When Ford Motor Company talks about their most capable truck in terms of maximum towing levels, they use the figures for the new Ford F-450. The powerful truck will tow a whopping 32,500 pounds with the fifth wheel connection. This creates some controversy from other automakers and their fans. They insist that the F-450 shouldn’t be included in the class 4 truck discussion. Class 4 is typically comprised of the Ford F-150, F-250, F-350, the Ram 1500, 2500, 3500 and the GM 1500, 2500 and 3500 trucks.
Meanwhile, class 5 from Ram and GM includes these automakers’ 4500 series trucks. However, class 5 is specifically for trucks with a GVWR of 14,001-16,000. Now, since the Ford F-450 has a GVWR of 14,000, it technically belongs in the class 4 discussion. Classification aside, we want to know how many people really shop the F-450 against (or rather than) the F-350. A properly equipped F-350 only compromises 1,200 pounds of towing capacity. But you can get into a comparably equipped F-350 for several thousand dollars less than the F-450. The number of F-350s and F-450s on the street is proof that the slightly “smaller” truck sells far better. For our “FTE Question of the Week,” however, we want to know how many people have considered an F-450 when shopping for a hard-working Ford Super Duty pickup. Of course, if you purchased an F-450 at some point, we would like to hear about that too.