2001 E-350 Super Duty New Car Test Drive
Ford's Super Duty pickups look like serious big rigs and they are.
At last count, Ford was offering 44 different configurations of its Super Duty pickups. Any one of them can pull everything from a horse trailer to a big Airstream camper. Some can do much more. For most of us, the Super Duty line consists of the F-250 and F-350 (three-quarter- and one-ton) models. (Ford also offers even bigger F-450, 550, 650, and 750 series of commercial-grade trucks.)
The F-250 and F-350 are available in regular-cab, extended-cab (SuperCab) and Crew Cab configurations. The Crew Cab versions come with four full-sized doors, and are the most passenger-friendly models. Both two- and four-wheel drive versions are offered, with engine choices: 5.4-liter V8, 6.8-liter V10, and 7.3-liter turbodiesel V8.
Changes for 2001 include a trailer-towing package (equipped to tow 10,000 pounds) and four-wheel ABS as standard equipment for all trim levels. Also, XLT models now come standard with remote keyless entry and power mirrors. Finally, audio system upgrades are included throughout the line.
Most domestic-branded pickups are offered in more configurations than any normal human can count.
All F-250 models come with single rear wheels. F-350 models are available with single rear wheels (SRW) or dual rear wheels (DRW). The latter, often referred to as 'dualies,' are beneficial for towing as they offer higher tongue weight ratings.
Ford Super Duty F-250 competes with the other heavyweights from Detroit: Dodge Ram 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and GMC Sierra 2500. F-350 dual rear wheel models compete with the 3500-series models from GM and Dodge.