Diamonds are the product of intense heat and pressure, forged in less-than-glamorous conditions. Rather than crumble from what other elements can't handle, the revered gemstone manifests itself with greater value than before. In the same way, the Ford Super Duty trucks recently emerged as diamonds in the rough - the family of trucks shined amongst a slew of vehicles to take Motor Trend's Truck of the Year award, which was decided after thorough testing and scrutiny.
As Scott Evans wrote for MotorTrend.com, "An Of The Year contest plays out one of three ways: There’s no clear winner right up to the end; there are two to three potential winners and a nail-biting vote; or there’s a clear winner early on and the rest becomes a coronation. In this year’s Truck of the Year competition, we knew by the halfway point which truck would win." Despite the competitive qualities of the other contenders, which included the Honda Ridgeline and the Nissan Titan, the Super Duties swept the title thanks to an aggregate of award-winning features. Evans added, "Indeed, the Fords’ ability to remain cool under our extreme pressure, regardless of the circumstances, made it all the more clear they deserved this award." See the trucks in action in the video below:
In regard to aesthetics, the Blue Oval's family of Super Duties struck the sweet spot with their eye-catching exteriors that took efficiency into account. Although the Super Duties are distinguishable from a distance, they put function front and center. Panels and lines are incorporated strategically and take the design a step forward, without leaving Ford's signature in the dust. The Super Duties also outperformed the Ram trucks with ease when compared for fuel efficiency; the Fords returned 11.0/16.4/12.9 mpg city/highway/combined versus 9.2/15/11.4 reported from the Rams. Considering that the Super Duties shine when it comes to brute physical labor - more than any other class of non-commercial vehicle - drivers are sure to flock to the Super Duties for their efficiency alone.
For those more concerned with how the Super Duties adapt to heavy loads, never fear. Even when filled to its 7,630-pound max payload capacity, the Duties perform well. The F-350 Super Duty, in particular, touts success that is attributable to its 925 lb-ft of torque, which causes the truck to start rolling forward at idle despite over 40,000 pounds of gross combined vehicle weight. Additional standout features include muscle from 14-inch rotors in the front and rear, as well as a strong exhaust brake.
The cherry on top of the Super Duty sundae is the variety of work-focused technologies, such as the ability to extend blind-spot detection, which Ford integrated to make trailering less of a stressful endeavor. The attention to detail for better usability shows and shines with the Super Duties, and Motor Trend took notice.
Motor Trend already anticipates the Ford Super Duties to raise the bar for other comparable vehicles. Take a drive in any of the Duties at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today and find out why the experts at Motor Trend are so confident in their assessment and prediction.