When it comes to choosing a pickup truck, nothing’s more helpful than knowing exactly what you want. Here, we’ll help you review your favorite trucks right down to the trim level, starting with the 2018 Ford Super Duty F-450 DRW XL.
Shoppers across Crystal River, York, and Daytona may be intrigued by this truck’s performance, features, and capabilities, and we’ll give you a close look at all three. Contact us at Ford of Ocala when you’re ready to learn more!
2018 F-450 XL: Engine Specifications
So, what’s powering the 2018 F-450 XL to greatness? Under the hood, you’ll find a 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 turbodiesel engine paired with a TorqShift® heavy-duty 6-speed SelectShift™ automatic transmission. The engine uses a unique inverse-flow configuration for faster air displacement and more power.
How much power? The F-450 XL cranks out 450 horsepower and a massive 935 lb-ft of torque. As you may guess, all that torque comes in handy for towing and helps this truck reach some truly impressive towing capacities:
- Max Conventional Towing: 21,000 pounds
- Max 5th-Wheel Towing: 27,500 pounds
- Max Gooseneck Towing: 34,000 pounds
When you need to tow a trailer loaded with heavy construction equipment, several bales of hay, or pallets of concrete blocks, you’ll have more than enough support from the little guy under the hood.
Bold Exterior Features
The front fascia of the F-450 XL dominates in a way few others do, with its double-barred grille, bookended by C-shaped headlamps, which accommodate upper and lower lights. These lamps provide both low- and high-beam options with exceptional light output.
In fact, the combined four low beams produce more light than the high beams on the previous Super Duty model, so you can see better and farther ahead when you’re out driving at night.
All told, this truck can haul up to 5,630 pounds in the pickup bed. You’ll find plenty of available features designed to make hauling easier, including:
- BoxLink™, with structurally reinforced box sides for tying down all kinds of cargo.
- LED Box Lighting, so you can load and unload under cover of darkness with ease.
- Tailgate Step with Tailgate Assist™, so you can access all the payload this truck carries.
A Durable Truck for the Long Haul
The 2018 F-450 XL stands out for its durability in several ways. For one, its body is constructed from high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy, which is lighter than the previous body and the steel commonly used for truck bodies. It’s also more resistant to dings, dents, and red rust corrosion.
A fully boxed high-strength steel frame is 24 times stiffer than the previous frame. It’s designed to keep flexing and twisting to a minimum, while enhance strength, torsional rigidity, and, indeed, the towing and payload ratings.
With standard AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ and Trailer Sway Control, you’ll be in for a more controlled ride. Both systems use gyroscopic sensors to detect stability issues, so selective braking and engine power reduction can help keep your ride stable.
Test Drive the 2018 Ford Super Duty F-450 DRW XL Today!
We want to give shoppers across Crystal River, York, and Daytona all the information they need to choose the heavy-duty pickup truck that’s ideal for them. Now that you’ve read our 2018 Ford Super Duty F-450 DRW XL review, what do you think?
If you’d like to see this brawny truck up close, schedule a test drive at Ford of Ocala. We’re happy to help shoppers across the region learn all about this impressive towing and hauling machine!