Five Things Missing From the 2017 Super Duty

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Sure, the big news at the 2015 State Fair of Texas was the world debut of the 2017 Ford Super Duty, but we still have a few questions. The truck definitely looks better inside and underneath, which are really the only two places a heavy-duty pickup truck needs to improve, but we'd still like to see Ford consider a few more issues between now and the time these trucks hit dealerships (likely not until September or October 2016).

We know equipment like these take time to work their way into a new pickup, but its our guess that if these issues aren't considered pretty quickly Ford could be missing a great opportunity to strengthen its hold on the HD marketplace.


1. No Powertrain Upgrades?

We understand that creating a new aluminum-bodied pickup (and the build processes to support it) is a huge undertaking, but to leave the powertrains untouched except for a new gas-engine F-250 transmission seems risky. We hope there are powertrain advances for the 2018 model year.


2. Why Can't Blind Spot Systems Work On Trailers?

Although it started on the smaller cars, blind spot warning makes the most sense on the largest vehicles, like a one-ton dualie. If you can have the system on a Platinum Super Duty, why can't it be adapted onto a horse trailer so you can get the same effect behind the trailer? After all, it wasn't that long ago when manufacturers told us we couldn't have a camera on our trailer to help make backing up safer.


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3. Don't Side Cameras Make Large Mirrors Obsolete?

Large towing mirrors make sense if the only way to see behind you is with reflective imaging. But with Ford's advanced camera technology, why do we need big elephant ears hanging on both doors? The side-mirror cameras are tucked pretty tight to the doors, so why not just have some interior screens showing what's happening on the side of our pickups? We'd probably save a few mpgs without those flat wind screens on either side.


4. Why Not More Bed Innovations?

Offering the same bed changes to the Super Duty that we get in the popular F-150 is a good first step, but Super Duty bed users are different from half-ton bed users. Where's the extra storage space, access solutions or Super Duty-specific BoxLink accessories?


5. Why Isn't There a Smarter Exhaust Brake?

We like the fact that Ford relocated the exhaust brake button to the top of the center stack, but if we're getting a stronger pickup capable of handling heavier loads than the previous Super Duty, we need a more aggressive and smarter exhaust brake that will distinguish between loads, driving styles and maybe even upcoming road inclines. photos by Evan Sears


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Lou_bc, yes that's what it appears to be.

Not just clickbait. Williams is playing with the anti-Ford t/rolls, as he always does, to make them look like f/ools.

They were begging for an anti-Ford Super Duty post and got one. I never see Ford guys begging for an ati-Silverado post.

Soon the aluminum Super Duty will be tested in a mega shootout and the haters at GM and Fiat-Ram will be completely discredited.

But KPTT1, in his attempt to appear unbiased, he seems to have alienated and upset many of the ford loyalists that couldn't see through the farce (for whatever reason, I am not going to comment on the education level of most ford owners) :)

@Ray Ray - there isn't enough "journalism" going on here. Any press release or recall release should be checked into by PUTC and they should add extra information and/or confirm/refute what the car companies are saying. That will NEVER happen since auto journalists need access to corporate press fleets. I've read of journalists being "blacklisted" by car companies for honest critical reviews. None of these so called journalists or magazines/e-zines have the resources to do what Consumer Reports does which is to buy random vehicles off of car lots.

TTAC (The Truth About Cars)is a great site and have had their staff blacklisted on occasion. They are often stuck with using rentals or readers let them test their own cars. The only negative to that site is the fact that it is mostly a "car" site. They often release truck stories or news before PUTC.

TTAC is not a great site. They are incredibly unprofessional and, as such, do not deserve any of the privileges accorded professionals.

Ford fans don't care about the list. GM and Ram guys begged like children and wanted Ford to get hit for using aluminum. Been there. Done that. The media hit jobs didn't work on the F-150 so nobody cares about that anymore. Turns out the aluminum body is a great thing. GM will also go aluminum. Ram promoted the use of more aluminum on their 2013 models and will do more when they can afford it.

I do support your views regarding TTAC. TTAC allows for freedom of expression.

The B&B on TTAC are primarily your brethren to the south. This can and does produce some fantastically narrow minded views of the world.

From a freedom of expression perspective I do believe that TTAC has successfully managed to fanster comments.

The reality is 50% of the comments submitted on PUTC would have the commenter removed from the site for useless and pointless commentary and debate.

I do believe PUTC can retain it's freedom and reduce the level of school kid input.

It would be simple to do on PUTC. Just have someone moderate the site and immediately remove the unnecessary commentary.

Going off topic isn't an issue for me, it's those pointless cut and pastes, the use of multiple name and use of other peoples name on PUTC that is quite annoying.

I have asked to have some comments removed and PUTC have yet to remove those comments. So, it does show that PUTC doesn't have the inclination to improve the quality of the commentary and improve the level of debate/argument.

I do expect not one PUTC staffer to even read our grievances regarding the management of the site.

This I do find a real pity.

So, just let those school kids keep on, keeping on.

There are many things it lacks! 1. Looks 2. Inferior transmission 3. Outdated body style (same windows in front doors and same mirrors) 4. Same unpredictable power stroke engine 5. Inferior ride 6. And I do not have all day telling you how far this truck fell short from being a real contender.

Actually you need bliss MORE on smaller cars. So many blind spots, such tiny mirrors, and one mess up your a dead man. With these nice tow mirrors there is no need for BLISS even on a dually. And although the cameras are great and I will be getting them, they should never be a replacement for using your mirrors and paying attention to the road with your own eyes.

Oh, and I too am disappointed they didn't add the same bed solutions as the 150.

I just got my 2017 f250 truck. Why does it seems like Ford is light years behind GMC on there display screen. Also, the new truck look like a over size light duty truck. The frontend doesn't look like a heavy duty truck. I'm a Ford guy and have been for the last 20 years but come on guys, step up!!

Trailer blind spot warning is available on 2017 Super Duty and F150

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