And while the 5R110W's capabilities as a stout transmission have proven itself, the shear capability of producing high levels of horsepower out of the 6. But the usefulness of the featherweight effort was evident in both the tight city parking spaces and when backing our trailers—it's a real fatigue fighter. Ford offers three engine choices for work, play or any combination of the two. Heavy-duty diesel pickup trucks are the strongmen of the automotive world. Despite Toyota and Nissan's incursion into the half-ton pickup market, those who need serious towing and hauling capabilities still rely on the domestic manufacturers to supply them heavy-duty power, and no truck does it better than the 2010 Ford Super Duty.
And like Super Duties of the past, our truck came with unique features like the handy tailgate step, power extendable towing mirrors and even an electrically locking rear differential. If there's a commercial-duty job to be done in America, these trucks have the tools to do it. We'll start at the front, where Ford has located a front step bumper — under-the-hood checks are made easier when the step-stool is built-in and not something you need to carry with you. That means you can ease off the throttle with a heavy load and let the exhaust brake slow the rig—saving your brakes. And we were surprised that this truck isn't available with the security of traction or stability control systems.
Given the importance of towing capability to the Super Duty mission, the receiver is a standard feature any owner can appreciate. The interior of our Laramie's dash is trimmed in soft-touch material that looked very upscale. Better cooling means, of course, bigger towing. Discovering the 2010 Ford F-250 horsepower is a good start to figuring out the real power hiding under the hood of the vehicle. Those intending to tow with their 2010 Ford Super Duty trucks will appreciate Ford's factory-installed TowCommand System. And for those venturing off into the Great Unknown, an optional navigation system should get you there and — hopefully — back again.
In the new Super Duty the benchmark is moved upward in available choices, functionality and appointment. The Ford's throttle response is razor sharp and the torque is nearly instant on. Yes, some testers prefer steering with a bit more heft. Accessing the bed is made easier — and safer — by the why-didn't-they-think-of-this-before tailgate step option. Constituting some 40 percent of Ford's F-Series sales, the Super Duty is intended to secure the most profitable segment of the pickup market. The new Super Duty may not be the quickest here, but a truck is more than just a motor. The Sierra's bodywork may look just like last year's model, but under the skin, there's a new fully boxed frame, suspension and independent front suspension that's built to carry 25 percent more weight than last year's truck.
On the highway that steering does have a large dead spot on center, but, hey, this is a pickup truck, not a Porsche. Lariat and King Ranch owners will enjoy dual-zone climate control. Pampering aside, the Dodge is, in many ways, an honest old-school work truck. The ride quality of our 7800-pound Lariat was incredibly smooth over any terrain. Quieter and cleaner than its predecessors, the 6.
When compared to the last generation Super Duty, the grille and hood blister provide the main visual differentiation. These commissions help support our ability to spend time providing additional content. You won't have those scheduled emissions-related service costs. Credit the reworked Duramax diesel, which developed 367 hp and a Kenworth-crumbling 765 lb-ft of torque. There's a reason Ford owns 50 percent of the heavy-duty truck market.
Learning from problems with the 6. Yet away from the stopwatch, the two feel more evenly matched than the numbers suggest. But it was the Ford's mix of work-focused options and class-leading comfort that nudged it over the top. The upside for the truck owner? Trailer in tow, we evaluated each pickup on a 15 percent hill gradient test. But in this group, its level of civility, power and chassis refinement felt a half-step behind the competition. It's a good time to be a diesel fan. Numerous advancements came with this new transmission, most notably its transmission control module that has near complete control over the functions of the mechanical aspects of the transmission.
A version of the B-Series Cummins inline six has lived under the hood of every diesel Dodge pickup for the last 21 years. Aside from this, the engine's are relatively reliable and possess good, honest performance characteristics. This doesn't cost anything additional. There are three engines available with the 2010 Ford Super Duty F250: 5. Not bad for a 7700-pound truck.
And as always, if you need assistance in determining the correct parts for you, give us a call or send an e-mail to and we would be happy to help. So with a renewed optimism for the American pickup truck and freshly redesigned rigs in the marketplace, it was time to find out how these Motor City big boys stack up. And we dug the new Productivity Screen, a customizable system that provides checklists ranging from trailer and off-road setups to fuel-economy performance and the temperature of vital components. . As far as resale values, Ford's residuals trump both those of Chevrolet's and Dodge when compared over time.