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Pros: The 2014 Ford F-450 dominates the Blue Oval's Super Duty lineup. It's a mean, rugged truck with a more imposing physique and front grille than the standard F-150, not to mention amazing capabilities. Yet, climb inside and you'll feel like in a luxury sedan.

Cons: Watch out for the various options that could significantly increase the already-staggering price of the F-450. Despite commendable efforts by Ford engineers, fuel economy remains unimpressive. Finally, ride quality is affected when the cargo box is empty.

Ford F-450 2014
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2014 Ford F-450 Price: There are five trim levels to choose from this year including XL ($60,649), XLT ($65,349), Lariat ($74,949), King Ranch ($81,119), and Platinum ($81,749).

2014 Ford F-450 Fuel Economy: Official ratings for the 2014 F-2350 have yet to be released. However, don't expect miracles from this workhorse.

Improvements and Changes:
Ford has improved the braking system for 2014.

2014 Ford F-450 Powertrain: Unlike the F-250 and F-350, the F-450 comes standard with 4-wheel drive and offers a single engine, namely a 6.7L turbodiesel V8 whose 400 horsepower are backed by 800 lb-ft of torque at just 1,600 rpm. It's mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual mode.

Ford F-450 2014
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Capacities: A properly equipped Ford F-450 can tow heavy loads of 8,391-11,240 kilos.

Safety:
The 2014 Ford F-450 comes standard with ABS, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, stability control, and trailer sway control.

Comparing the 2014 Ford F-450: In the heavy-duty pickup truck segment, the F-450 goes up against the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD, GMC Sierra 3500HD, and Ram 3500.