available with the 8-foot bed. The F-250 Super Duty would also be the base platform for the short-lived Ford Excursionwhich was the only passenger SUV larger than theChevrolet Suburban and its twin, the GMC Yukon XL.

The Ford F-350 Super Duty first generation was also assembled in Venezuela as a commercial small truck from 1999 to 2010. For this market the F-350 featured the 5.4L V8 Triton engine with a 5-speed manual transmission with a choice of 4×2 or 4×4.

Ford Super Duty trucks were built in Brazil between 1999 and 2011 . They were widely exported to Australia (F-250), South Africa and Argentina (where they were sold as the F-100).[3]

Engines

The Super Duty had several available engines. A 2-valve-per-cylinder 5.4 L Modular V8 with 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 350 ft·lbf (470 N·m) of torque was standard, while the 2-valve-per-cylinder 6.8 L Modular V10 with 310 horsepower (230 kW) and 425 ft·lbf (576 N·m) of torque was an option. In 1999, power output for the 16V 5.4L V8 increased slightly from 255 hp to 260 hp. For the 2005–2008 model years, all models equipped with the 5.4L Triton received the 3V SOHC heads. Power was now rated at 300 hp with 365 lb/ft of torque. Similarly, the 2005+ Triton V10 received 3-valve heads and output was raised to 362 hp (270 kW) and 457 lb·ft (620 N·m). The 7.3 Power Stroke turbodiesel with 235 horsepower (175 kW) and 500 ft·lbf (680 N·m) of torque from 1999 to 2000 and upped to 250 hp (190 kW) and 500 ft·lbf (680 N·m) of torque in 2001 thru first-quarter 2003 trucks equipped with an automatic transmission or 275 hp (205 kW) and 520 ft·lbf (710 N·m) of torque for trucks equipped with a manual transmission.

6.0 Power Stroke

The 6.0 Power Stroke with a variable-vane turbo was phased in starting in the second quarter of 2003; this engine produced 325 horsepower (242 kW) and 560 ft·lbf (760 N·m) of torque. The 6.0 L 32-valve pushrod-actuated Power Stroke single-turbo diesel was modified in 2004, boosting torque to 580 ft·lbf (790 N·m), but power remained the same as the previous version with 325 horsepower (242 kW). Due to impending tighter emissions requirements, along with a very high warranty exposure and over 500 full vehicle buybacks (175 by one northern California law firm alone),[4] 2007 models were the last to include the 6.0 L diesel.

Transmissions

Four transmissions were available. A standard 5-speed manual was standard for gasoline engines, and a standard ZF 6-speed manual for diesel engines. An optional 4R100 4-speed automatic was available for either the gas or diesel engines, later being replaced with the TorqShift 5-speed automatic. The 5-speed automatics are rated at exactly 1,000 lb (450 kg) higher towing capacity than trucks with the standard 5/6-speed manual transmission. The 6-speed manual transmission comes with an integrated PTO.

Torqshift 5R110

The Torqshift 5-speed 5R110 automatic transmission replaced the 4-speed in the 2003 model year truck with introduction of the 6.0 L diesel engine. The TorqShift design in fact has six forward ratios, but only five are advertised, with the ‘hidden’ gear only used in extreme cold weather. The TorqShift 1st to 5th gear ratios are 3.11, 2.22, 1.55, 1.00, and 0.71:1. It also utilizes an alternate 4th gear, overdrive on 2nd gear of the 3-speed automatic component (0.72 x 1.55), that is 1.10:1 that is used under cold start conditions to aid engine and transmission warm up. On the TorqShift, once the Tow/Haul mode is activated it can help increase a driver’s control when towing large loads up and down steep grades and automatically minimizes shifts and maximizes available torque. Upon descent, the Tow/Haul mode utilizes engine braking to help extend brake life and improve driver control. An adaptive shift function monitors the TorqShift’s performance over its lifetime, and adjusts shift pressures in real time to assure consistent shift feel and compensate for wear. For ease of maintenance, the TorqShift’s oil filter is a spin-off style, mounted on the passenger-side exterior of the transmission. Also the TorqShift’s larger fluid lines and a larger transmission oil cooler help to assure cooler operating temperatures, even under the most demanding conditions. This was Ford’s first automatic transmission to feature PTO. The transmission can be equipped with an integrated PTO provision (which automatically locks the torque converter providing power to the PTO gear when the operator turns on the PTO switch).

Transfer case and 4×4

On 4×4 models there is a choice of a manual chain-driven transfer case floor shifter with manual front locking hubs or Electronic-Shift-On-the-Fly (ESOF, a $185 option over the manual) dash knob with vacuum activated automatic and (in case of failure) manual override front hubs. The optional FX4 models are basically a standard 4×4 with an Off Road package that includes a few extras like upgraded heavy duty Rancho shocks, limited-slip rear differential, added skid plates for the fuel tank and transfer case, and two “FX4″ decals on both back bed-sides instead of the standard “4×4″. For all 4×4 models, the 2-speed transfer case 4×4-LOW range has a gear reduction of 2.72:1.

Front suspension

The front suspension on 4×4′s use a solid front (monobeam) Dana 50 and Dana 60 axles on the F-250 and F-350 pickups. A Dana 60 is used on the F-450 and F-550′s until the 2005. The 2005–2007 models use a Dana Super 60. Leaf springs eventually got switched to coils for the 2005 model year and the front sway bar was relocated to a frame mounting location, instead of being part of the front axle’s unsprung weight. The front suspension on 4×2 models is independent twin I-beam with coil springs on the F-250 and F-350 pickups, while a solid axle is used on F-350, F-450 and F-550 cab chassis trucks. The manual locking hubs on Super Duty trucks are made by Warn.

F-250 solid axle

The Dana 50 axle featured on most F-250 Super Dutys differs greatly from the early models. The Dana 50 started out as a Twin Traction Beam axle (much like independent suspension) in 1980. This lasted all the way to 1997 models. The Super Duty models then used a solid axle version of this axle. The ring, pinion, carrier and u joints all remained the same however. The Dana 50 was discontinued for the trucks in model year 2004, in favor of the Dana 60 and was last used in the Ford Excursion.

Rear suspension

The rear suspension on all F-250 and F-350 SRW (single rear wheel) models use a 10.5-inch (270 mm) Sterling 10.5 axle 35-spline axle with choices of conventional or limited-slip differentials in 3.73, 4.10, and 4.30:1 ratios. The Sterling axle was upgraded for the Super Duty trucks. The ring gear was increased from the 10.25 inches to 10.50 and the carrier was upgraded with three pinions instead of two. F-350 DRW models use a Dana 80. All models have heavy duty 3″ wide leaf springs and staggered shock absorbers. A standard stabilizer bar is included on DRW models. An optional slide-in camper certification package with heavier springs and an optional stabilizer bar package are available on SRW models. The rear suspension on F-450 trucks usedDana 80 axles while F-550 models used a Dana 135 until 2005 models. 2005–2007 models use a Dana S 110 axle.

  • Ford F-350 Dually

  • Ford F-550 crew cab pickup

  • 1999–2004 Ford F-550 cutaway

 

(2005–2007)

2005–2007 Ford F-350 King Ranch crew cab

The Super Duty line was restyled for 2005. Exterior and interior styling were given minor updates: dash, gauges, headlights, badges, a new taller front grille, revised interior and standard locking tailgate. However, with this facelift came significant changes both in mechanics and options offered.

Major changes over the previous generation of Super Duties include increased payload (GVWR) and towing (GCWR) capacities, 10-17% thicker partially boxed frame, alternator with a higher current capacity, larger-than-before 4-wheel disc brakes (13.66-in front and 13.39 in (340 mm) rear rotors) with new two-piston calipers, coil-sprung front axle for improved turning radius, revised engines, a new optional built-into-dash Ford TowCommandTBC (Trailer Brake Controller) that is fully integrated with the truck’s PCM (Powertrain Control Module) and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), optional dashboard-integrated auxiliary “upfitter” switches (for adding off road lights, winches, snow plows, etc.), and an optional drivers side glove compartment. 17 inch wheels are now standard instead of 16 inch wheels. Forged Alcoa wheels are still an option as well. 18 inch wheels are also an option on single rear wheel trucks.

The two previous gas engines were upgraded from 2-valve-per-cylinder to 3-valve (2 intake and 1 exhaust) per cylinder designs. The standard 5.4 L V8 produces 300 horsepower (220 kW) and 365 foot-pounds force (495 N·m) of torque, and the optional 6.8 L V10 produces 362 hp (270 kW) and 457 ft·lbf (620 N·m).

Fuel tank capacities are 38 U.S. gallons in the 8′ long bed models, and 29 U.S. gallons in the 6.75′ short bed models. Depending on models the optional trailer tow hitch receiver comes with a 2″ or 2.5″ Class V receiver and 4- and/or 7-pin wiring harness in either 12,500 or 15,000 lb (6,800 kg). All Super Duties include factory installed external oil and transmission coolers.

Fail-Safe Cooling System

Ford’s “Fail-Safe Cooling System” is designed to protect the engine due to loss of coolant. If the engine overheats, it will automatically switch from 8/10-cylinder (depending on V8 or V10 engine) operation to alternating 4/5-cylinder (depending on V8 or V10 engine) operation. Because there is now 50% less hot combustion, the engine will operate cooler. The vehicle will continue to operate, but with very limited engine power. The now so-called ‘dead’ cylinders also act like an air pump to cool the engine down even more. This system allows the driver to travel a short distance to obtain service or to reach a repair facility. The distance that can be traveled depends upon vehicle load, outside temperature, and current road conditions.

 

Second generation (2008–2010)

Second generation
Also called F-250
F-350
F-450
F-550
The second-generation Super Duty was to debut for model year 2007, but quality issues pushed it back to a 2008 model. The new 2008 model features an all-new 6.4 L, 390.5 cu in) Power StrokeDiesel V8 with piezo fuel injectors and sequential turbos to replace the problematic 6.0 L Power Stroke single-turbo Diesel V8. The new engine produces 350 hp (260 kW) and 650 ft·lbf (880 N·m) of torque.[7]The vehicle had its first official showing at the Texas State Fair in 2006. A number of 2007 F450SD’s were built with the new “2008″ 6.4L diesel, which seems to confuse many at the auto parts counter when they look at conflicting info in the parts books. It would be interesting for someone to compile detailed information about this malady here.

Located near the same dash area as the last generation (but slightly to the right and more directly below the radio), this generation of Super Duty has the same Ford TowCommand TBC (Trailer Brake Controller) and 4 AUX Upfitter switches as the last generation set-up.

There is an optional concealed slide-out step and swing-up hand grab bar in the rear tailgate for easy access.

Ford introduces its all new optional “Rapid-Heat Supplemental Cab Heater,” only available on Super Duty trucks with the Diesel engine and TorqShift automatic transmission. In the winter, it quickly raises the cabin temperature to a comfortable level until the engine is warm enough to handle the job.

The 2010 Super Duty was awarded ‘Best Resale Value Truck”.[8]

Trim levels

This 2nd generation of Super Duty includes the F-250 Super Duty (starting at $22,380), F-350 Super Duty (starting at $24,025), and the all new F-450 Super Duty (starting at $39,205). The F-250 and F-350 Super Duty basically has the same payload and towing specs as the last generation.

The model lineup for the 2010 F-250 and F-350 Super Duty is the XL (starting at $25,300), XLT (starting at $28,845), Lariat (starting at $36,420), Cabela’s (starting at $42,655), King Ranch (starting at $42,955), and Harley-Davidson (starting at $56,925).

The model lineup for the F-450 Super Duty is the XL (starting at $44,145), XLT (starting at $49,525), Lariat (starting at $52,965), King Ranch (starting at $56.955), and the Harley Davidson (starting at $62,625)

The FX4 model, which was once just an optional Off Road 4×4 package that could be added to any model in the lineup, is replaced by the 4×4 Off Road Package. The FX4 became a model of its own. It still had the same specs as the previous generation but with more of a sporty trim package. The FX4 model has been discontinued for the 2010 model year and has been reverted to an optional Off Road 4X4 package.

Engines

The same 2 gas engines are carried over and rated exactly the same from the 2nd generation. The 3-valve 5,408 cc (5.408 L; 330.0 cu in) V8 SOHC is standard. The 3-valve 6,802 cc (6.802 L; 415.1 cu in) V10 SOHC was still a $699 option over the 5.4L V8.[9] The 4-valve Navistar6.4 L (6400 cc, 390.5 cu in) V8 OHV Power Stroke diesel engine was the diesel engine option and was a $6,895 option over the 5,408 cc (5.408 L; 330.0 cu in) V8.

F-450 Pickup

Some unique points to highlight of the 2008, 2009 & 2010 F-450 with a regular production pickup bed, which was only offered as a chassis cab before. It has 2 available axle ratios of 4.30 and 4.88:1. The F-450 Super Duty with the optional ‘High Capacity Trailer Tow Package’ increases the GCWR from 26,000 to 33,000 lb (15,000 kg). Maximum payload is 6,120 lb (2,780 kg). Maximum towing is 24,500 lb (11,100 kg) (4.88 axle ratio) / 20,500 lb (9,300 kg) (4.30 axle ratio). It comes standard with Crew Cab, 8-foot (2.4 m) long bed, DRW (Dual Rear Wheels), Limited Slip rear axle, 10-lug 19.5-inch (500 mm)Forged wheels made by Alcoa, Trailer Tow package, and the TowCommand TBC (Trailer Brake Controller). The only engine offered in the F-450 Super Duty is the 6.4 L V8 Power Stroke Sequential turbo diesel. The F-450 is equipped with a standard 6-speed manual or optional 5-speed TorqShift automatic transmission.

  • Ford F-250 Super Duty Harley-Davidson crew cab

  • 2008 Ford F-450 crew cab

  • Ford F-550 Super Duty

 

Third generation (2011–present)

Third generation
550
The Super Duty line received a large exterior upgrade that includes a new, bigger front fascia. Its engines were also upgraded to better compete with the new Silverado HD and Ram HD. Ford stated in the 2011 Chicago Auto Show that the 2011 trucks have the thickest gauge steel frame of any Heavy Duty truck. The 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty was awarded Truckin’s “Topline Pulling Power” award for 2011. It also won Popular Mechanics best workhorse of 2011, and the best “Gear of the Year” in the trucks category. The F-450 is able to tow 24,400 pounds (11,100 kg) and has a maximum payload of 4,920 pounds (2,230 kg). The F350 has a maximum 21,600 pounds (9,800 kg) of towing capacity and 7,110 pounds (3,230 kg) of payload.[10] Each engine is mated to a 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission.[11]

Super Duty Trucks

The 2nd generation of the Ford Super Duty Trucks are assembled at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant, with additional production for other countries in Venezuela. In Venezuela the F-350 super duty is offered as a commercial use small truck featuring a 6.2L V8 gas engine with a 5-speed manual transmission, or a 6-speed automatic with a choice of 4×2 or 4×4 wheel drive. The F-250 super duty was also re-introduced in this market after ten years. It is being marketed using the same engine as the Venezuelan F-350, but only with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Engines

The 2011 Ford Super Duty is available with either a gas or diesel engine. The gas option is an E85-capable 6.2 L 2-valve SOHC V8, which puts out 385 horsepower (287 kW) and 405 pound-feet (549 N·m) of torque. The diesel is the new 6.7 L Power Stroke V8, producing 400 hp (298 kW) and 800 lb·ft (1,100 N·m) of torque.[12] The new engine is an entirely Ford product, unlike previous diesels, therefore reducing development costs and shipping delays. The 6.8-liter V10 was dropped from the regular Super Duty models, however it is still an option with the F-450 and F-550 chassis cabs, mated with a 5-speed automatic transmission.

Shortly after the unveiling of the 6.7 L Power Stroke V8, GM unveiled the 2011 Chevrolet Silveradoand GMC Sierra 3500HD with Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, making 397 hp (296 kW) and 765 lb·ft (1,037 N·m) of torque. Ford quickly responded by boosting the output of the Power Stroke just months after its initial release, to 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 800 lb·ft (1,100 N·m) of torque. For customers who purchased a Super Duty with the original Power Stroke V8, Ford offered a free upgrade at dealerships to the new level of output.[13]

Transmission

6R140

Gear 1 2 3 4 5 6 R
Ratio 3.97:1 2.32:1 1.52 1.15:1 0.86:1 0.67:1 3.13:1

No manual transmission is available in the United States, only an automatic. The diesel engine’s transmission features a PTO and is a “live-drive” unit. “Live-drive” meaning the PTO is directly connected to the engines crankshaft, whereas the Torqshift 5R110, GM’s Allison 1000 transmission and Ram’s Aisin use the Torque converter clutch or clutches.

F-250, F-350 & F-450 pickups

A feature unique to the 2011 Super Duty is the addition of a locking differential. It is only available for the F-250 and SRW F-350 4×4 models with a rearSterling 10.5 axle. It is a 390.00 USD option[14] The diesel F-250 relies on vacuum-boost brakes, while the F-350 relies on Hydro-boost. Both gas versions of the F-250 and SRW F-350 use vacuum-boost. F-250 is a class 2 truck. While the F-350 SRW, F-350 DRW, & F-450 pickup are class 3. The F-250 and F-350 (SRW & DRW) have 13.66 inch front brakes and 13.39 inch rear brakes. The F-450 pickup has 14.53 inch front brakes and 15.35 inch rear brakes. The F-450 has a wider track than the F-350. The F-450 remains available in class 4 as well.

F-450

The F-450 pickup is available only in a single configuration; a crew cab with a dual rear-wheel 8-foot bed. The only powertrain combination is the 6.7 L Powerstroke turbodiesel V8 mated to the six-speed TorqShift automatic transmission. Trim levels include XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch.

The Dana Super 60 is the front axle used in this truck. Previously the Dana Super 60 was used only as a Medium Duty axle.

  • Wheelbase: 172.4″ (Crew cab, long bed)
  • Payload: 4920 lbs (2011), 5260 lbs (2012), 5880 lbs (2013)
  • Towing capacity: 24,400 lbs (2011), 24,500 lbs (2012), 24,700 lbs (2013)
  • GVWR: 13,050 lbs (2011), 13,300 lbs (2012), 14,000 lbs (2013)
  • GCWR: 33,000 lbs
  • Axle gear ratio: 4.30:1
  • 4×4 only. No two-wheel drive.
  • Forged wheels are the only available wheels.(LT245/75R17)

2011 Chassis Cab

The Ford Chassis cabs were updated using the new 2011 body style. Ford chassis cabs are still rated at the industry maximum 19,500 pound Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. The Gross Combined weight was upped 2,000 pounds to 35,000 lb maximum; 5,000 pounds greater than the nearest competitor.[15]

 

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Plasan Sand Cat

  • Ford Excursion, SUV variant of the Super Duty pickup from 2000-2005 in North America; produced in Brazil since 2004
  • Ford P platform, code name P356 (current model)
  • Ford F-Series
  • Ford F-650
  • Plasan Sand Cat, armored vehicle based on shortened F-350, Oshkosh Sand Cat based on a F-550.
  • Ford Super Duty engine for the 401, 477, and 534 cubic-inch truck engines built from 1958-1981.

The 2014 Best Cars, Trucks and SUV’s for the Money in Louisville Kentucky, KY

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2014 Best Cars, Trucks and SUV’s for the Money in Louisville Kentucky, KY

Th 2014 Best Cars for the Money awards highlight cars that are great values and great cars to own.

These rankings are based on the opinion of the automotive press about a car’s performance, interior features and interior comfort, combined with reliability and safety ratings.

The Winners: Cars

Subcompact Cars


Ford FiestaFinalists: Chevrolet Spark, Mazda Mazda2

Compact Cars


Mazda Mazda3Finalists: Ford Focus, Kia Forte

Upscale Small Cars


Volkswagen GTIFinalists: Fiat 500L, Buick Verano

Hatchbacks


Ford FiestaFinalists: Mazda Mazda3, Kia Soul

Midsize Cars


Toyota CamryFinalists: Nissan Altima, Hyundai Sonata

Upscale Midsize Cars


Chevrolet VoltFinalists: Buick Regal, Lexus IS

Large Cars


Chevrolet ImpalaFinalists: Toyota Avalon, Kia Cadenza

Hybrid Cars


Ford Fusion HybridFinalists: Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Prius

Sports Cars


Scion FR-SFinalists: Mazda MX-5 Miata, Subaru BRZ

Wagons


Ford Escape 
Finalists: Subaru Outback, Toyota Prius V

The Winners: SUVs and Minivans

Ford Transit Connect

Compact SUVs


Honda CR-VFinalists: Jeep Cherokee, Mazda CX-5

Luxury Compact SUVs


Acura RDXFinalists: Infiniti QX50, BMW X1

2-Row Midsize SUVs


Ford Edge Finalists: Toyota Venza, Nissan Murano

3-Row Midsize SUVs


Ford ExplorerFinalists: Mazda CX-9, Dodge Durango

Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs


Ford ExpeditionFinalists: Lexus RX Hybrid, Infiniti QX70

Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUVs


Acura MDXFinalists: Infiniti QX60, Lincoln MKT

Large SUVs


Chevrolet TahoeFinalists: Ford Expedition, Chevrolet Suburban

Hybrid SUVs


Lexus RX HybridFinalists: Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

Minivans


Mazda Mazda5Finalists: Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna

The Winners: Trucks

Compact Trucks


Chevy Colorado – Finalists: Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline

Full Size Trucks


Ford F150Finalists: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500Ram 1500

When shopping for a new car, most buyers want a good value. To some people, that means giving up on a car that has the performance, features and comfort they want for a car that they think will be a better fit for their budget in the long run.

It’s important to realize, though, that a bad car with a rock-bottom price is no bargain. A low up-front price can hide high operating costs down the line. Also, as much time as people spend in their cars, getting a car that’s not quite right, even if the price is right, can quickly wear on most owners.

The Best Cars for the Money awards cover 21 different automotive categories, so it’s easy to find a great car that’s also a great value and works for your lifestyle. If you’re in the market for a new car, truck or SUV, the 2014 Best Cars for the Money award winners make excellent choices.

The winners of the 2014 Best Cars for Families awards prove that family cars don’t need to be dowdy or boring. The 2014 Mazda6, the Best Midsize Car for Families, and the 2014 Mazda3, the Best Compact Car for Families, both have performance that car reviewers love. That performance comes in addition to available high-tech safety features, like forward collision warning and lane departure warning, as well as spacious cabins that most car critics agree feel upscale.

The Honda Odyssey, which is the Best Minivan for Families for the fourth consecutive year, stands out in a class where every model is family-friendly. Though almost all minivans offer the space and safety features families are looking for, the Odyssey sets itself apart by offering features that go the extra mile, like a widescreen rear entertainment system and a built-in vacuum.

The awards also recognize luxury cars that work for families. The Acura MDX, the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families, has seating for up to seven and an engine that reviewers say delivers ample power, plus an upscale and modern interior. For luxury-minded families who don’t want an SUV, the Best Luxury Large Car for Families is the Cadillac CTS. Reviewers say it provides plenty of driving excitement for mom or dad, as well as plenty of entertainment options for the kids.

The award methodology combines professional automotive reviews, safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume and the availability of family-friendly features. Within each of the 19 automotive categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score is named the Best Car for Families in that category.

 

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Ford Super Duty Medium, Heavy-Duty Trucks – New Fuel Standards for southern Indiana and Clarksville, IN

Ford Super Duty Medium, Heavy-Duty Trucks Face Tighter Fuel Standards for southern Indiana and Clarksville, IN Business Owners

ford superduty Clarksville, IN F-650

The current administration will order the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to start developing tighter fuel-efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty work trucks (Class 4 to Class 8). The target date for the release of the new standards designed to help save fuel and reduce pollution will be March 31, 2016.

Emphasis on the big-truck segment is the next phase in the administration’s plan to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and to help limit the amounts of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. The previous round of fuel standards finalized in 2011 have already impacted the light-duty segment (cars and half-ton, three-quarter ton and one-ton pickup trucks), guiding automakers to invest in higher-mileage powertrain technologies and lightweight materials in order to the meet the more aggressive mileage targets effective in 2025.

According to the USA Today, the medium and heavy-duty truck segment accounts for only 4 percent of vehicles on the road but these trucks use as much as 25 percent of the nation’s fuel and produce the same amount of greenhouse gases. Pushing companies and manufacturers here could significantly improve air quality in certain cities and drastically cut overall vehicle emissions.

Improving fleet and individual truck efficiencies will continue to be important topics at trade shows like the National Truck Equipment Association’s Work Truck Show, and we’ll have more about future technologies when we attend that show March 5-7 in Indianapolis. More to come.

Ford F-650 SUPERDUTY LOUISVILLE, Kentucky

 

Ford F-150 King Ranch, launches Dealer Sales Contest, Reviews & Information

Ford F-150 King Ranch, launches Dealer Sales Contest

Ford F150 F Series Truck Used or New for Jimmy Fallon

New truck! Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show has been searching for the perfect new truck for a few weeks now, soliciting help from all corners in the process. Last night, Fallon made the announcement that the Ford F-150 King Ranch – in all of its cowboy glory – had been picked as his big winner.

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To add some more spice to a storyline that now dips deeply into the realm of the advertorial, Fallon also announced a contest to see which Ford dealership would get the privilege of selling him the King Ranch. Dubbed “Fingers on a 4×4″ The Tonight Show has invited 10 dealer reps from around the country to keep their hands on Jimmy’s F-150 for as long as possible. Last salesperson standing wins.

Watch Fallon make his pick and introduce the dealer reps below, and be sure to click on the second video for a live-streaming feed of Fingers on a 4×4 in action (the contest seems to be going strong).

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Ford unveils 2015 F-Series Super Duty for Clarksville Indiana IN Dealer

 

Ford Super Duty Truck Clarksville Indiana IN

Ford has officially served up the details on the upcoming 2013 F-Series Super Duty. Buyers will be able to snap up the latest work rig with in a new Platinum trim level that throws in niceties like SYNC, MyFord Touch, navigation and a rear-view camera as standard equipment. Power telescoping mirrors are also part of the package.

Unfortunately, the Platinum trim will only be available in Super Duty Crew Cab configuration. Even so, the cabin is swaddled in high-quality wood grain trim and premium leather seating. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is also heated for those really frosty mornings.

Outside, a smattering of chrome trim work sets the 2013 F-Series Super Duty Platinum apart from the rest of the trucks on the job site. Chrome door handles, mirror caps and running boards all add a bit of splash, as do the sizable 20-inch wheels that are newly designed for 2013.

Ford says the MyFord Touch at work in the new Super Duty is truck specific with features like a massive eight-inch touch screen display which has been optimized to function even when users are wearing thick work gloves. See below for the full press release as well as a brief video.

 

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Truck decked out in festive lights gets owner a ticket for Christmas [w/video]

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Truck in Christmas lights

Nobody likes getting a ticket from the police, but a $300 fine given to David Hill of Wichita, KS could prove to be some of the cheapest PR a charity could receive. Hill had his Ford F-350 Super Duty covered in 856 Christmas lights to help raise awareness to his charity, One Spark Can Start a Fire, when a Wichita police officer pulled him over and ticketed him for being a distraction on the road and illegally displaying red and blue lights on a vehicle (although it’s hard to believe that anyone could confuse this truck for any sort of emergency vehicle).

The lights were attached to the truck using magnets and powered by an 8,000-Watt generator mounted in the bed of the truck. The lights are a great way to draw local attention to his charity, but Hill sees the ticket as a way he can draw even more attention to One Spark, which is a non-profit organization intent on performing random acts of kindness such as collecting clothes and providing food for the homeless, according to the organization’s Facebook page.

Be sure to scroll down to watch the news report video, and check out Hill’s charitable cause here.

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Kelderman Ford F-250 Super Duty laughs at lesser trucks

 

Kelderman Ford F-250 Super Duty

Hey, you Ford Truck Fanatics – check this out:

The huge Super Duty diesel has between eight- and ten-inches of available lift via tricked-out suspension components and an AccuAir TouchPad air suspension management system. It can probably drive over most of the traffic in and around the Las Vegas convention center, which means we’re seriously considering it for our escape vehicle later in the week.

Enjoy the monstrous live image gallery, attached.

Kelderman Ford F-250 Super Duty laughs at lesser trucks originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:40:00 EST.

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From Super Duty to Call of Duty: Ford could power U.S. military’s future

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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle proposal

The future of the U.S. Army’s Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program might be powered by a Ford V8. BAE Systems, Northrup Grumman and Meritor Defenses said this afternoon that their proposed light fighting vehicle, which is called the Valanx, will have a Ford Power Stroke 6.7-liter diesel engine under its steel hood. (And likely a .50 cal on its roof.)

If it’s good enough for the Super Duty, it’s good enough for a Call of Duty.

“Ford products have a reputation for dependability and performance, even under challenging conditions,” said Ann Hoholick, BAE Systems Vice President of Amphibious & New Programs in the release.

Ford had dropped out of the JLTV program, which is searching for the next fighting machine to replace the venerable Humvee for the U.S. military. Ford is not a partner with the group but did provide a statement this afternoon.

“We’re proud of Ford’s 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel engines and their best-in-class power, durability and fuel economy,” said Ford spokesman Mike Levine. “And we are proud the engines were chosen to be part of BAE’s JLTV entry.”

Let’s just hope that engine is as bulletproof.

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2013 Ford Super Duty teased, new trim coming

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2013 Ford F-Series Super Duty teaser

The Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup truck is a pretty big deal. Not only is it physically large and imposing, it’s also a huge seller for Ford and a vehicle that practically generates its own weight in gold profit. That being the case, it’s no surprise that Ford is keen to make some noise about a new trim level for the 2013 Super Duty.

Judging from the lone teaser image let out by Ford, we can all expect the 2013 F-Series Super Duty to retain its massive, upright and in-your-face grille, flanked on either side by squared-off headlamps. We’d also expect to see enough chrome to bling the teeth of a dozen rappers, though nothing much is visible behind the curtain of the image above.

What will the trim level be called? We have no idea, but Ford is announcing the truck alongside its Professional Bull Riding partner, so we’re figuring there may be some sort of tie-in along those lines. In any case, we’ll just have to wait until Friday, March 9 for all the details. Stay tuned, truck lovers, and feel free to click on the image above for the full-size version.

2013 Ford Super Duty teased, new trim coming originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 02 Mar 2012 00:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Infographic: Ford Super Duty shows off market share in the workplace

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Ford Super Duty Infographic

Use your truck for work? Chances are good, according to Ford, that truck is an F-Series Super Duty proudly wearing a Blue Oval on the massive front grille. Perhaps that shouldn’t come as too big a surprise, considering that Ford has sold 4.1 million Super Duty pickups since 1998, which, Ford is happy to point out, is enough trucks to wrap around all 16,000 miles of the Australian coast.

Something tells us that Ford’s placement atop the heavy duty work truck market is secure for at least a little while; after all, every 63 seconds, a Super Duty pickup truck rolls off the assembly line. Want more interesting stats? You’ll find plenty of ‘em – including 21 separate industries where the Super Duty reigns supreme – in the infographic above (click on the image for the full-size version) and press release after the break. And if you’re a Super Duty owner yourself, Ford invites you to share your own story at its new We Own Work website.

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