In the pickup truck world, there is a large difference between light-duty and heavy-duty trucks, and that usually comes in the form of drastic differences in gross weight, as well as towing and payload capacities. For light-duty drivers, a truck often offers a combination of the strength to handle tough tasks at work and beyond but also provides enough versatility that it can function just as well as the family vehicle. It is as much at home going on trips to the grocery store as it is excelling on the job site.
For heavy-duty drivers, their trucks are much more than simple transportation; they are powerful workhorses with one purpose, and that is to provide monstrous towing and hauling capacity that is typically centered on work-oriented tasks. It’s more than just a truck for many; it’s their livelihood. But is that the only thing heavy-duty trucks are good for, or can they offer the driver more than just strength? The 2023 Ford F-350 seeks to do just that. On top of offering exceptional towing and hauling capacities, it is equipped with an array of innovative tech that does more than just provide some interesting bells and whistles; they are designed to complement and enhance the F-350’s immense power and make the driving experience unlike anything else on the road, or the job site.
Advanced Trailering Tech to Make Hauling Any Cargo Simple and Easy
A powerful truck is great, but without the right tools, its exceptional capacities won’t be utilized to the fullest, and can also be dangerous if not properly equipped. The Ford F-350 compliments its strength with an assortment of tools to make any cargo being trailered more efficient and much more secure. Perhaps its most valuable feature is the Pro Trailer Hitch assist, which provides driver assistance in connecting your F-350 to a conventional trailer. With the press and hold of a button, the hitch assist will take over and control of acceleration, braking, and steering to get it in place for easy hitching.
Once you’re on the road, you’ll be able to keep an eye on your trailer from every angle with the addition of the 360-Degree Trailer Camera Package, giving you a birds-eye view of your trailer. You will also have access to a multitude of camera angles to ensure that everything is safe with your trailer while on the road. And when you’re ready to change lanes, the BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Trailer Coverage will ensure both your truck and trailer are safe by alerting you if another vehicle is in your blind spot before making your move. Heavy-duty trucks and trailering go hand-in-hand, and with the F-350’s arsenal of trailering tech, every driver will be able to haul massive cargo with the utmost confidence.
An Array of Interior Tech
As we mentioned earlier, a strong truck is great, but without the right tools, it will not truly excel with its capabilities. Ford knows that for many heavy-duty truck owners, their truck cabin is their office. With that being said, if you plan on spending long hours inside your truck every day for work, comfort and convenience are crucial to productivity, almost as important as the truck’s power. For the 2023 F-350, Ford has packed the truck’s interior with a plethora of innovative features to take any workday to the next level.
An 8-inch or available 12-inch infotainment touchscreen makes up the center console and is packed with the connectivity tools you’re looking for to maximize your productivity at work, on the road, and beyond. The infotainment system comes equipped with Ford’s SYNC 4 system, which comes with a 5G wi-fi hotspot, advanced voice recognition, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The F-350’s connectivity features are enhanced further with a more powerful processor, allowing the connection between the truck and your smartphone to be easier and faster than ever before. You’ll be able to get navigation, listen to your favorite podcast or playlist, and make a hands-free call seamlessly with this updated system.
The interior is further enriched with other interior enhancements that include premium seating materials and a phenomenal speaker system. Higher-end trims such as the 2023 Ford F-350 Limited are adorned in unique two-tone leather, while both front and back seats are heated. Other available features on the more luxury-focused trims include an 18-speaker B&O sound system by Bang & Olufsen, perfect for audiophiles who need a great stereo to help them get through their workday with ease.
Great Safety Tech
While wi-fi and a great stereo system are fantastic enhancements, without the feeling of confidence and control while on the road, those features are meaningless if you don’t feel safe in your ride. Due to the sheer size of heavy-duty trucks and the cargo they carry, safety is everything. If your profession relies on you to deliver heavy materials to various work sites, you want to be absolutely sure that your truck is equipped with the right safety and driver assist tools to ensure you get there safely. In addition to the phenomenal trailering tech the Ford F-350 has, the truck also comes with Ford’s Co-Pilot360 technology that gives you a host of driver assistance features to help you on your travels.
The Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking provides the F-350 with an extra set of eyes and scans the road in front of you to detect any potential collisions. If a vehicle or person is detected, the system will alert the driver of the potential collision. If a collision is imminent, the automatic emergency braking system will enact and automatically apply the brakes to lessen the impact. Turning at intersections can sometimes be particularly difficult, especially when behind the wheel of a heavy-duty-sized truck like the F-350. The Intersection Assist feature will help when turning left by using a front camera and an assortment of sensors to analyze oncoming traffic and warn of a potential collision when turning. Like Pre-Collision Assist, if an impact is unavoidable, the automatic emergency braking will be enabled to reduce the severity of the impact.
Let’s face it; when driving a vehicle this size, you could use all the help you can get. Ford was very aware of this, which is why the F-350 has you covered for just about any driving scenario, so you can travel to your destination with confidence.
More Than Just a Reliable Workhorse
When opting for a heavy-duty truck, there’s just more things that need to be considered than their light-duty counterparts. On top of its enormous size and strength, there is also how the truck will fit into your work and life. For those who use one solely for their job, it’s more than just capabilities. It is a truck that they will truly enjoy being in for long periods of time on a daily basis.
Ford knows that these vehicles are more than just a tool for the job site. For many, this is a mobile office. That’s why the 2023 Ford F-350 is packed with so many features to make its cabin truly feel like a luxurious office with a great window view. Plus, with the inclusion of an assortment of safety tools, no matter where your office takes you, you’ll have the protection and coverage you need to hit the road with confidence and tackle the challenges of the day. Part workhorse, part mobile office, the 2023 F-350 is more than just a heavy-duty truck.