Hands-on With A 2011 Ford F450 4x4 Dually

Posted: Dec 2 2010, 1:49pm CST | by , in Reviews | Cars & Vehicles

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A week with the biggest truck this side of a Kenworth

Today I am going to talk about a Ford truck that I drove for the past week. The truck is a 2011 F450 4x4 Crew Cab Style Side Dually. This is the biggest truck I have ever driven and it was very nice. The truck was totally loaded out with everything you could get from a sunroof and navigation to the King Ranch package and more. The vehicle stickered at a jaw dropping $68,675 with all the options installed.

The massive engine inside the beast was a 6.7L diesel V8 engine coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Like all of the other diesels that I have driven from Ford, the power and torque from the beast was very impressive. You have to see one of these trucks in person to really get an idea of how large the vehicle is. The dual rear wheels make the truck only about a foot narrower than you average lane in my area.

Despite the fact that the truck was so huge, it was able to accelerate faster and felt quicker than anything this side of the Mustangs I have reviewed. The diesel engine is loud, when the Ford guys pulled up in the driveway I though t it was the trash truck that handles my neighborhood showing up early. Inside the vehicle, the engine can be heard, but it is surprisingly quiet.

The massive F450 and its off-road suspension mean that the rig can get a bit rough with nothing in the truck but you and three other people. I drove the truck around with my family over the weekend and we did lots of shopping. It was a bit harrowing getting the truck in and out of the packed mall parking lots without taking up two parking spaces. I used to call people that parked in two places names under my breath. I now realize that these trucks simply don’t fit into a normal parking place.

Despite the big size and my worry about driving the truck on narrow roads and in tight parking lots, it handled surprisingly well given the heft of the vehicle. The interior is beyond spacious and nice with the King Ranch package. Open the doors to the truck and you can smell the leather before you sit on it. The truck looks like the inside of a high-end saddle shop with soft and supple tan leather offset with khaki and black trim. This is one seriously good looking truck.

If you have a lot of people you need to take with you, there is plenty of room inside. The back seat could hold three people with plenty of room to spare and the legroom in the back seats is plenty even if the passengers are very tall. The truck is very comfortable too with heated seats and remote starting. It has switches built-in that will handle extras like more lights and things. It also had a spray in bed liner and a cool cable lock to prevent someone from stealing the stuff in your bed.

The truck was even ready for a fifth wheel, and you had better believe that this thing has the power to pull a large fifth wheel or a trailer full or livestock. Other niceties inside the truck include a visor mirror that will open your garage door and two other compatible devices. The truck had the Ford navigation system, which is one of the best in the automotive market with great screen resolution and accurate maps.

The F450 also has the Ford Sync voice activated system inside. I love Sync and have it on my Mustang. Pairing the system to my iPhone took only a few minutes and the Sync system recognizes a bunch of commands and will call people using your voice if you download your phonebook.

The truck drove surprisingly well and was comfortable on the highway and around town. The steering is accurate, but requires a lot more input from a person used to a Mustang when you are making turns. One thing that I was a bit surprised by with a truck packed with so much tech is that the 4x4 is not touch button activated. You have to get out of the truck and lock the hubs manually.

I mentioned earlier that the truck could be rough on the highway in some instances. The ride got a bit rough on the highway on square edged potholes and the truck was harsh on roads with thick expansion joints. On a smoother road, it rode very well and even when harsh it wasn't teeth jarring or uncomfortable. You have to remember this is no luxury car. This is a high-end dream truck for anyone that likes big 4x4 trucks.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Tech and Car expert Shane McGlaun (Google) reports about what's new in these two sectors. His extensive experience in testing cars, computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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