F350 vs. F250

by Steve Johnson

The F250 and F350 are the frontrunners of Ford's Super Duty series of pickup trucks. Both 2011 models are part of the Super Duty's second generation of trucks that began production in 2008. Both models can tow and carry heavy equipment and have the ability to handle most types of weather and terrain; however, several differences in their design and upgrades make these trucks fairly different workhorses.


Both 2011 models have four variants: XL, XLT, Lariat and King Ranch. Both also have the same Cab options depending on the model: Regular, Crew and Super Cab. Standard features on both models are also nearly identical. Optional features include a top-of-the-line audio system, cruise control, power accessories and a navigation system.


Both 2011 models come standard with a 6.2-liter V8 SOHC engine, capable of 385 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a torque of 405 foot-pounds at 4,500 rpm. An optional powertrain can also be equipped on both: a 6.7-liter OHV Power Stroke V8 turbo diesel engine with 400 horsepower at 2,800 rpm and a torque of 800 foot-pounds at 1,600 rpm. Both engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

The significant difference between the F350 and the F250 is their Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or "GVWR." The GVWR is the maximum weight a vehicle can handle. It includes the vehicle itself, passengers and the equipment it carries or tows. The F250's base model has a maximum GVWR of 9,800 pounds, while the F350 can carry 10,800 pounds. Both models have a standard towing capacity of 12,500 pounds and a maximum towing capacity of 16,500 pounds. The F350 can carry more weight because it has a better suspension system and chassis configuration. Although both base models have the same suspension design, the F350's rear axle has a rating of 7,280 pounds, while the F250 only has 6,200 pounds.

Dual Rear Wheels

You can buy an F350 equipped with dual rear wheels, while the F250 does not have this option. This is a major advantage for people who intend to use the pickup truck in hauling fifth wheels and other heavy equipment. Equipping an F350 with dual rear wheels increases its maximum GVWR to 12,600 pounds, its standard towing capacity to 12,900 pounds, and its maximum towing capacity to 18,600 pounds.

About the Author

Steve Johnson is an avid and passionate writer with more than five years of experience. He's written for several industries, including health, dating and Internet marketing, as well as for various websites. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Texas.