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Review: 2011 Ford F-450 Lariat

Industry Giant Still Working Hard to Stay Ahead Ask any economics professor – competition is a good thing. Exhibit A? The large pickup truck market. Ford F-Series trucks have been the number-one selling vehicle line in the United States for more than three decades, but the automaker has never grown complacent. Each new iteration has been bigger, badder and more capable than its predecessor, and that goes twofold for Dearborn's heavy-duty models. Despite the fact that Toyota and Nissan never followed up their light-duty trucks with three-quarter or one-ton models, just the... Read More

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    Chevy challenges Ford to HD towing contest, gets turned down
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    Numbers like maximum horsepower, torque and tow ratings are the heart and soul of the full-size heavy duty pickup truck segment. No shocker there. But how much reliance can consumers actually put on figures provided by the manufacturer? And, keeping in mind that the average test drive doesn't include hooking up a ten-ton trailer, how might we all get a ...

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    Ford Power Stroke wins Ward's diesel shootout
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    Wards Auto has crowned its king of the 2011 diesel pickup engine crowd. The editors pitted the mills in the 2011 Dodge Ram HD, Ford Super Duty and the GMC Sierra Denali HD against each other in one epic battle royale at the Robert Bosch LLC test track, and while each of the three oil-burners did a smart job of hauling payloads and the like, Wards clearly ...

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    Super Duty's Power Stroke diesel gets 800 lb-ft of torque reflash
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    We don't remember feeling at all disappointed when Ford released power figures for its new 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine available in the 2011 Super Duty. After all, who's going to argue with 390 horsepower and 735 pound-feet of torque? Then General Motors published power figures for its new 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel of 397 ponies and 765 ...

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    2010 PickupTrucks.com Heavy-Duty Shootout: And the winners are...
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    When it comes to all things pickup truck-related, our pal Mike Levine from PickupTrucks.com has his finger on the pulse of what's happening. Every year, Levine gathers all of the currently available contenders in a particular segment of the truck market for a shootout. With General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all having launched heavily reworked heavy-duty ...

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    Ford F-Series Super Duty
    Autoblog Podcast #189 - Flex sunsetting, NHTSA stars, saleable Sebrings and a cruise in the Cruze
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    Chris Shunk, Sam Abuelsamid and Dan Roth are back for Episode #188 of the Autoblog Podcast. Topics this time around include rumors of a Ford Flex/Lincoln MKT phase-out after 2013, changes to the way NHTSA crash rating scores are given, patent images that could be the next Chrysler Sebring and the Chevrolet Cruze. Your feedback is incorporated throughout ...

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    Ford tweaks Super Duty software to boost fuel economy by another 2%
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    Competition is a good thing and you'd be hard pressed to find a more competitive segment in the car industry than full-size trucks. Ford, General Motors and, to a lesser extent, Chrysler are continuously trying to outdo each other for the hearts and minds of truck buyers. Just weeks after Ford introduced its new 2011 Super Duty trucks earlier this year, ...

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    Official: Ford 6.7-liter PowerStroke gets 800 lb-ft as of next week, upgrades available
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    Ford has made it official: beginning with next week's production, the 6.7-liter PowerStroke turbo diesel in the 2011 Ford Super Duty pickup will be upgraded to 400 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. That's a bump of 10 hp and a jump of 65 lb-ft, enough to leapfrog General Motors' 6.6-liter Duramax by 3 hp and 35 lb-ft. Or, to put more bluntly, ...

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    HDLI: Cadillac Escalade top target for thieves
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    The Highway Data Loss Institute has churned out its official list of vehicles with the highest and lowest insurance claims for theft. The study combines the rate of insurance claims per vehicle as well as the cost of those claims, helping companies that supply coverage determine exactly how much to charge us poor saps. The Cadillac Escalade took top ...

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    Man spends nearly $200,000 to win right to park truck in his own driveway [w/video]
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    Beware of the home owner's association. Considered this country's most basic, ruthless unit of government, HOAs are typically organized and manned by retirees with little better to do than tell you what to do with your property – something A.J. Vizzi recently learned the hard way. When Vizzi purchased his home in Odessa, Florida, he was told he ...

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    Ford F-Series Super Duty
    Report: Ford 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel to churn out 800 lb-ft of torque
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    In February, the specs on Ford's 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 were announced: 390 horsepower and 735 pound-feet of torque. A month later, General Motors laid out the specs on its 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel: 397 hp and 765 lb-ft. According to PickupTrucks.com, the Duramax could be shoved to the corner again later this year, when a high-output ...

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    Medium-duty Ford F-Series trucks to get 6.8-liter V10
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    If you've been itching to hop into the driver's seat of a new Ford medium duty truck, but want a powerful gasoline alternative to the company's diesel engines, you're in luck. The Blue Oval has announced it will shoehorn its 6.8-liter V10 engine into the big SuperDuty trucks starting in the 2012 model year. The engine cranks out 362 horsepower and 457 ...

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    Ford adds CNG/LPG prep package option to F-450/F-550 chassis cabs
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    Ford has added two more platforms to its lineup of commercial vehicles available with a factory-installed preparation kit for either compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas systems (LPG). The F-450 and F-550 chassis cabs can now be ordered by fleet customers with all the fittings necessary to connect the alternative fuel tanks to the ...

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    Rumormill: Ford's Power Stroke diesel getting power increase to beat GM Duramax
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    Volatile gas prices and increasingly stiff emissions standards were supposed to kill the auto industry's horsepower wars, or so we thought feared. Recent news out of the General Motors and Ford camps appears to prove otherwise. The second act in the battle for power supremacy took a turn for the better last November when The Blue Oval announced that the ...

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    Scoripion King: 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Power Stroke Diesel is cleanest ever
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    The new 6.7-liter diesel V8 that is debuting in the 2011 Ford Super-Duty pickup trucks is the first such engine ever developed and built in house by that automaker. According to Ford, the new engine, which was code named Scorpion during development, is the cleanest diesel ever put into a Ford. It is the first Ford truck diesel with both a particulate ...

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    Ford F-Series Super Duty
    GM quickly one-ups Ford with 2011 Duramax diesel ratings, shows off GMC Sierra Denali HD
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    Not even a month ago, at the end of our post on the 2011 Ford Super Duty engine specs, we wrote: "General Motors, there's a big ass ball in your court." Someone at GM has apparently grabbed their big ass racket and said, "Oh, I got this...", then smacked the ball right back into play. The Ford's measurements 390 horsepower, 735 pound-feet of grunt. The ...

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    Ford F-Series Super Duty
    First Drive: 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty brings the biggest tools
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    It's a guy thing. Tim Allen understands. If you've got a job to do, you need the right tool. As guy logic goes, the bigger and more powerful the tool, the better. If what you do requires a tool shaped like a truck, then you're currently experiencing a nirvana-like period in history. In just the last few months, Chrysler and General Motors introduced ...

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    Ford touts class-leading fuel economy of new 2011 Super Duty pickup
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    Especially in today's environmentally conscious society, no automaker wants to bear the burden of offering the least fuel efficient vehicle in the United States. And, at least according to Consumer Reports, that unwanted honor goes out to Ford for the 2010 model year for its diesel-powered F-250 Super Duty pickup truck. If that sounds bad to you – ...

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    2011 Ford Super Duty power, towing specs released
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    Heavy duty truck lovers have been waiting for these figures for a while, so let's just cut to the main course. The 2011 Ford Super Duty can be had with two engines: the 6.2-liter gasoline-powered V8 found in the upgraded SVT Raptor, which puts out 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, or an all-new, Ford-designed 6.7-liter turbo-diesel V8 ...

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    Consumer Reports declares the Ford F-250 Lariat 2010's worst gas guzzler
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    The real-world results are in, and Ford has earned itself a dubious honor: offering the 2010 model year light-duty vehicle with the worst fuel economy in the U.S. Consumer Reports tested all of the 2010 vehicles and discovered that the Hummer H2 is not the thirstiest vehicle on the market. Instead, that honor goes to the Ford F-250 Lariat, which got an ...

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    Ford F-Series Super Duty
    Rumormill: 2011 Ford Super Duty pickups to start at $28,995
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    We know a whole heck of a lot about Ford's new 2011 F-Series Super Duty pickup truck lineup, but there are a number of important details that we're still waiting to be revealed. For instance, we know that it will come with an optional 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 engine that's capable of running on B20 biodiesel, but we don't know how much power it ...

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