2012 Ford Super Duty

The 2012 Ford Super Duty is a top ranking heavy duty pickup truck that delivers the most power and the utmost comfort in its class.

A small number of people that relies on torque and towing capabilities know what they need.

They know that the Ford Super Duty can deliver.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: HD Truck Base Price: $29,455.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 35 gallons (132 liters) MPG: NA
Dimensions
Length: 227.6 in. (578 cm) Wheel Base: 137 in. (347.9 cm)
Height: 79.2 in. (201.2 cm) Width: 79.9 in. (202.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 5886 lbs (2669 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.5 in. (21.5 cm)
Cargo Capacity: 77.3 cu ft Maximum Seating: 3 people
Performance
Engine: 6.2L SOHC V8 Compression Ratio: 9.8: 1
Horsepower: 385 HP Max RPM: 5500 RPM
Torque: 405 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic
Max Towing Capacity: 12,500 lbs (5670 kgs) Maximum Speed: NA
Available Trims & Engine
Option:F250 XLT MSRP: $33,130; MPG: NA
Option:F250 Lariat MSRP: $40,265; MPG: NA
Option:F250 King Ranch MSRP: $47,575; MPG: NA
Option:F350 XL MSRP: $30,555; MPG: NA
Option:F350 XLT MSRP: $34,565; MPG: NA
Option:F350 Lariat MSRP: $41,665; MPG: NA
Option:F350 King Ranch MSRP: $48,745; MPG: NA
Option:F450 XL MSRP: $49,395; MPG: NA
Option:F450 XLT MSRP: $53,645; MPG: NA
Option:F450 Lariat MSRP: $59,050; MPG: NA
Option:F450 King Ranch MSRP: $64,030; MPG: NA

Engine

The Super Duty has two engine options. First is the V8 6.2 liter engine that delivers 385 horsepower and 405 lbs/ft of torque. Second is the 6.7 liter V8 turbo-diesel that brings 400 horsepower and an astounding 800 lbs/ft of torque.
These two engines are both paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission that has a manual mode to cater to your towing needs. Fuel consumption ratings for both engines are yet to be measured. But knowing Super Duty by looking at its power, we can easily understand that it gulps more fuel that can be expected.

Performance

If there is one drawback to the Super Duty, it is power. The engine is too strong for small errands and short distance travels. It is difficult to ride around town. But if you need to tow and haul heavy loads, not much should be said. The Super Duty performs this duty well.

Interior

The interior of the Super Duty is, without a doubt, user friendly. It has Ford's proprietary technology called the Work Solutions in-dash computer which other reviewers praised for functionality.

The Super Duty also has a program called Crew Chief which lets the leader track the fleet. It has a mobile WiFi hotspot and even a printer.

Regular Cab models can seat up to three persons and the Crew Cab can accommodate five. Even beefy adults can sit comfortably in the spacious cabin. The Lariat and King Ranch models offer leather seats, and a 10 way cooled and heated adjustable seats. Although the truck is very strong, it can still provide a soft side that can suit the truck driver's soul for long rides.

Folding the rear seats will give truck owners 58.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Behind the front row seats is the additional 39.5 cubic feet. Select models feature underseat compartments that can be locked to store valuables or hunting gears.

Safety

The weight and the price of the Super Duty prevent the authorities to crash test the truck. Nevertheless, it features all the standard safety features. It has six air bags, trailer sway control, anti lock brakes, and the SOS Post Crash Alert System.

The Super Duty also has rear view camera towing mirrors, and the rear parking assist. Also, the outward visibility is as good as it can get for a heavy duty truck.

Reliability

The Super Duty comes with a standard 3-year warranty and a 5-year powertrain warranty. The powertrain warranty for the Powerstroke diesel engine is extended to 60,000 miles.

Pros

The Super Duty has refined handling, high-tech features and adequate power.

Cons

The size of the Super Duty makes it slow when it comes to steering. The Super Duty is not suitable for small errands around town.

Verdict

Although there are other heavy duty trucks to consider, serious truck owners will never go wrong with the 2012 Ford Super Duty.

Competition

There are few heavy duty trucks that can match up with the Super Duty, they include Chevy’s Silverado 2500 (MSRP $32,205), and the GMC Sierra (MSRP $32,620); not to mention the Ram 3500 (MSRP $32,140).

Overall Rating
69 out of 100

What others say:

“Steering feel is a bit numb on center, but in general, it's responsive enough. Handling is decent overall given these big rigs' overall size. Naturally, close-quarters maneuverability is not a strong point, requiring drivers to carefully survey the surrounding environment before attempting any such moves.”Consumer Guide

“All the big HD trucks can tow and haul heavy loads, and the Super Duty is no exception. But, beyond its workhorse credentials the 2012 Ford Super Duty offers an impressive array of comfort and technology features aimed at maximizing efficiency on the open road and at the job site.”KBB

“Choice of many configurations and trim levels; little features and details helpful to traditional and eclectic owners; strong towing and payload capacities.”Edmunds