Many see the Ford F250 and the Ford F350 and think that they are very similar, and that’s not always the case. While there are a lot of similarities between the F250 and F350, there are a few differences, though many not obvious to the naked eye, and here they are.
Towing capability: Without a doubt, the biggest difference between the two trucks is the amount one can tow. To some, this isn’t that important, but to most serious truck owners, this is something to at least consider. The absolute maximum that a F350 owner can tow is up to 32,000 pounds. The F250 can tow, a still impressive, 18,500 pounds. If you want to tow over 30,000 pounds, you have your answer. If not, keep reading.
Payload: While most people talk about towing capacity, payload is important to consider as well. Both the F250 and F350 offer an impressive payload. The F350, naturally has a higher payload amount, which is 7,640 pounds, while the F250 is still impressive at 4,270 pounds. If you aren’t going to tow a ton or use the payload to the max, the F250 will probably work, though the F350 will get more done and may be worth the extra cash.
Exterior: To the naked eye, especially someone who isn’t into trucks, the F250 and F350 look similar. And it’s true, they share the same cab, trim size and bed options. The only difference that you can note is that the F350 has the option to have dual rear wheels. This allows more heavy duty towing.
Engines: Again, there isn’t a huge difference in the F250 and F350 when it comes to engines. Both have the same engine options as you can enjoy the 6.2 liter, Boss SOHC V8 engine, which offers 430-lb-ft of torque and 385 horses. Buyers can also enjoy the 6.7 liter turbo diesel, Power Stroke V8. This offers an astounding 935 lb-ft of torque and 450 horsepower. The truth is, in raw power, both are very impressive, and if you aren’t towing or carrying a heavy payload, you may not notice the difference. Both the F250 and F350 can be converted to run on Bi-Fuel, so they can run on both gasoline and propane or compressed natural gas.
While there is no right answer, if you want to consider if the F250 or F350 is better, there are a couple of important points to consider. If you upgrade the F350 towing capacity, you may have to get a commercial vehicle license in some states, and it’s best to verify the laws in your state. If that doesn’t matter, you should be okay to go with either, because the price is usually close. The F250 is probably the best option if you aren’t planning to put massive payloads in your truck or towing huge loads. Either way, if you want to check out the F250 and F350 and see what feels better for you, head to Tim’s Truck to check them out.