#6. Towing is easier and safer than with the previous Super Duty.
Out on the road with about 10,000 pounds of trailered weight, the Super Duty’s new engines didn’t break a sweat and propelled us to highway speeds with relative ease. Uphill climbs were helped by a new upper-gear lockout feature that prevented the tranny from upshifting prematurely, something that was equally handy when working to maintain slow speeds on the returning descent. A separate manual mode, which like the lockout feature requires a tap of a +/- button on the column shifter, provides yet another way to override the automatic’s gear selection. Downhill runs also showcase exhaust-braking technology that, unlike the Ram, is seamlessly operated behind the scenes. With all of these features put to work, we were able to go easy on the brakes by letting the powertrain keep the reigns tight. Standard trailer sway control has been added to help bring things back in line if the ride gets a bit fish-taily; a previous demo of this safety feature in an F-150 proved to us that it does indeed work.