Commercial Extended Cargo Van
2012 Ford E-350 Super Duty

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2012 E-350 Super Duty Overview

The Ford Super Duty pickups offer a pair of superb engines and can tow bumper-pull trailers that weigh up to 17,500 pounds or 24,500 with a fifth-wheel setup.Their bold, handsome exteriors are backed up by cabs that are attractive, functional and comfortable.Lariat and King Ranch models are downright luxurious.The F-450 pickup that shares cab and wheel sizes with the F-250 and F-350 remains atop the towing ratings for pickups.

The Ford Super Duty got a major overhaul for 2011 with all-new diesel and gasoline engines, a new 6-speed automatic transmission, and new front styling.Changes for the 2012 model year are minor.

The 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine that comes standard is rated at 385 hp in F-250 models and 316 hp on the majority of F-350 versions.Those ratings are similar to GM's 6-liter and the Ram's 5.7-liter Hemi.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 was bumped up mid-year 2011 to 400 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque, an update offered at no charge to early 6.7-liter buyers.Both engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission; no manual is offered.

For 2012, the gas engine may be ordered with a CNG/propane prep option.Also, short-bed models (6.75-foot) offer a factory gooseneck hitch package previously reserved for long beds.

There is nothing small about a Super Duty and even the shortest, plainest version represents three tons of mass.While the snout is mildly curved and aerodynamics have improved, the Super Duty is about as sleek as a concrete block, with in-your-face attitude and enough chrome to shave in front of it.

Super Duty trim ranges from basic commercial grade to luxurious Lariat and King Ranch models.Buyers can revel in heated-and-cooled Chaparral leather seats with driver memory, moonroof, a choice of two rearview cameras, SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment, navigation, and remote start.The new diesel is quiet by heavy-duty truck standards.

Super Duty XL and XLT are designed for the cost/benefit analysis small businesses and independents use: a simple, fast trailer hookup, 4WD to get in/out of the job site, and a warm cab they can be blown clean with compressed air.For fleet and owner-operator buyers, Ford's Work Solutions system provides facilities for GPS linking, computer access to your office (with cell signal), 110-volt power in-cab, and RFID tags for your tools so you never leave any on the job site.Crew Chief allows a dispatcher real-time truck location, speed, and fuel economy, potentially useful for the Friday-night parent as well.

As usual the top tow and payload ratings are up from mid-year 2011 models, often to numbers that require a commercial driver's license.Best-in-class numbers for heavy-duty pickups sometimes change several times in a year, but they typically apply to just one model.The bottom line is that the Ford Super Duty, Ram 2500/3500, Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD are all highly capable trucks and none of them has a clear capability advantage over the other.
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2012 E-350 Super Duty Overview

The Ford Super Duty pickups offer a pair of superb engines and can tow bumper-pull trailers that weigh up to 17,500 pounds or 24,500 with a fifth-wheel setup.Their bold, handsome exteriors are backed up by cabs that are attractive, functional and comfortable.Lariat and King Ranch models are downright luxurious.The F-450 pickup that shares cab and wheel sizes with the F-250 and F-350 remains atop the towing ratings for pickups.

The Ford Super Duty got a major overhaul for 2011 with all-new diesel and gasoline engines, a new 6-speed automatic transmission, and new front styling.Changes for the 2012 model year are minor.

The 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine that comes standard is rated at 385 hp in F-250 models and 316 hp on the majority of F-350 versions.Those ratings are similar to GM's 6-liter and the Ram's 5.7-liter Hemi.

The 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 was bumped up mid-year 2011 to 400 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque, an update offered at no charge to early 6.7-liter buyers.Both engines come with a 6-speed automatic transmission; no manual is offered.

For 2012, the gas engine may be ordered with a CNG/propane prep option.Also, short-bed models (6.75-foot) offer a factory gooseneck hitch package previously reserved for long beds.

There is nothing small about a Super Duty and even the shortest, plainest version represents three tons of mass.While the snout is mildly curved and aerodynamics have improved, the Super Duty is about as sleek as a concrete block, with in-your-face attitude and enough chrome to shave in front of it.

Super Duty trim ranges from basic commercial grade to luxurious Lariat and King Ranch models.Buyers can revel in heated-and-cooled Chaparral leather seats with driver memory, moonroof, a choice of two rearview cameras, SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment, navigation, and remote start.The new diesel is quiet by heavy-duty truck standards.

Super Duty XL and XLT are designed for the cost/benefit analysis small businesses and independents use: a simple, fast trailer hookup, 4WD to get in/out of the job site, and a warm cab they can be blown clean with compressed air.For fleet and owner-operator buyers, Ford's Work Solutions system provides facilities for GPS linking, computer access to your office (with cell signal), 110-volt power in-cab, and RFID tags for your tools so you never leave any on the job site.Crew Chief allows a dispatcher real-time truck location, speed, and fuel economy, potentially useful for the Friday-night parent as well.

As usual the top tow and payload ratings are up from mid-year 2011 models, often to numbers that require a commercial driver's license.Best-in-class numbers for heavy-duty pickups sometimes change several times in a year, but they typically apply to just one model.The bottom line is that the Ford Super Duty, Ram 2500/3500, Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD are all highly capable trucks and none of them has a clear capability advantage over the other.Hide Full Review