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2020 Ford Super Duty Pickups Own Best-In-Class Times Six

Ford's 2020 F-Series Super Duty pickups own "best-in-class" in six categories. They are the first pickups to pass the 1,000 pound-foot barrier for torque.
Posted: September 28, 2019 - 6:42PM
Author: Marc Stern


For the last 42 years, Ford trucks have been the leaders in the pickup market. Beginning in 1977, Ford took the top spot in the pickup market from General Motors and has relinquished it since. For 2020, the F-Series continues to garner its share of accolades. Take a look at this list of “best-in-class” features:

Ford F-Series Super Duty Pickups Deliver Best-In-Class Features

    Best-in-class diesel towing:The new Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup (250/350) has raised the bar for 2020 towing capability. This series can now tow a maximum of 37,000 pounds at the gooseneck. It also offers best-in-class maximum fifth-wheel towing of up to 32,500 pounds, and best-in-class maximum conventional towing of 24,200 pounds with the available 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel.
  • Best-in-class diesel and torque:
  • Ford’s F-Series Super Duty trucks can be equipped with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V-8. The most powerful engine ever built by Ford, the 6.7-liter delivers 475 horsepower and 1,050 pounds-feet of torque. This engine surpasses the kilotorque barrier, and no special order forms are necessary.

  • Best-in-class gasoline power and torque:
  • Ford’s new monster gas engine, the 7.3-liter gasoline V-8, the most powerful gasoline engine ever offered in a Super Duty turns out best-in-class gas power with 430 horsepower and 475 pounds-feet of torque, another best-in-class mark.

  • Best-in-class payload:
  • With the standard 6.2-liter gas engine, the F-Series Super Duty range of pickups can haul bigger loads with its 7,850 pound maximum payload capacity.

Ford F-Series Super Duty Pickups Work Harder

“… We’re helping [Ford truck customers] work harder with the most available diesel towing, payload, torque, and power you can get in a heavy-duty pickup,” said Mike Pruitt, Super Duty chief engineer. “We’re excited to be in the nation’s largest truck market at the State Fair of Texas announcing we’ve surpassed the kilotorque barrier and made it standard with every pickup truck featuring a Power Stroke diesel engine.” For more information about the Ford F-Series Super Duty Series of Pickups check out this page.

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Putting this into perspective, a properly configured F450 can tow about as much weight as 31 American quarter horses, each weighing 1,200 pounds. As Ford notes, “That is one big trailer.” For 2020, Ford’s Super Duty pickup series – F250, F350, and F450 – has increased its maximum towing capacity across the board, versus outgoing models.

Looking at other Super Duty models, the Tremor Off-Road Package, available on F250/F350, is perhaps the most capable off-road Super Duty made for the Ford lineup. Its specifications are spectacular, up to 15,000 pounds of towing capability and 21,900 pounds for gooseneck trailers with the available diesel powerplant. Also, the Tremor Package offers a maximum payload of 4,210 pounds with the all-new 7.3-liter gas engine.

Undergoing millions of miles of testing, the Super Duty is designed to handle the harshest conditions and the most substantial work. During the 19 million miles of accumulated testing, every aspect of the Super Duty was torture-tested, including its high-strength steel-boxed frame, high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body; integrated gooseneck hitch mounts; available all-new 7.3-liter gasoline V-8 engine, or the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel, both of which are mated to all-new 10-speed heavy-duty automatic transmissions. The transmission, available with all engine options, is a crucial link in the equation that results in efficient and improved trailering confidence. Also, Super Duty commands the highest market share in demanding industries such as mining, with more than 62 percent, emergency vehicles, with 50 percent, and construction with more than 47 percent, according to Ford analysis by HIS Market TIPNet U.S. registration data, January 2017 to June 2019.

Ford F-Series Super Duty Pickups Feature New Towing Tech

To help make the most of all the new capability of the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup, Ford has introduced new towing technology. Pro Trailer Backup Assist makes negotiating even the biggest trailers into the tightest spaces as easy as turning a dial. After setup, drivers use a knob, instead of the steering wheel to maneuver trailers via the backup camera. Trailer Reverse Guidance shows the trailer angle and direction and provides steering suggestions to most efficiently direct trailers backward. Ford is the only manufacturer to provide Pro Trailer Backup Assist and Trailer Reverse Guidance technology that accommodates all trailer types -- conventional, fifth wheel, and gooseneck designs.

Because so much of today’s work relies on connectivity, the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty is equipped to handle those needs. FordPass Connect™ used an embedded 4G LTE modem, with WiFi access for up to 10 devices in communication no matter where a job may take them. Modem touches include the addition of wireless charging for compatible mobile phones and USB-C ports to power devices.

Standard features on XLT and above Super Duty trim levels include Lane-Keeping Alert to help you stay in your lane and Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coverage to monitor for vehicles in blind spots – even with one next to your trailer. Also standard on XLT and above is Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking to alert you of potential collisions with vehicles in your path. Should an accident occur, class-exclusive second-row seat belt pretensioners, standard on all Super Duty models, are activated.

Ford F-Series Super Duty Pickups Made In Two Plants

Plants in Kentucky and Ohio build the 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty lineup. Dealers will start taking delivery of the 2020 Super Duty series by year’s end.

About the author

Marc Stern
has been an auto writer since 1971. It was a position that filled two boyhood dreams: One was that I would write, and two that I write about cars. When I took over as my newspaper’s auto editor, I began a 32-year career as an automotive columnist. There isn’t much on four wheels that I haven’t driven or reviewed. My work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated, AutoWeek, SuperStock, Trailer Life, Old Cars Weekly, Special Interest Autos, and others. Today, I am the Ford F150 reporter for Torque News. I write how-to and help columns for online sites such as and others. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook.