2017 Ford F350 Super Duty Lariat Diesel 4WD

A couple of years ago, Ford stood the truck world on its ear when the aluminum-bodied F-150 debuted. Now, the same weight-saving approach is found on the all-new aluminum F-350 Super Duty.

With an optional turbo diesel V8 and dual rear wheels, the wheelbase in the crew-cab version is a whopping 176 inches. Optional blind-spot radar comes in handy when backing such a long machine, and power telescoping mirrors keep an eye on the trailer.

A lighter-weight truck means more towing ability, and the F-350 leads its class; rated to tow 16-tons. The huge bed features an optional sprayed-in bed liner, lots of lighting, and a cargo tie-down system. Checking on cargo is easy with Ford’s optional step that’s built right into the tailgate.

The Lariat model is mid-equipped interior-wise, but our review truck is loaded with options including the largest moonroof I’ve ever seen. AC outlets are found on the dash and in row two.

The center console is massive. There’s also lots of lockable storage space under row two seats.

The 6.7-liter turbo diesel V8 provides amazing pulling power with 925 pound-feet of torque. Optional adaptive steering makes the F-350 drive much smaller than it is. When max towing is needed in max comfort, it’s hard to beat this.

For the 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty Lariat Diesel Four-Wheel Drive, I say thumbs up to the towing power, innovative features, and roomy interior; thumbs down to the price. The pre-production truck had no sticker, but it should be about $73,000.

I averaged about 15 miles per gallon.

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