When it comes to pickup trucks, one of the defining features of the class is strength. Competitors are always striving to outdo each other when it comes to toughness and capability. That’s why it’s so significant that Ford has claimed bragging rights for having the truck with the highest towing capacity in the entire pickup truck market in its lineup. For 2017, F-450 towing capacity gets a big boost, putting it a step above competing nameplates.
The Ford F-450 Super Duty is the largest truck in Ford’s best-selling F-Series family of pickups. The 2016 model had a towing capacity of 31,200 pounds. The upcoming 2017 model? Advances in design and engineering give the latest F-450 a power boost of 1,300 pounds, bringing its maximum towing capacity to 32,500 pounds total. The former segment champ, the Ram 3500, falls behind the F-450 with its 31,210-pound towing capacity.
This incredible stride forward in towing capacity is the result of two changes to the design and powertrain. One, the hitch is connected to the middle of truck’s cargo box. Two, the F-450 now hides a 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine that cranks out 925 lb-ft of torque under its hood. With those improvements, F-450 towing capacity was able to rocket past competitors to the top.