2002 F-350 New Car Test Drive
When the going gets tough, the tough buy a Super Duty.
This is no truck for dilettantes or poseurs. If you like your Lincoln Town Car, but are considering a pickup for the added trunk space, look somewhere else. Ford's Super Duty pickups look like serious big rigs, and they are. They are heavy-hauling, heavy-towing machines. And they outsell their Dodge and Chevrolet analogs combined.
These are specialized trucks as well, trucks with long lists of options to do special jobs. Ford offers 28 different variations on the F-250 3/4-ton, and 44 more on the F-350 one-ton. Any one of them can pull everything from a horse trailer to an Airstream camper. They are all the truck most consumers will ever need. Ford also builds even bigger F-450, 550, 650, and 750 commercial-grade trucks.
F-250 and F-350 are available in regular-cab, extended-cab (SuperCab) and Crew Cab configurations. Crew Cab versions come with four full-sized doors, and are the most passenger-friendly models. Both two and four-wheel drive are offered, with three power choices: a 5.4-liter V8, 6.8-liter V10, and 7.3-liter turbodiesel V8. All models come with four-wheel-disc brakes and ABS, also standard. New for 2002 is a six-speed manual transmission, standard with the 5.4-liter and 6.8-liter engines.
Also new for 2002 is long list of interior upgrades, to make these trucks more comfortable and user-friendly than before.
Most domestic-branded pickups are offered in more configurations than any normal human can count.
All Ford 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 called 'duallies,' are good 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.
Many trucks these days are used for work and personal duty. To address that, Ford now offers twice as many configurations as before.
Short-bed (6 3/4 feet) and long-bed (8 feet) versions are available. Three trim levels are offered: standard XL, mid-level XLT, and luxurious Lariat.
Wheelbase lengths include 137 inches (regular cab), 142 inches (SuperCab short-bed), 158 inches (SuperCab long-bed), 156 inches (Crew Cab short-bed) and 172 inches (Crew Cab long-bed).