Consumer Reports has released its pick for the most satisfying full-size truck in 2022, and it may be bigger than you think. Instead of picking a popular truck like the Ram 1500 or Ford F-150, Consumer Reports has given its blessing to the 2022 Ford F-350, which is a seriously massive heavy-duty truck. The F-350 is a part of the Super Duty family of Ford pickup trucks, it has a 1-ton capacity but can be equipped with truly premium features.
Is the 2022 Ford F-350 a good truck?
According to Consumer Reports, the Ford F-350 is a good truck. Although the publication has not yet given this heavy-duty truck a test drive for a hands-on look. This truck has three different engine options, including a 6.7-liter V8 turbodiesel which delivers ample power and capability. Better yet, it is available with four-wheel drive, which will give owners the utility that they need from their vehicle.
Per Consumer Reports, the F-350 had a close score to other heavy-duty trucks like the Chevy Silverado 3500HD and GMC Sierra 3500HD. So it is not without competition, even if it is considered the most satisfying truck for 2022.
How much does the 2022 F-350 cost?
The 2022 Ford Super Duty F-350 has a starting MSRP of $39,410, but don’t expect to place a retail order. According to Ford, the brand is no longer accepting retail orders for this model year, because production is so limited. That said, you may be able to find a 2022 F-350 at a dealership or have them order it for you. This appears to be yet another side effect of supply chain issues and chip shortages in the automotive industry.
The most expensive F-350 truck is the 2022 Ford F-350 Limited. Its base price is nearly $90,000 before options, which puts it in luxury territory. Despite this, for those shopping for a heavy-duty truck and who want a premium driving experience, this cost may be worth it.
What is the difference between a F-250 and a F-350 truck?
The Ford F-250 and Ford F-350 are both heavy-duty trucks, but the F-350 does come with more capability. The maximum towing capacity of the 2022 F-350 is over 30,000 pounds, which is a seriously impressive number. Additionally, this truck can haul up to 7,640 lbs in payload. Both of these numbers are larger than that of the 2022 F-250.
With that capability comes an added cost though. Expect to pay more for an F-350 than you would for an F-250 pickup truck. So, unless you need the capability offered by the Ford F-350, it may not be worth making the jump. In fact, for most, both of these trucks probably have more capability than is needed. This may have something to do with why smaller trucks like the Ford Maverick are selling so well.
Should you buy a heavy-duty truck?
If you do not plan to haul or tow often, a heavy-duty truck is likely overkill for the majority of drivers. But, Americans do have a love affair with trucks, and to some, the bigger the better. And the 2022 Ford F-350 is certainly a massive truck.