2008 Ford Super Duty First Drive
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2008 Ford Super Duty First Drive
The Basics: Origins
The Basics: Model Mix – Configurations
The Basics: Model Mix – XL Standard Features
The base 2008 Ford F-450 in the XL model is your standard issue work truck. It includes Tow Command with integrated trailer towing, and exterior features such as sealed-beam halogen headlights, front tow hooks, black painted bumpers and grille, manually telescoping exterior mirrors, 19.5-inch wheels wrapped in 225/70-series all-season tires and roof clearance lights. The interior is basic work truck, with an AM/FM/digital clock stereo with two speakers, heavy-duty vinyl upholstery, black vinyl floor coverings, a front bench seat and a folding rear bench seat. Luxury touches are limited to an auxiliary power point and passenger sun visor mirror. Four dash-mounted switches are fitted allowing the addition of accessories, and an air filter sensor and reminder is standard on diesel models.
The Basics: Model Mix – XLT Standard Features
The XLT is the mid-level model of the 2008 Ford F-450 XLT, and it’s trimmed nicely enough to not be a penalty box. In addition to the XL (or in some cases, instead of), the truck gets dual beam headlights, an engine compartment lamp, chrome bumpers and a chrome grille with Medium Platinum insert, and heated power and telescoping exterior mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, and clearance lights. Inside is air conditioning, tilt steering, an upgraded CD/MP3 stereo with four speakers and auxiliary input, cruise control, power windows and door locks, cloth 40/20/40-split front bench seat with cupholders and storage, rear 60/40-split rear seat, and color-coordinated floor carpeting and floor mats.
The Basics: Model Mix – FX4 Standard Features
The Basics: Model Mix – Lariat Standard Features
Now we’re talking luxury. Lariat Super Duty trucks get front fog lights, cab steps, and heated/foldable tow mirrors that offer a dual element view of the outside. Inside, there’s dual-zone climate control, a trip computer, six-way power driver and front passenger seats wrapped in leather, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and climate controls, a metallic instrument cluster with cream-colored gauges, and an overhead console. There also are faux wood grain instrument panel accents, tinted privacy glass, anti-theft ignition system, illuminated entry, a rear sliding window, remote keyless entry and a keypad for easy entry.
The Basics: Model Mix – King Ranch Standard Features
The uplevel Super Duty King Ranch package includes two-tone exterior paint with gold accents on the bumpers, wheel moldings and grille insert, body-color exterior mirror caps and 19.5-inch forged aluminum wheels. Inside are quad King Ranch-stamped leather captains chairs with front seat heaters, a navigation system and DVD entertainment system with MP3-audio capability, universal garage door opener, driver’s adjustment memory that includes pedals and exterior mirror settings, and a power-sliding moonroof. There are also supple leather seating surfaces, front and rear center console lids, and unique trim with King Ranch badges on the wheel center caps, fenders and floor mats.
The Basics: Model Mix – Options
With a million trim combinations (or so Ford claims), you can imagine a long options list. Many are oriented to the Super Duty’s working lifestyle, such as the Snow Plow Prep Package, TowBoss Package, Camper Package and 4x4 Off-Road Package. Others, like the XL Décor Package, are there to dress up the lower-level models. The PowerScope Trailer TowMirrors are available as a stand alone option, as are the navigation system, rear-seat DVD system, adjustable pedals and a host of other comfort and convenience items. Pretty much anything that is available in a trim level is available as a separate option; for a full list, we recommend reading the brochure. The FX4 can be updgraded with 20-inch wheels, navigation/Audio system, satellite radio and power telescoping, folding and heated dual towing mirrors.
What’s New: Outside
What’s New: Inside
What’s New: Under the Hood
What’s New: Tailgate Step, Bed Extender
Driving: Test Day
Driving: Ride and Handling
Advice: Selling Points
Advice: Deal Breakers
Specifications: Powertrains, MPG
Base Price: Not Available
Engine Size and Type: 5.4-liter V8; 6.8-liter V10; 6.4-liter turbo-diesel V8
Engine Horsepower: 300 at 5,000 rpm (5.4); 362 at 4,750 rpm (6.8); 350 at 3,000 (6.4 diesel)
Engine Torque (ft-lbs): 365 at 3,750 rpm (5.4); 457 at 3,250 rpm (6.8); 650 at 2,000 rpm (6.4 diesel)
Transmission: six-speed manual; five-speed automatic
Curb weight, lbs.: 5,633 (F250, Regular Cab, 8-ft box, 2WD) – 8,687 (F450, Crew Cab, dual rear wheels, 8-ft box, 4WD)
Length (inches): 227 (Regular Cab, 8-ft box); 231.8 (SuperCab, 6.75-ft box); 248 (SuperCab, 8-ft box); 246.2 (Crew Cab, 6.75-ft box); 262.4 (Crew Cab, 8-ft box)
Width (inches): 79.9 (single rear wheels); 95.5 (dual rear wheels)
Height (inches): NA
Inside Box Height (inches): 20.1
Seating capacity: 2-3 (Regular Cab); 5-6 (SuperCab, Crew Cab)
Head room (in., front/rear): 41.4/NA (Regular Cab); 41.4/38.4 (SuperCab); 41.4/41.4 (Crew Cab)
Leg room (in., front/rear): 41/NA (Regular Cab); 41/31.8 (SuperCab); 41/41.8 (Crew Cab)
Maximum towing capacity: 24,500 lbs. (F450, dual rear wheels, 5th wheel gooseneck trailer); 16,000 lbs. with conventional hitch
Maximum payload capacity: 6,000 lbs. (F450 dual rear wheels)
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company