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Truck Trend Pre-Owned: 2011 to 2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty

Pre-Owned

Colin Ryan
Jul 9, 2018
Photographers: Courtesy of Ford
There are times when only a massive truck will do. The Ford F-Series Super Duty might be that massive truck. We’re looking at the third generation of this heavy-duty pickup, a range that includes the F-250, F-350, and F-450. These magnificent machines not only look like a locomotive filling your rearview mirror but they have exceptional payload and towing abilities.
Once all the updates were complete, the F-250 could carry 4,130 pounds or tow up to 14,000 pounds (when properly equipped, which includes the torque-tastic diesel engine). That towing figure increases to 16,600 pounds if there’s a gooseneck or fifth wheel in the picture. The newest third-generation F-350, meanwhile, can take 7,260 pounds in its load space or pull 26,500 pounds. Later versions of the F-450 can even tow 31,200 pounds, which puts us in the territory of needing a commercial driver’s license. Calling these trucks “Super Duty” is no hollow boast on Ford’s part.
Photo 2/34   |   Truck Trend Pre Owned 2011 2016 Ford F Series Super Duty Dually
The possible permutations of engine, cab, bed, and equipment are many and varied. But here are the basics. The regular cab is a two-door and seats up to three occupants; the longer SuperCab adds two small rear-hinged back doors, plus seating for up to six. The crew cab has four fullsize doors and also has accommodation for up to six occupants. Bed sizes are 6.8 feet and 8.2 feet; the regular cab comes only with the longer bed, some of the higher trims are only available in crew form. The F-350 also comes with the option of a dual-wheel rear axle when paired with the longer bed.
The default engine is a 6.2L V-8 that runs on gasoline or E85. It makes 385 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. The highly recommended option is a 6.7L V-8 Power Stroke turbodiesel. At first, it developed 400 hp and a remarkable 800 lb-ft of torque. It was boosted for the ’15 model year to 440 hp and 860 lb-ft, and Ford offered a free upgrade to owners with the earlier specification. The F-450 is also available with a 6.8L gasoline V-10 making 362 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque.
Photo 3/34   |   Truck Trend Pre Owned 2011 2016 Ford F Series Super Duty 4x4
Connected to each engine is a six-speed automatic transmission, which was a new unit when this generation of Super Duty made its debut. It offers manual gear selection and drives the rear wheels as standard or all four as an option.
Trim levels are XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum. The XL is about as basic as basic gets, with vinyl on the seats and floor, a radio with a couple of speakers, and manual windows. XLT is where it starts to get more civilized, with carpet on the floor and cloth upholstery, plus 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, and powered accessories.
Photo 4/34   |   Truck Trend Pre Owned 2011 2016 Ford F Series Super Duty
Among the many options are a snowplow attachment and, probably more popular, the FX4 off-road package for four-wheel-drive versions that includes an electronic locking rear differential, all-terrain tires, and a dedicated suspension setup.
We typically look at the prices of midrange pre-owned models, but assuming a Super Duty is intended for work, let’s study the slightly humbler XLT. This trim level is also eligible for several options.
A theoretical ’14 F-350 XLT crew cab with 50,000 miles, the diesel engine, a longbed, and four-wheel drive, in good condition and bought from a private seller is blue-booked at $36,473. A similar Ram 3500 SLT is rated at $36,079, but a Chevy Silverado enjoys the best resale values with $39,687 for a 3500 LT. Buying the most recent model the budget allows means that the truck has already taken its biggest depreciation hit while not having suffered such a tough working life as some of the older examples.
2011-2016 Ford F-Series Super Duty
Body type: 2-door/4-door pickup
Drivetrain: Front engine, RWD/4WD
Airbags: Driver, front passenger; side curtain in SuperCab and crew
Engine: 6.2/385hp SOHC V-8; 6.8/362hp SOHC V-10; 6.7/400hp turbodiesel V-8 (’11-’14), 440 hp (’15-’16)
Brakes, f/r: Disc, disc, ABS
Price range, whlsl/retail (KBB): $9,719/$15,713 (2011 F-250, regular cab, RWD XL longbed 6.2 V-8), $53,796/$62,157 (2016 F-450 crew cab, 4WD Platinum longbed 6.7 V-8)
NHTSA frontal impact rating, driver/fr pass: four stars/four stars (F-250)

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