The 2017 has substantially beefed-up underpinnings, a more powerful turbodiesel engine and a larger crew cab than the 2016.
The 2017 has a significantly larger fully boxed frame that's made of 95 percent high-strength steel. The 2017 hitch receiver is better integrated into the frame compared to the 2016, making it possible to tow conventional trailers up to 21,000 pounds without using a weight-distributing hitch.
The 2017 F-450's turbocharged 6.7-liter diesel V8 makes 440 hp and 925 ft-lbs vs 440 hp and 860 ft-lbs for the 2016. The 2017 has all-aluminum body panels to reduce the truck's weight, and larger crew-cab dimensions taken from the F-150 make for a larger, more comfortable interior.
The list of available technology new to the 2017 includes several new features, including LED headlights and foglights and adaptive cruise control. Towing-related technologies include an updated blind-spot monitoring system that can cover the length of the trailer, a seven-camera system that gives a 360-degree view of the truck's surroundings, a second rearview camera that greatly simplifies fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailer hookup, an integrated trailer tire-pressure monitoring system, and a backup camera that can be affixed to the tail of the trailer.
The 2017 Super Duty's road manners have improved compared to the 2016. The stiffer frame and revised suspension tuning combine to deliver more confidence-inspiring handling and a somewhat smoother unladen ride than that of the 2016.
What really sets the 2017 Super Duty apart from the 2016 is its technology. The Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System includes a front camera with a 180-degree field of view that can come in very handy when pulling out of a street or driveway where visibility is limited. Two rearview cameras make hooking up fifth-wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers a straightforward process, and four additional cameras provide a 360-degree top-down view of the truck and its surroundings that can be extremely useful in maneuvering in close quarters.
As far as the bed goes, the 2017 F-450 uses aluminum that is both 20 percent thicker than that used in the F-150 and backed by beefier crossmembers designed to stand up to more rugged use.
2001 F350 XLT 4X4 crew cab, dual rear wheels, long bed, black, 7.3l turbo diesel, automatic transmission, 4.10, shift on the fly, running boards, sliding rear window, 38 gal fuel tank, Odyssey extreme 65-PC1750T batteries, Michelin LTX-MS2 rear tires, Sumitomo Encounter front tires, Shell Rotella Ultra elc, 11,500 gvwr, 20,000 gcwr, 7500 gvw, completely stock, 114,000 miles when purchased, now has 250,000 miles, repairs so far: two starters, batteries, cps, brakes, tires, alternator, ball joints, locking hub, wheel hub, AC compressor, serpentine belt, power steering pump, driver's side window, ignition switch, o-ring, Spectra premium radiator, water pump, fan clutch, fan blades, thermostat, thermostat housing, tensioner. Stolen twice so far, but recovered both times with major damage.
2005 Nomad Rampage toyhauler made by Skyline. 11,500lb gvwr.