Almost everyone who needs a Super Duty truck wrestles with the F-250 vs F-350 question. Choosing between these two best-in-class powerhouses can seem like an impossible task. Both sport revolutionary, high-strength aluminum frames, staggering levels of torque, and 2.5- and 3-inch tow setups. But there are differences that should determine which Super Duty you end up driving.
Ultimately, your decision will come down to the type of work you’re using it for. So over the next few minutes we’ll compare F-250 specs to F-350 specs in terms of:
- Navigating Difficult Terrain
- City Driving
Let’s find the right truck for your lifestyle!
Lifestyle #1: I Use My Truck Primarily to Haul
First, let’s clarify something: hauling and towing are not the same thing. They’re often confused and used interchangeably, but there’s a huge difference: towing is when you pull something behind your truck (like a fifth-wheel or a boat), while hauling is when you transport goods in the truck bed.
You can haul heavy-duty goods to and from work, or it can be as simple as helping your friend move his couch in exchange for a 6-pack and a pizza. Basically, if there’s something in the the truck bed, you’re hauling.
If you’re buying a Super Duty for its ability to haul, you’re looking for a pickup with a large bed and a heavy payload.
Both the F-250 and F-350 have two available box sizes: 6 ¾’ and 8′. So there’s no clear cut winner here. Where these two trucks differ, though, is payload. Payload is a rating assigned to your truck that tells you how much cargo you can put in your truck’s bed before the back end starts to sag against the rear tires. The bigger the payload, the more cargo you can haul.
The F-250 pickup is considered a ¾ ton and has a payload of at least 1,500 lbs. The F-350, on the other hand, is a full 1-ton pickup and has a payload of at least 2,000 lbs., meaning it can haul almost 500 lbs more than the 250.
You Should Be Driving…
If your sole purpose is hauling, go for the bigger, badder truck. Find the box size that works best for you, and have at it.
Lifestyle #2: I Use My Truck Primarily to Tow
If towing is your main priority, then you need a beefy truck with a heavy towing capacity.
While the F-250 Super Duty puts up great numbers–a 16,600 lb. towing capacity and 4,040-lb payload–the F-350 is the better option in terms of towing. With a towing capacity and payload of 26,500-lb and 7,050-lb, respectively, this thing was built to transport goods.
The F-350 is also heavier than the F-250, which translates into more strength. Finally, the F-350 is the only Ford pickup you can buy with dual rear wheels, which increases towing capacity by almost 20,000 pounds(!). Tack on Trailer Sway Control, which comes standard on all Ford trucks and the 350 is built for the heaviest loads.
You Should Be Driving…
It’s heavier, comes with the option of dual rear wheels and has a higher towing capacity than the F-250. It’s a better choice for owners who mostly use their truck for towing. But keep in mind: If you’re pulling light equipment, the F-250 will still get the job done.
Lifestyle #3: I Use My Truck to Navigate Difficult Terrain
First, let’s talk about what we mean by the term “difficult terrain.” It can mean two-track or rock crawling for avid hunters, icy conditions for back road truckers, or work sites with a lot of uneven ground. Realistically, there are dozens of situations and road conditions that could be considered difficult.
If you need a truck that can tackle a variety of on-road and off-road situations, you need a pickup that’s light, has a high ground clearance, and has 4WD.
We’ve already determined that the F-350 Super Duty is heavier than the F-250, as it’s a 1-ton truck. But while a heavier weight bodes well for hauling, a lighter weight is ideal for driving across difficult terrain.
Simply put, the lighter your truck is the better it handles.
The next thing to consider is ground clearance. You want a lot of space between the bottom of your truck and the terrain you plan on tackling. Why? The higher your truck is, the less likely it’ll be damaged by rocks, boulders, and wayward tree branches. While the F-350 has a minimum running ground clearance of 7.8”, the F-250’s is 8.5”, meaning it has a slightly higher ground clearance and is better suited for off-roading.
You Should Be Driving…
Not only is it lighter with more ground clearance, but it has the four-wheel drive you’re going to need as well.
Lifestyle #4: I Use My Truck for City Driving
City driving Super Duties are for people who probably tow or haul a little bit, but their lives don’t depend on it. If you’re looking to use a Super Duty in the city, it’s likely you prefer the improved invisibility and confidence you get from driving a bigger, bolder truck. If that’s the case, the edge you’re looking to find here comes down to fuel efficiency.
The F-250 is lighter tan the F-350, making it more fuel efficient. And if you’re simply looking to save some money, the F-250 costs less than the 350 (depending on the trim you choose).
You Should be Driving…The F-250.
It can tow, haul, and handle off-road driving, but most importantly it’s more fuel efficient (especially with a 6.7L V8 Turbo diesel engine).
F-250 vs F-350: Which Is Right For You?
To sum up, you’re likely to need a F-350 Super Duty if your primary needs are Hauling and Towing. But if you’re needing a Super Duty truck for driving over difficult terrain, then the Ford F-250 is the way to go. The 250 has better fuel efficiency as well, if that’s your main consideration.But things are not always cut and dry. You might need some combination of each of these factors. If a deeper dive is needed, feel free to contact the team at Kentwood Ford and we’ll be happy to answer any and all Super Duty questions you have.
Do you already drive an F-250 or F-350? What do you use it for and why does it work for you?