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In the world of Ford’s F-Series of trucks, the Ford F-350 hasn’t always been available to the American public. Initially reserved as a commercially-sold truck, the F-350 did not make it into private garages until 1999. This full-size pickup offered drivers a much more powerful option than the F-150 and F-250 models, while still remaining relatively affordable.
The Ford F-350 model has seen various makeovers and improvements in the past sixteen years, including a refreshed exterior appearance back in 2005, and a complete makeover in 2011 that gave the truck a tougher look and new engine line-up. The full-size pickup did not receive an overhaul for the 2015 model year, but did make gains in the power and performance department.
In fact, the 2015 Ford F-350 is more powerful than ever before, featuring best-in-class towing capabilities. Drivers looking for extra standard features for the best price, will find just what they need with the XLT trim level. The 2015 Ford F-350 stands up to the toughest competition in many ways, beating out the Chevy Silverado 3500 by leaps and bounds.
The 2015 F-350 comes standard with the same powertrain on previous model years. The 6.2-liter V8 engine is an impressive powertrain that produces 385 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. The more impressive engine, however, is the optional 6.7-liter turbocharged V8 diesel.
With a whopping 400 horsepower and 800 lb.-ft. of torque, this second-generation engine can lay claim to Best-In-Class towing capabilities. The six-speed automatic SelectShift transmission features TorqShift technology, and helps to deliver a maximum towing capacity of 17,500 pounds.
Whether hauling a trailer, or a large boat, the 2015 F-350 can get the job done without so much as breaking a sweat.
For drivers who don’t want to compromise amenities to stay within budget, will find a happy medium with the 2015 Ford F-350 XLT trim. While the XL may be the base and least expensive option, the added standard features to the XLT trim make for a far better driving experience, without spending much more of your hard-earned cash.
Both the XL and XLT come with the F-350’s base engine offering. The XLT has a starting MSRP of $36,470 - less than $4,000 more than the XL.
Check out all of the extra features that the XLT offers drivers, that the XL simply leaves out of its list of standard features.
Dual instrument panel-mounted cupholders
Cupholders integrated into rear armrests
Soft armrest, grab handle, molded upper applique, and lower map pockets
Color-coordinated carpet floor covering
Color-coordinated carpet floor mats for front and rear of cab
Power door locks and windows
Power equipment group
Auxiliary outlets in front and back rows
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Sun visors with covered mirror
Four speaker audio system with AM/FM, Single-CD, and MP3 capability
SiriusXM Satellite Radio
SYNC basic system
Front seats with 40/20/40 split bench and locking storage
Rear 60/40 seats with flip-up/fold-down bench and lockable storage
Front and rear chrome steel bumpers
Chrome bar-style grille
Manual side mirrors with telescoping trailer tow and power heated glass/heated spotter mirror
Rear privacy glass
Remote keyless entry and perimeter anti-theft alarm
It is clear that for everyday use, drivers will be much more comfortable with the added features and convenience that the 2015 F-350 XLT offers over the XL base model.
Making the choice between two very capable pickup trucks can be a hard decision to make. The full-size pickup truck segment is not very large, making competition between the models even more tough. Ford not only offers drivers some of the most unique technological features on the market, it also offers a record of quality and performance.
No one can dispute the pure excellence that comes with the F-Series of pickup trucks, and the 2015 F-350 is no exception. Chevrolet has traditionally been Ford’s toughest competition, as both automakers produce American-made heavy-duty full-size pickup trucks, with a high standard of quality.
Compared to the 2015 Chevy Silverado 3500, the 2015 F-350 has the clear edge in many different categories. Check out a side-by-side comparison below.
Price: One of the first aspects to consider, drivers will be happy to know that the starting MSRP of the 2015 F-350 is $32,705, while the 2015 Silverado 3500 is $33,730.
Power: The 2015 Silverado 3500 offers drivers a 6.0-liter gas engine with 360 horsepower, and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. Ford’s F-350 comes standard with a 6.2-liter engine with a slightly lower 316 horsepower, but a higher 397 lb.-ft. of torque.
Safety: With more standard safety features than the Silverado, the F-350 comes equipped with more airbags, a vehicle anti-theft system, and a tire pressure monitor, making it the safer of the two pickup trucks.
Technology: With Ford’s unique technology such as tow/haul mode with engine-exhaust braking, trailer sway control, and AdvanceTrac Roll Stability Control, Ford has the competition beat.
Maneuverability: The Chevrolet Silverado 3500 features a much wider girth than the Ford F-350. Finding a wide enough spot for the Silverado 3500 to fit will prove to be difficult, while the F-350 will have no problem fitting in.
Handling: Ford was able to give the F-350 a much smaller turning radius than its rival, making it easier to maneuver in and out of tight spots.
Warranty: Drivers of both the Ford F-350 and the Chevrolet Silverado 3500 can expect similar warranty coverage.
Comfort: Ford offers a more comfortable interior cabin with more standard amenities than the Chevrolet Silverado, making it a clear front-runner in this department.
It is clear that the 2015 Ford F-350 is a better overall choice when compared head-to-head with the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 3500. Both American-made trucks offer great value, but the clear winner in nearly all categories goes to Ford.