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Ford’s legacy for building tough trucks has helped make its F-Series the best-selling pickup in America for 41 years and counting. It will add to that legacy as America’s favorite truck-maker early next year with the return of the Ranger, which benefits from the same know-how that makes the F-150 and Super Duty superlative in their respective segments. It’s that expertise that has enabled the Blue Oval to make its 2019 Ford Ranger best-in-class in towing, payload, and torque.
“Think of Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear,” said Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer. “With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure.”
Not only is that 1,860-pound maximum payload best among midsize pickups, but it’s better than any midsize pickup equipped with a V6 engine. The same can be said for its max towing capacity — 7,500 pounds when equipped with an optional Tow Package and a trailer brake controller — and its output of 350 lb-ft of torque.
It’s still some months away from arriving at Courtesy Ford, but the 2019 Ford Ranger has fast established itself as the top choice in its class. Given Ford’s prowess for building tough trucks, that shouldn’t come as all that much of a surprise.
Fords knows what it takes to craft a remarkable pickup truck. That’s why so many of their trucks are bringing home awards. The Ford F-150 Raptor is no exception.
Every year, there are awards distributed at the Northwest Outdoor Activity Vehicle of the Year Mudfest. This event consists of multiple off-road tests and on-road handling tests to analyze vehicles for their ability and control on the road. The drivers of the vehicles in the tests were all part of the Northwest Automotive Press Association, so they were able to judge from firsthand experience.
“The pickup category was extremely tough this year,” said Tuan Huynh, NWAPA Mudfest Event Chair, Northwest Automotive Press Association. “Ford F-150 Raptor won the hearts of our members for its prowess both on-road and off over two days of rigorous testing.”
Because of this, the Ford F-150 Raptor was named the “Best Pickup” of Mudfest. The Raptor has tons to offer when it comes to off-road capabilities, thanks to tires designed specifically for rough roads and its improved suspension control.
If you need convincing that the Ford F-150 Raptor is a winner, then come down to Courtesy Ford of Sauk City today to take it for a spin.
The new 2017 Ford Super Duty.
Nothing beats Ford towing, especially with the new 2017 Super Duty lineup leading the truck segment with a whopping conventional towing capacity of 21,000 lbs. Motor Trend’s first drive of the 2017 F-250 Super Duty XL 2WD Regular Cab found that the Super Duty takes every measure to make towing as safe and easy as possible.
With the Super Duty’s necessary large size, seeing around you to make turns can be hard—so Ford installed seven cameras that tell your computer what’s around you. Two side-mirror cameras, a tailgate camera, one on the high center brake light, and two in front. The two front cameras have two duties: one goes directly to the interior camera, and one is part of the lane departure warning system.
Super Duty has unique active safety features tailored to trailering, making it the best truck on the market to buy for safe and easy towing. The Blind Spot Information System is adjustable so you can cover your trailer as well as the truck. Jackknife warning and backup guidance help with some of the most precarious parts of trailering.
With an available turbodiesel engine and standard gas V8, the Super Duty has the power and technology to do any job. You won’t find a better heavy-duty truck than the 2017 Super Duty.
2017 Super Duty accessories
Ford engineers recently put the new high-strength aluminum-alloy cargo box of the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty through the gamut. Testing the aftermarket parts on the new Super Duty, Ford ran every sort of experiment they could contrive to ensure these parts work well under pressure.
According to Ford, the Super Duty cargo box is made from the same high-strength, military-grad aluminum alloy that is used on the chassis and body of the truck. This material is dent-resistant, quality-built, and it can’t develop rust.
“Ford Super Duty customers depend on their trucks to work hard every day across a variety of jobs,” said Kirk Leonard, vehicle integration engineer for Ford. “We drove prototype vehicles over the durability roads of the Ford Proving Grounds fitted with common aftermarket accessories to test the fitment and capability of our toughest pickup box ever.“
The 2017 Super Duty accessories also include heavy-duty four-wheel drive components, driveline, axles, towing, and hardware. Not only do these parts add utility and increase performance, but they’re also lightweight, so you don’t lose fuel economy by adding them.
Ford has unveiled its highly-anticipated 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks, which are all-new and tougher than ever.
Borrowing from what it learned when injecting aluminum into the F-150, Ford built a new high-strength military-grade aluminum-body alloy for the Super Duty, which helps it lose weight while gaining strength. The frame, of course, is still high-strength steel.
Using a lighter material for the body allowed Ford to use stronger parts in other areas, such as larger brakes, hitches, and axles and stronger driveline and transfer cases. In spite of this, overall weight was still down 350 lbs., allowing the all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty to use more of its mighty power to haul something else rather than itself.
Speaking of which, we still don’t have exact figures as to what the Super Duty will be able to haul and trail, but we imagine they’ll be staggering. The truck will offer a range of engines, including a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 equipped with a new TorqShift-G transmission. And that’s the “weakest” one of the lot.
The all-new 2017 Ford Super Duty will go on sale late next year at Courtesy Ford. Check out the official press release for all the details.