2011 Ford Super Duty
2011 Ford Super Duty Review
This review was written when the 2011 Ford Super Duty was new.
The refreshed 2011 Ford Super Duty trucks are some of the most capable heavy duty trucks on the market. But if you don’t need over 12 tons of towing capacity, you may be better off choosing a full size or compact pickup truck instead.
The heavy duty pickup market is a stiffly competitive one, which is one reason why Ford refreshed the Super Duty for 2011. If you’re shopping for a heavy duty truck, you probably know that there are only four options: The (formerly Dodge) Ram Heavy Duty, the corporate twins Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD and the Ford Super Duty. The GM and Ram trucks were redesigned or heavily refreshed for 2011, and the race was on for Ford to reclaim the title of class leader. The automaker introduced a brand new gas V8 and a new Powerstroke turbocharged diesel engine that reclaimed the best-in-class title for towing and hauling capabilities. The rest of Ford’s efforts went into reducing noise, vibration and harshness from the engines, making what some reviewers say is the quietest set of engines in the class. "The engineers designed the engine layout to make it easier to manage noise and vibration, and the result of their work is an engine that is incredibly quiet; as has been the industry trend for the last couple of years, this is a modern diesel, one you can't hear from a distance and doesn't fill the cabin with noise,” writes Motor Trend.
Some reviewers complain that most of Ford’s budget for the F-Series refresh went into the powertrain, leaving precious little time and money left to improve the exterior and the interior. The base trim levels in all three Super Duty models – the F-250, F-350, and F-450 – are sparse, to say the least. They are covered in vinyl and hard plastics and only include the most basic standard features like manual air conditioning, driver and passenger grab handles, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. But upgrading to higher trims can get shoppers a leather-appointed interior with heated and cooled front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and Ford’s Work Solutions in-dash computer system, which reviewers absolutely love. Despite these fancy features, some reviewers think the interior is due for a complete redesign, saying it’s starting to look a little dated.
Overall, reviewers agree that for consumers who need the utmost towing, hauling, and power from their work truck, the Ford Super Duty is the best choice, hands-down. Its smooth ride, powerful gas and diesel engines, and burly exterior lead Edmunds to say, "With an ideal mix of power, brawn and refinement, the 2011 Ford F-250 Super Duty is a top pick for a heavy-duty truck.”
Other Trucks to Consider
The Ford Super Duty may be the heaviest-duty work truck available, but other trucks offer better interior and exterior options. The Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn is widely regarded as having the best interior in the class, and is less expensive than the top-of-the-line Ford King Ranch trim. The four-wheel drive, Crew Cab Ford F-250 King Ranch starts at nearly $50,000, while a similarly-configured 4WD Ram 2500 Laramie Longhorn starts at about $48,000, about $2,000 less. Even though Ford has bragging right for its towing and hauling capabilities, and receives an abundance of praise for its Work Solutions system, the Ram Laramie Longhorn includes a heated leather steering wheel, remote start, and spray-in bedliner for less than the King Ranch does. So, if you’re willing to compromise a bit of heavy duty performance for a luxurious interior, the Ram Heavy Duty may be a better choice.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a no-nonsense workhorse that can handle most jobs and doesn’t has a simple, logical interior, the GM twins are worth a look. With regard to price, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD and GMC Sierra 2500 HD start in the middle of the heavy duty truck class, at about $28,500 and $28,000 respectively. Although neither can claim best-in-class towing or best-in-class interior, reviewers say they’re both more than capable for nearly anything you can throw at them, and have similar upscale features on higher trims that can compete with the top-of-the-line Ford King Ranch and Ram Laramie Longhorn.
Overall, reviewers are certain that it’s hard to make a bad choice in this small but extremely competitive class: A few hundred pounds of towing capability or one or two extra cup holders won’t make much of a difference.
The Ford Super Duty trucks are available with Regular, Super and Crew Cabs, in F-250, F-350 and F-450 configurations, with the option for single or dual rear wheels. For 2011, Ford has replaced its old engine options with new gas and diesel powerplants. The F-250 and F-350 come standard with Ford’s new gas-powered 6.2-liter V8. You can upgrade to the well-praised 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel V8 for about $8,000. The F-450 is only available with the Powerstroke diesel. Ford offers each Super Duty model in four trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch. The base XL offers basic standard features like air conditioning, driver and passenger grab handles, and vinyl seats. The premium King Ranch offers luxurious features that would be at home in an upscale sedan, like heated and cooled leather seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, and power adjustable pedals with memory.
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- "Long the HD segment leader, Ford again ups the ante and sets the standard for other HD trucks to emulate.” -- Four Wheeler
- "The new Super Duty’s combination of power, capability and refinement have once again raised the bar for the segment and at this juncture, it looks like GM and Ram have a bit of homework to do in order to match it.” -- AutoGuide.com
- "Right now, it's the best full-size pickup on the road; it's powerful, smart, comfortable, clean as a whistle and the same price as the outgoing models, but the Silverado HD is still in GM's quiver. It's got an all-new frame and chassis and fully upgraded Duramax. The final word in the heavy truck battles is still out, but Ford's certainly staked a very powerful claim.” -- Jalopnik
- "It seems these days, that at Ford, good enough really isn't. Not content to leave well enough alone, they have offered up a round of improvements on their already well-received line of Super Duty trucks that makes them more than ever a necessary piece of equipment. The end result is one that has fleet and general customers already clamoring for the latest and greatest.” -- Left Lane News
- "You don't have to skip to the end of this review to find out our opinion of Ford's 2011 F-Series Super Duty pickups. At this moment, there's no doubt that Ford has once again raised the bar to new levels of performance and productivity for heavy-duty pickups. The Super Duty continues to be the standard against which its competition will be measured. Read on and find out why.” -- PickupTrucks.com