Ford Super Duty Reclaims Best-in-Class Tow Ratings

Huw Evans
by Huw Evans
The 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty not only has the most towing capability, it features a wide array of technologies and conveniences such as Trailer Sway Control to help drivers tow more confidently. (05/13/2010)

Since they both debuted updated heavy-duty pickups for the 2011 model year, Ford and General Motors have been locked in a battle for supremacy – who has the highest tow capacity ratings?

Now, Ford is set to reclaim bragging rights, thanks to towing hardware upgrades, designed to complement changes made to the Super Duty’s frame last year, namely higher strength crossmembers. Along with an increase in power and torque on the PowerStroke 6.7-liter turbo diesel, up to 400-hp and 800 lb-ft; Ford spokeswoman Anne-Marie Gattari said the F-340 and F-450 can now pull up to 17,500 lbs of weight, just using their ball hitches (GM by contrast rates their trucks at a maximum of 16,500 lbs – 17,000 in 4×4 configuration).

In addition, the F-Series Super Duty also boasts the highest payload capacity (7,070 lbs) and fifth wheel towing capacity of 22,600 lbs (24,500 for the F-450).

However, when it comes to pulling conventional trailers, Ford’s weight carrying hitches are still limited to 8,000 lbs, beyond that, the trucks will require a weight distribution hitch which places a tongue weight on the ball to more evenly distribute the load between the truck’s frame and the trailer.

GM’s HD trucks, by contrast, only require a weight carrying hitch to pull trailers at their maximum load capacity.

Given the announcement by Ford, it will be interesting to see how GM and possibly Ram respond to the Blue Oval’s latest claim.

[Source: Pickup]

Read AutoGuide’s 2011 Ford F-Series Super Duty Review Here

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  • Mike Furman Mike Furman on Feb 05, 2011

    So this is after the beatdown my home team received from the GM entry during the "Rumble in the Rockies" event hosted by Has anything been done about exhaust brake programming or high altitude turbo boost that was evidently insufficient?

  • MWatts MWatts on Feb 06, 2011

    Seems to me the engine upgrade in power is the same which leads me to believe this information is out of date. Towing numbers still look the same to me. So were in 2011 and being fed leftovers???