- Superlative power
- Luxury-level comfort
- Impressive available tech
- Automatic emergency braking on XLT and higher
- Not fuel-efficient
- Not cheap
- Not easily parkable
- Not many buyers care about any of the above
The 2020 Ford Super Duty has a kingdom to protect among heavy-duty competitors from Ram and Chevrolet.
Ford’s venerable workhorse heavy-duty pickup truck gets a fresh face this year to compete with newer rivals from Ram and General Motors.
With the 2020 Super Duty, Ford has a lineup of three-quarter and one-ton pickups that span an impressive range from work-ready tools to tony trucks tricked with tech, leather, and plentiful space for four adults.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty will go on sale in fall 2019 and will be offered in F-250 and F-350 specifications, the latter available in single- or dual-rear wheel configuration. F-450 pickups are available for even more hauling capability.
The Super Duty will be available in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims. Ford hasn't yet said how much it will cost, although we imagine it won't stray far from the current truck's entry price of roughly $35,000.
Ford Super Duty performance
The 2020 Ford Super Duty gets a new, optional 7.3-liter V-8 gas engine that’ll likely be the payload champ. An optional 6.7-liter turbodiesel is the towing champ among the Ford lineup; last year it was rated to tow up to 35,100 pounds in certain configurations. The 6.2-liter gas V-8 returns for 2020 and is standard on all trucks.
A 10-speed automatic transmission, which is new for this year, mates to all three engine options and drives the rear wheels as standard, or all four wheels when optionally equipped.
Ford hasn’t yet detailed power, payload, and towing specs for the three engines, but we expect competitive numbers with similar heavy-duty offerings from Ram and Chevrolet. Last year, the 6.2-liter V-8 made 385 horsepower and carried up to 7,680 pounds in the bed. The 6.7-liter turbodiesel was rated up to 925 pound-feet of torque, although the pickup arm’s race recently has boosted those figures for Ford and its competitors incrementally, year over year.
Ford says the new 7.3-liter V-8 uses an in-block, overhead cam and port fuel injection for heavy-duty applications. The engine may replace the nearly timeless, but old, Triton V-10 in other heavy-duty vehicles.
The Ford Super Duty uses a fully boxed steel frame that’s lighter than previous generations, but the truckmaker has spent most of its weight savings in beefed up suspension or tech in the big truck.
Ford Super Duty comfort, safety, and features
Three cab configurations, two bed lengths, and multiple trim levels spread the 2020 Super Duty lineup. Regular cab, extended cab, and four-door crew cabs offer varying comfort for between two and five adults. Crew cabs are the most popular and the most spacious. A 6-foot-4 bed and 8-foot bed are available on most cabs; regular cabs only do with 8-foot beds.
The new Super Duty is available in a broad number of trims and offer interior materials that range from wash-and-ready vinyl to soft nappa leather and real wood trim accents.
Ford offers blind-spot monitors, forward collision warnings, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings on the Super Duty, and for the first time this year, automatic emergency braking on XLT and higher trims.
XL-trimmed trucks are designed for work. They feature 17-inch wheels, vinyl seats, and a radio with four speakers. XLT adds 18-inch wheels, a touchscreen for infotainment, automatic emergency braking, and chrome bumpers. At the top, Limited trucks are trimmed with leather seats, a moonroof, ash wood trim, wireless smartphone charger, a suede headliner, and a heated steering wheel.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty pickup goes on sale in the fall.