Differences in the F-250 Vs. the F-350

by Alexander Eliot

The Ford F-250 and F-350 are both in Ford's "Super Duty" line of trucks, capable of hauling large, heavy payloads. They are ideal work trucks, if the smaller F-150 pickup is not able to haul enough for your needs. The F-250 and the F-350 have the same interiors and engine specifications. The primary difference is the axle setup, which gives the F-350 an increased towing capability over the F-250.

Axle Setups

Both the F-250 and the F-350 feature axle setups manufactured by Dana. However, the F-350 features a larger, sturdier axle setup for both the front and rear wheels. The F-350 also features various other suspension parts that have been revised to accommodate for the large axles.

Towing and Payload Capabilities

Due to the large axle setups, the F-350 can haul a substantially heavier load. The F-350's maximum payload is rated at 4,170 lb., and its maximum towing capacity is 16,800 lb. In contrast, the F-250's maximum payload is rated at 2,950 lb., with a maximum towing capacity of 12,500 lb.

Dual Rear Wheel

The F-350 truck features the available option of a dual rear-wheel (DRW) setup. DRW incorporates two wheels and tires on each of the rear hubs, giving the F-350 six wheels altogether. This increases the F-350's traction potential and improves stability when towing heavy loads.


Due to the upgraded components of the F-350, it is priced slightly higher than the F-250. At the time of publication, the price differential is generally under $1,000 on models with the same options, whether new or used. Consider spending the extra money to buy the F-350 if you plan to haul anything that may exceed the limits of the F-250's weight capabilities.

About the Author

Alexander Eliot has been a professional writer since 2006. He holds a B.A. in English literature from the University of Cincinnati. His academic background allows him to write articles in all fields of education, as well as science and philosophy. Eliot once worked for a performance auto center, an experience he draws from to write informative articles in automotive theory, maintenance and customization.