In It for the Long Haul: Upgrading From an F-150 to Super Duty

So you bought a beautiful new F-150. You've told all of your friends, showed it off to family members, and made coworkers swoon over its body configurations and interior specs you chose so deliberately.

As May long-weekend approaches, you attach your 5th wheel trailer and can almost taste the nearing adventure. Everything is meticulously planned for a Friday departure to make the most of your well-deserved time off.  

Five o'clock hits as you climb into your truck and shift into drive, ready to finally hit the road. But your engine revs... and you barely move. Surely your ultra efficient 2.7L EcoBoost can tow a 5th wheel? With all that time you spent researching specs, you must have remembered to look at drivetrain performance and power output right?

If you've been in a situation like this before, it may be time to consider upgrading to the Ford Super Duty. The F-150 is designed as an do-all pickup, which means that it's good at everything, but not great at everything. For proper performance in demanding situations, Kentwood Ford offers an entire line of full-sized pickups with improved capabilities. When hauling heavy payloads and trailers, no other line of Ford trucks compares to the Super Duty. Read more the Super Duty's features, and find out if an upgrade is right for you.

Front 3/4 view of the Ford F-150 driving through the highway with mountains in the background

Upgraded Power and Utility


Ford's Super-Duty was designed with one feature in mind: power. The 2018 F-350 Super Duty's 6.2L V8 dwarfs the F-150's economy-minded 3.3L V6. A single overhead cam design shines above the F-150's variable cam in low-end torque situations. Meanwhile, the F-350's upgraded Torqueshift(TM) transmission maximizes output with lower gear ratios and heavy-duty components. In shoty, the F-350 offers an additional 95 horsepower, 65 pounds of torque, and 7,800 lbs of towing capacity. If carrying heavy payloads or hauling for long distances is in your future, an upgrade to the Super Duty is a wise choice.

Front 3/4 view of the Ford F-150 towing a camper behind it as it drives through a bridge


Technology and Engineering Features


The Super Duty's special features, like everything else on the truck, were designed to make towing easier. Essential for hauling, integrated trailer brake controllers, stabilizer bars and hitch receivers come stock with the Super Duty line. The F-150's standard vented anti-lock disk brakes are improved with a vacuum-boost system for safe braking, even if the engine quits while driving.

Also stock in the Super Duty line, Ford's AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control (RSC)® improves handling, stability, and braking distances. By self correcting throttle and suspension settings in response to vehicle positioning and road pitch, the AdvanceTrac® offers the safest solution for driving on poor terrain. Further upgrades to the Super Duty include heavy-duty suspension, alternator and transfer case to accommodate for increased engine strain. Drivers can also access extended vehicle information on the Super Duty's 4.2" LCD productivity screen, and drive safely with stock hands-free audio controls.  

The Super Duty line offers a number of improvements. But If you haul more groceries than gravel, perhaps stick with your F-150. Despite it's incomparable drivetrain output, the optional 2.7L EcoBoost engine refuses to stop at gas stations with a combined 10.6L/100 km fuel consumption.

A comparable interior to the Super Duty and 5-star NHSTA safety rating make this a great family vehicle. As the best-selling full-sized pickup for over five years, many Canadians see value in opting out of Super Duty models. Not to mention, the base Super Duty MSRP is $15,000 more than that of an F-150.

To learn more about Ford trucks, or to see the 2018 Super Duty in person, contact a Kentwood Ford sales associate today.

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