On the road, my test F-350's diesel-powered 475-horsepower V-8 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission and on-demand four-wheel drive could handle pretty much any type of road or weather condition around. Starting up the engine, the pickup roared to life with a hefty engine idle that'd be as much at home in a truck stop as in your driveway. That said, the F-350 runs fairly smoothly and (relatively) quietly once on the road. My test car revved only to 2,200 rpm going from zero to 60 mph, a fraction of what I've seen some small economy cars do. (Not surprising, given their much smaller engines.)
The model's "high-up" road view and large windshield and windows combine to offer excellent front, side, and rear views. Backing up is reasonably easy, given the excellent sightlines, although the F-350's large size means you have to pay attention to what's behind you. My test model also came with a backup-alert system for any cross traffic, as well as a great 360-degree backup camera. The F-350 brakes and corners reasonably well, given its size. But rather than risk an accident, I did decide to back up and go a different route when I encountered cars parked on both sides of a small street.
As for fuel economy: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency doesn't provide estimates for large trucks such as the F-350, but I logged 19.1 mpg in combined city/highway driving during a weeklong test drive — pretty impression for such a mammoth vehicle.
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