Plain and Simple, 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Can Tow More

By Ford Social Member

When you’re the leader, your competitors are always aiming to overtake you. And their goals can be pretty easy to set; just a bit higher than your current performance. Beginning this week, the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty® will regain its towing leadership with the production of a beefed-up frame and hitch.

Ford F-350 and F-450 Super Duty trucks with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke® V-8 diesel engine and dual rear wheels now can tow an industry-best 17,500 pounds. That’s 1,000 pounds more than the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 4x2 and 500 pounds more than the Silverado and Sierra 4x4.

Furthermore, the latest improvements arrive at a time when its customer satisfaction score – 83 percent – is the best in the industry for heavy-duty trucks; and when market share for the Super Duty is the highest in a decade. Another way of saying that is that people who buy the Super Duty really like it, and more people buy Super Duty trucks than any of the competing models.

“Super Duty stays on top because of our ongoing engineering work and analysis of extensive field data,” said Rob Stevens, chief engineer of the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty. “We keep pushing to deliver the best-in-class attributes our customers demand.”

Higher-strength steel in a frame crossmember and an upgraded trailer hitch give the truck the additional towing capacity.  Additionally, these actions boosted the F-350 DRW 4x2 pickup maximum payload to 7,070 pounds and maximum fifth-wheel towing to 22,600 pounds, each best-in-class ratings by 435 pounds and 900 pounds, respectively.

The hardware upgrades to the Super Duty complement software upgrades to the powertrain control system of the new Ford-engineered 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbocharged diesel to make towing even easier.

The Power Stroke delivers best-in-class 800 lb.-ft. of torque and 400 horsepower. In an industry-first customer loyalty program, Ford provided the power upgrades free of charge to all “first-in” buyers of the 2011 Super Duty diesel pickup.

Super Duty customer satisfaction with the overall quality tops all competitors with a rating of 83 percent. That compares with 77 percent for the comparable Ram and 73 percent for the comparable Chevrolet trucks. The quality ratings are according to the 2010 Global Quality Research Survey conducted by RDA Group of Bloomfield Hills., Mich., and commissioned by Ford.

The new Super Duty dominates the heavy-duty pickup segment with nearly 50 percent of total heavy-duty sales, an increase in market share of 4 percentage points over the same period last year and its highest share since 2001. This is according to a Ford analysis of registration data by R.L. Polk.

Furthermore, Super Duty accounted for 80 percent of the heavy duty’s segment growth last year. In 2010 the segment was up 17 percent over 2009.

Ford F-Series is the best-selling and most-awarded pickup truck (for 34 years straight) and best-selling vehicle (for 29 years straight) in America.

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Evan Wilbanks 03/02/2011
My family has owned just about every brand on the market everything they have owned, other than Ford products, have been garbage. The worst being a Volkswagon Jetta. Terrible build quality. I'm now on my 3rd Ford Truck, 2000 F150 5.4 Lariat 4x4. I've had to replace the Tranny but I've got 168K on it and the motor is still running strong. Gas mileage has detriorated a bit, but it's still a solid truck. Next Ford will be a F250 6.7 or the new F150 with the 3.5 Ecoboost V6. The new ones are a bit pricey, may wait a year or two and buy a used one. Keep it up! Ford the Best Never Rest! Chevy.... Like a Rock.... it hardly ever moves.
Anthony Gonzalez 02/11/2011
I have a 2002 f250 7.3 L with 170,000 miles and it runs just like it did when i bought in 2004
Rich 02/08/2011
The best just keeps getting better. Why would anyone choose anything else?
Jacob Nikolas Aaron Mirlin 02/07/2011
I've seen waaaayyyy to many chevys on the side of the road at 100-150,000k to actually want to go out and buy one
Seen wwwwaaaayyy to many fords on the road, so I'm buying a superduty
Ford power
Nuff said
John Harbison 02/07/2011
My 2000 f350 with a 7.3 has 363,000 miles and still runs great
Michael Esposito 02/07/2011
Gotta love it. Got my ranger, still runs like a clock! Its ford or nothing baby!
Daniel TheHessian Schmidt 02/07/2011
lol ! Kevin holden, your a Ford fan yet your main competitor 'holden' which is the Australian branch of Chev is in ur name. haha
Daniel TheHessian Schmidt 02/07/2011
8 ton towing. is there any more sources to back that up ?thats how much a regular 'truck' tows, although the F series wont last 3 million kms.
Cesar Angulo 02/07/2011
Love my f150,ford is the best!
Michael Price 02/07/2011
Jay, I have a 2000 F150 5.4 195000 miles Origianal Transmission and Engine!
Kevin Holden 02/07/2011
Might as well give abother software upgrade to totaly dominate the competition. Bump the turbo psi, shifting, timing, etc... at least give these guys another 50hp and 100ft lb. Make sure there is only 1 choice period.... a Ford.
Cory L Frakes 02/07/2011
Chevy needs to stop copying ford with that eco engine we all know ford had there's first v-6
Mariemma Yousey 02/07/2011
Love my F150!!!!!
Robert 02/07/2011
And this is the truth as opposed to a bunch of lies.
Graham Mc Loughlin 02/07/2011
Its so cool
Brian Scharf 02/07/2011
before my fords i have 11 chevy/gmc and i will never go back
Waqas Khan 02/07/2011
like this
Brian Scharf 02/07/2011
i've run an 04 f250 6.0 with a 6spd, overloaded the truck, weighed in at 13,200 as every day. towed with certified CAT scale weight tickets in excess of 24klb as a tow behind (not fifth no goose) to and from NJ to FL many times. I had 185k miles on the truck, NEVER a problem with the truck.

had to replace the door seal gasket, and no regular PM. LOVED the truck

Currently running an 08 F350 SRW Diesel. 60k miles, no problems yet.
I also pulled a 53' sleeper cab TT out of the mud, the weight of that truck was 53800 lbs.
Stuart Erickson II 02/07/2011
My old worn out 1997 F 350 still out works newer chevys and dodges, and its only a 5.8 ltr. Gasser. Built Ford Tough!
Jeremy George Dawson 02/07/2011
Chevy runs debt!
Jay Hamill 02/07/2011
I'm not worried about a few towing pounds here and there... My concern is 200,000 miles down the road, how many transmissions will I be going through?
Bren Balzarini 02/07/2011
Yeh that diesel power mag said the Silverado pulled better then the 6.7 Superduty. I had my doubts!!
Steven Barbour 02/07/2011
Got a little ranger and it does good but next truck will be a 250 powerstroke for sure
Vivian Housley 02/07/2011
got one love it
Adam M Hamby 02/07/2011
And the funny thing is Chevy says they can tow more...They will always be behind. Go Ford!!!
Terry Hansmeier 02/07/2011
When you think workhorse for a truck, is there anything else than a superduty????
Kevin Brandon Conneen 02/07/2011
That is Ford for you, always improving! Good job on an excellent truck!