If you thought the Ford Super Duty lineup of F-250, 350 and 450 models were incredibly capable trucks you'd be right, but you've really seen nothing until you come face-to-face with the sensational F-650. The 2017 Ford Super Duty F-650 and the even more capable F-750 are class 6-7 medium-duty commercial trucks the Blue Oval has been building since 2000. Up until 2014 they were built in Mexico as part of a joint venture with Navistar International, but production was relocated to Avon Lake, Ohio from 2014 onwards.
There are effectively five different versions of the 2017 F-650, which is the second model year of what is now the F-650's second-generation. The lineup starts off with the F-650 Pro Loader Gas, and then it goes to the F-650 Pro Loader Diesel, the F-650 Gas, F-650 Diesel and the F-650 Tractor. Unlike the F-450 that's a Crew Cab-only model, the F-650 can be specified in Regular Cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab formats. Of course, the cab, engine and chassis are just the start of the story as from there the F-650 can then be used to create any number of different trucks depending on what your require it upfitting into.
As tends to be the way of things with big commercial trucks, the 2017 F-650 is available with two different powerplants; one gas and one diesel. The gasoline engine option is a Ford Triton 6.8-liter V-10 that develops 320 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, which has an available CNG/Propane Gaseous Engine Prep Package for conversion to compressed natural gas or propane autogas. The diesel option is a 6.7-liter PowerStroke V-8 turbo, which is available in three horsepower/torque ratings of 270 horsepower/675 lb.-ft., 300 horsepower/700 lb.-ft., and 330 horsepower/725 lb.-ft. Both engine options come mated to a TorqShift HD six-speed automatic - double overdrive transmission.
Features and Equipment
Although plenty of Super Duty models find themselves in the hands of retail buyers, the F-650 is what you could probably call a hardcore commercial. Although it's therefore not going to be as upscale and comfortable as something like high-specification F-450 Super Duty, the F-650 still comes with all the essentials. Standard equipment includes: air conditioning, an AM/FM radio with MP3 capability, two auxiliary power points, beverage holders, cruise control, vinyl seats, a tachometer and a tilt wheel. Available options include air-ride seats (diesel only), power windows, an overhead console, four body-builder switches and even Ford's Sync infotainment system.
The F-650 might be a commercial, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be comfortable. In fact, when you think how many hours a commercial driver is likely to spend in the cab, comfort is perhaps even more important than it is for retail vehicle buyers. The cab is designed to be surprisingly quiet as Ford is now paying particularly close attention to the noise levels in all its commercial trucks and vans. The ride is as smooth and comfortable as you'd hope it might be, gauges and controls are designed and located so they're as easy to read as possible, and a 110-volt AC outlet is an available option for powering a variety of useful accessories to make life on the road easier.