2020 Ford F-250, F-350 and F-450 Video: Inside, Outside and Under the Hood

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Whether you love or hate the new look of the 2020 Ford Super Duty F-250, F-350, and F-450, you have to respect that Ford has come to the heavy-duty truck fight with some major weapons. Making their debut at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Ford's 2020 HD pickup lineup boasts a well-freshened powertrain roster that now include the biggest big-block gas V-8 offered by any manufacturer along with an upgraded turbo-diesel Power Stroke that is likely to set some torque records when Ford finally releases the factory ratings.

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The interior carries over from the previous Super Duty with a few small design changes and feature additions the most noteworthy being the Pro Trailer Backup Assist coming over from the light-duty F-150 pickup. We're guessing the take rate will be fairly low for this new feature among heavy-duty pickup buyers, since many owners in this market take great pride in their towing abilities and experience. However, based on our own experience, if they give it a try, the system will convince them that, no matter how good they are, the Pro Trailer Backup Assist can do it better. A knob controller does most of the precise steering work for the truck and trailer.

Finally, the new gasoline 7.3-liter 36-valve V-8 will be a good choice for buyers who need more juice than the smallish 6.2-liter V-8 offered. This in-house-designed V-8 includes internal camshafts, a new forged steel crank inside a cast-iron block, cooling jets for pistons, super high-pressure port fuel injection and a variable displacement oil pump that can provide more cooling oil when needed and reduce parasitic losses when it doesn't.

We'll know more about these big trucks and how their powertrain upgrades change (or don't change) the Super Duty personalities when we get our chance to drive them in early summer. For now, the video below highlights what stood out to us.

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"Finally, the new gasoline 7.3-liter 36-valve V-8 will be a good choice"

4.5 valves per cylinder? That will be unique.

"Finally, the new gasoline 7.3-liter 36-valve V-8 will be a good choice"
4.5 valves per cylinder? That will be unique.

Must be the new math.

Can't wait to see one slammed on 28's.

Internal camshafts-plural.

The copy editor was sloppy.

It is a power house for sure, but when I get the pop-up surveys requesting rating this site, I wonder if anyone actually reads them?

What is "super high pressure port fuel injection"?

What is "super high pressure port fuel injection"?


Posted by: Bob B. | Feb 6, 2019 8:38:48 PM

It’s super high pressure port fuel injection

Would be interesting to see all the specs on the 7.3 engine. Could this be an under-square long stroke torque monster. A low rpm long stroke engine should work good backed by a 10 speed transmission.

What is "super high pressure port fuel injection"?


Posted by: Bob B. | Feb 6, 2019 8:38:48 PM

It’s super high pressure port fuel injection


Posted by: papajim | Feb 6, 2019 10:12:54 PM

What a condescending prick.

Likes: new 7.3 liter gas pushrod V8, upgraded powerstroke V8, new 10 speed transmission

Okay: new grille/front end treatment

Dislikes: basically carry-over interior, no DI for 7.3 V8

Overall: still in the running for my business, along with GMC Sierra HD, and Chevrolet Silverado HD

I would still choose the Diesel over the big block V8 gas engine. But I have to say good job for having a Big V8 pushrod engine, and not some small displacement turbo engine.
GM is very successful with having reliable V8 engines that get good fuel economy in their trucks. I like that Ford is doing the same.
As far as the rest of the truck, I would take the GMC HD Duramax/Allison and its new bold looking exterior for my next HD pickup.

The new 7.3 gas finally has me interested in a super duty again. Those dang diesels are just too complex and expensive. Expensive to buy, and way too expensive if you ever have to repair or replace parts in the long run. I think manufacturers are spending too much effort making the interiors frilled up and pretty. Glad Ford is focusing on actual truck improvements right now by upgrading engines and transmissions. I can't believe people even complain about any of the interiors on trucks these days. They are all soo much nicer than anything just 10 years ago. They are all comfortable and nice. Just make them reliable. (I'm talking to you especially ram).

Another review I read mentioned they lowered the 250s slightly front and back. Thst upset me as the higher stock ride height is one of the points that has me interested in the Ford HDs this time around. Although looks LIKE GM made their trucks higher this time around.

I can't believe people even complain about any of the interiors on trucks these days. They are all soo much nicer than anything just 10 years ago

@Rusty

Right on, buddy.

Whoever wrote this apparently knows nothing about engines. 36 valve 7.3L? No such thing, EVER. It's a 16V engine. "Internal camshafts?" Really? How many engines have "external" camshafts? And exactly how many camshafts does this pushrod engine have? Try one.

"Another review I read mentioned they lowered the 250s slightly front and back. Thst upset me as the higher stock ride height is one of the points that has me interested in the Ford HDs this time around. Although looks LIKE GM made their trucks higher this time around.
Posted by: Justin Nieves"

In the past Ford has offered essentially the same truck in an F350 version, maybe it will still be the height that you like. Personally, I would be a lot more interested in an F250 if they dropped the whole truck 2 or three inches and the bed rails a couple in inches.

With these news releases for the new Ford trucks right behind those of the GM products it is going to be interesting to see if these trucks hit the market just as close. That would reduce the impact of the new GM products quite a bit.

I feel like the 7.3 is going to appeal to a lot of people that only pull occasionally or are in the 20,000lb trailer range and really don't want to drop an $8k on a new truck.

The main feature I would like to see Ford add is air suspension, even if it is only for ride height control. That would allow them to soften the steel springs, drop the empty truck a couple of inches and still have good weight carrying ability.


@ Texas 1836

I agree with u on the engine. Nice choice, I wonder how FE it will be? The grille makes front end look 10 times better than before.

The interior although nice, is still my least favorite. You would think Ford would have atleast nip/tuck the front console area.

@ Texas1836:

This truck is a refresh, not a redesign, there's a huge difference. That said, for a refresh, you're getting a ton more improvements than GM or Fiat will ever give you, so consider that.


A ton more improvements than GM or Fiat

@ redbloodexy

How so? Please explain?

@tntgmc

unfortunately it's become impossible to tell if you're dealing with a REAL commenter on this site lately. It was bad enough when the fool-from-down-under was running amock but now we also JTT and his numerous sub-personalities.

@ papajim

Couldn't agree more.

@redbloodedxy

***Attempt at a clarification...I was not attempting to rate the refresh in it's totality, as it was definitely a through refresh. I was looking at the individual components of the refresh, or lack thereof, trying to communicate what I thought of them. I am basically just keeping score for myself to see which HD's I prefer, I like both the Ford and the GM's.



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