Ford Super Duty Trucks: F-250 vs F-350

Are you in the market for a new Ford truck? Are you trying to determine which is best for you? Well, we know you happened here because of the industry-leading qualities of two of our most popular trucks: The Ford F-250 and the Ford F-350. But, now it’s time to lay out the logistics and really determine what ride is best for you.

These two tracks are part of Ford’s Super Duty line, a line of truck models capable of hauling and towing. At Ford we like to think of the F-250 and F-350 as truck siblings; they both come with a number of similar remarkable qualities that make them very desirable but they are also, just slightly, different. Here are a few of the differences that make each of the trucks unique.

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Exterior: Appearance and Body

There are a number of unique options for the exterior and the interior of Ford Super Duty trucks, and all of them are carried between the F-250 and the F-350; the last thing you will need to worry about is how the truck looks as it is almost completely customizable. Below you will find that there is only a very small difference between the truck’s exterior on the Ford  F-250 and the F-350.


  • The two trucks share the same cab, bed size, and trim options.
  • Both trucks come in a variety of model options including XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch Edition or Platinum trim level
  • You can opt for 3 different cab sizes, these include: Regular Cab, a Super Cab or a Crew Cab
  • There are two options for bed size: short box (6’9”) or the long box (8’).


  • The F-350 comes with an option for dual rear wheels


There are a lot of similarities here too! Both of the F-250 and the F-350 Super Duty trucks have the same engine options. Here are the details:


  • Both trucks can come outfitted with a 6.2L Boss SOHC V8 engine. This remarkable engine sports 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque
  • Looking for diesel? There is also the option for the 6.7 Turbo-Diesel Power Stroke V8. This power house engine offers 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque.
  • Both of these engine options have very comparable engine power
  • Both of the F-250 and the F-350 trucks come with a six-speed automatic transmissions that support both RWD and 4WD. Additionally, the Super Crew and Super Cab truck models come with full-time 4WD.
  • The F-250 and the F-350 truck models can be converted to Bi-Fuel, which allows them to run on both gasoline and a secondary fuel source like propane or compressed natural gas (CNG).

Towing Capacity

If these trucks are built with the same body, have the same engine, and all of the same options, then what makes the difference between the two? Well, it’s the towing capacity.


  • Both trucks have industry-leading towing capacities
  • New F-250s and F-350s are equipped with Dana 60 front and rear axles; except in the case of dually’s which come with a Dana 80 rear axle by default.


  • The F-350 has a significantly higher maximum towing capacity compared to the F-250. The max capacity for an F-350 is 32,000lbs, while the F-250 maxes out at 18,500 lbs.
  • The F-350 also has a higher average payload than the F-250; the F-350 can have a maximum payload of 7,640 lbs. while the F-250 can have a maximum payload of 4,270 lbs.
  • Both maximum payload and towing capacity do depend upon the engine, cab style, and bed size, so there are certain configurations of F-350s that can tow and hold less than an F-250.
  • That being said, the F-350 has many higher-power truck configurations than the F-250. Therefore, the F-350 is generally stronger and more prepared for heavy-duty work.
  • Finally, the F-350’s suspension is specially tuned for recreational and commercial towing; it has a tight rear spring and a reinforced midsection, which makes it ideal for towing projects.