Today’s Feature: Ford F-450


With plenty of power, immense torque, modern equipment and proven workhorse credentials, the F-450 is a great addition to anyone who needs powerful and practical transportation. Be it towing, hauling, carrying passengers, or crossing roads rarely taken, the F-450 does it all with ease.

Design of the Ford F-450

There isn’t really much to say about the exterior design of the F-450. It is massive, reassuring, boxy and, frankly, a bit scary if you are looking at it from a regular car as it is approaching you. The grille and headlights continue the boxy, rectangular note.

Even the side mirrors are huge, which is both great for the design and practical when towing something large. One of the rear features that break the boxy look is the wheel arches which bulge out noticeably.

Interior of the Ford F-450

Understandably for a vehicle of such size, the cabin is spacious and also very practical and filled with safety and comfort features. Of course, they vary through different trim levels, but even the entry level model is definitely an up-to-date offer. You can find out more about this in our section on trim levels of the Ford F-450.

Design of the interior is a great mix of practicality, reassuringly massive features, spaciousness, and high-quality materials. The central console is very wide and practical while dashboard controls are easy to operate even with gloves on. This means that they are large, well-positioned and that they give great feedback, so that you know what you’ve done even without looking at the controls. Loads of physical buttons and knobs make this even easier.

The loading bed is not the only place where you can put things. In fact, it can be reserved for bulkier loads, since there are plenty of storage spaces around the cabin. Aside from the bins, shelves, pockets and cup holders, you also get an additional storage area under the rear seats that is as wide as the F-450’s cabin.

The Sync 3 interface is intuitive and very easy to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard.

Engines and Drive of the Ford F-450

The engine in the F-450 is a 6.7 l V8 turbo diesel with 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque! This kind of twisting force puts incredible strain on the gearbox, but the TorqShift 6-speed automatic does an amazing job both in low load conditions and when the F-450 is throwing all that it has on it.

The engine delivers push with ease, just a portion of a second after you press the pedal, giving the turbo some time to spool up. That portion of a second later and an overwhelming delivery of torque gives immense confidence. You can definitely rely on this engine and gearbox to do all you need in tough working conditions, everyday driving, and off-roading.

Braking and steering also inspire confidence. Brakes are capable of stopping the huge body and they are very predictable. You only need a few moments behind the wheel to develop a very precise feel of the force you need to apply for suitable braking results. Adaptive steering changes the amount of feedback and weight to match the driving conditions perfectly. When cruising the steering is light and unobtrusive. Start cornering heavily and the steering adds both weight and feedback to give you more accurate control of the vehicle.

The F-450 is very comfortable. Even when loaded to the brim, the F-450’s capable suspension gives a very comfy ride even for very long trips. Other than its suitability for work, this makes it perfect for adventurous families who can travel in complete comfort and still haul and tow loads of adventure equipment and vehicles.

However, it’s not just about the equipment. The cabin is well isolated from outside noise and the seats are very supportive and comfortable. We expected more wind noise from this kind of a body and definitely more of an engine note from a V8 diesel, but both of these are kept under control perfectly.

Trim levels, again, greatly affect available equipment, but it is worth noting that the F-450 has some features essential for a vehicle of this size, such as blind spot monitoring that you can program to match the length of the trailer you are towing, or a rearview camera that you can easily mount at the back of your trailer and connect to the infotainment screen. Both of these are very important for a vehicle that is very long on its own and also has enough power and torque to tow trailers of almost any size.

More great features are reserved for towing and hauling, since the truck can tow up to 15,400 kg with a gooseneck hitch or 9,500 kg without it.

Trim Levels for the Ford F-450

There are six trim levels to choose from – XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited.

The XL kicks off the range with dual 377-amp alternators, power brakes with ABS and hydro-boost, roll stability control, trailer sway control, engine block heater, fuel tank with the capacity of 181 l, heavy-duty gas shock absorbers, stationary elevated idle control, power steering, integrated trailer brake controller, electronic shift-on-the-fly 4WD system, upgraded engine-exhaust braking, 19.5 forged polished aluminum wheels, 4-ton hydraulic jack, manual air conditioning, rapid-heat additional cab heater, dash top tray, black vinyl floor cover, 2.3” productivity screen for the instrument cluster, dual map lights, two 12V power points for the front and one for the rear, electrochromatic rearview mirror, secondary glove box, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, vinyl seats, rearview camera on the tailgate, MyKey and loads of optional packs.

Optional features for the XL include live drive power takeoff, gooseneck hitch kit and 5th wheel hitch kit, cruise control, 110V 400W power point, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, trailer coverage, reverse sensing system, audio controls on the steering wheel, SYNC, SYNC 3, cloth seats, remote keyless entry, stop lamp camera and advanced security pack.

The XLT adds cruise control as standard, colour carpet, 4.2” productivity screen for the instrument cluster, audio controls on the steering wheel, lockable under-seat storage box, SYNC, luxury cloth seats, remote keyless entry and advanced security pack to the standard features from the XL.

Optional features for the XLT include the ones of the XL and power adjustable pedals, all-weather floor mats, one more power point in the media bin, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, trailer coverage, remote start system, Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with 360 Camera and rear CHMSL camera, voice activated navigation, SYNC 3 and stop lamp camera.

Step up to the Lariat and it greatly increases the previously mentioned perks with automatic dual-zone air conditioning, power adjustable pedals with memory function, 8” productivity screen for the instrument panel, additional power point in the media bin, 110V 400W power point, reverse sensing system, leather wrapped steering wheel, universal garage door opener, Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, SYNC 3, premium leather seats, 10-way power seats with memory for the driver and passengers and heated and cooled front seats.

Optional for the Lariat are blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, trailer coverage, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, adaptive front steering system, remote start, Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with 360 Camera and rear CHMSL camera, lane keep assist, moon roof, voice activated navigation and stop lamp camera.

The King Ranch adds standard features such as blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert with trailer coverage, remote start, unique mesa brown King Ranch leather wrapped steering wheel and front seat leather seating surfaces, heated steering wheel, voice-activated navigation, heated rear seats, quad beam LED headlights and remote tailgate release.

It also has optional additions such as live drive power takeoff, gooseneck hitch kit and 5th wheel hitch kit, premium black vinyl for the floor covering and adaptive front steering.

The Platinum is just a notch under the top trim level with adaptive front steering as standard, unique Platinum leather seating surfaces, body colour bumpers for the front and rear, power-deployable running boards, body colour door handles with chrome pull handles and satin chrome grille.

Optional features for the Platinum include drive power takeoff, upfitter switches, gooseneck hitch kit and 5th wheel hitch kit and premium black vinyl for the floor covering.

Lastly, the Limited packs all of the standard features from above and adds adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, upfitter switches, ultimate trailer tow camera system with a 360 camera and centre high mounted stop lamp camera, lane keep assist, moon roof, unique leather seats and unique satin chrome grille.

Additionally, any of the trim levels can be enhanced by a great number of optional features, so it is possible to get some advanced features even on lower trims.

The F-450 is a true workhorse, but has advanced luxury features, so you’ll be happy no matter what you’re looking for. Come into Strathmore Ford at 1040 Westridge Road, give us a call at (403) 934-2100, or book a test drive online today.

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