Conventional Bed or Chassis Cab
Starting Price (Conventional Bed)
Starting Price (Chassis Cab)
Max. Towing Capacity (Conventional Bed)
Max. Towing Capacity (Chassis Cab)
Max. Payload Capacity (Chassis Cab)
2020 Ford F-450 vs. 2020 Ford F-550
If you’re on the hunt for a powerful and capable Ford truck, the 2020 Ford F-450 and the 2020 Ford F-550 models are probably sitting close to the top of your list. Although either choice can help you handle just about any daily or commercial challenge, drivers comparing the F-450 vs. F-550 need to be aware of a few key differences:
- The F-450 can be had as a pickup or as a chassis cab. The F-550 is only available in chassis cab configurations.
- Heavy-duty pickup trucks tend to be better at towing, while chassis cab models tend to offer more impressive payload specs. There are other reasons to choose a chassis cab, but this is the most important to note off the bat.
- You’ll pay a lot more for an F-450 Super Duty pickup truck than you would for an F-450 Chassis Cab, or an F-550 Chassis cab.
Super Duty or Chassis Cab: F-450 vs. F-550
What’s the biggest difference between the 2020 Ford F-450 and the 2020 Ford F-550? It’s simple: the Ford F-450 is available as a classic Super Duty pickup truck or as a Chassis Cab model intended exclusively for commercial buyers. The 2020 Ford F-550 is only available in a Chassis Cab configuration.
With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at the differences between their lineups, and the reasons why you’d tend to prefer one over the other:
Configurations: F-450 vs. F-550
- The Ford F-450 Super Duty is available in a wide range of configurations, designed to appeal to the driver who uses their pickup for daily adventures near Northern Chicago and Milwaukee. Choose from XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum models, loaded with tons of standard features.
- The Ford F-550 Chassis Cab can be had in XL, XLT, and Lariat configurations, and the Ford F-450 Chassis Cab is available with the same lineup.
Conventional pickup trucks excel at towing heavy cargo. If you’re looking for a truck that can tow more cargo than you’ll know what to do with, the Ford F-450 towing capacity is sure to impress:
- F-450 Towing Capacity (Conventional Trailer): 24,200 pounds
- F-450 Towing Capacity (5th Wheel): 32,500 pounds
- F-450 Towing Capacity (Gooseneck): 37,000 pounds
With available specs like these, Racine-area drivers might wonder why they’d choose anything else! It all comes down to payload (and starting price), as the Ford F-450 pickup truck can only manage about 7,850 pounds in the bed. That’s certainly impressive, but it’s much less than you can tow with a properly equipped F-450 or F-550 Chassis Cab.
Choosing the Right Chassis Cab: F-450 vs. F-550
So, you’ve decided to make a choice between the Ford F-450 and Ford F-550 Chassis Cab models. Since both of these models share the vast majority of their features and specs, you’re on the right path no matter which way you end up going:
- Engines: Both the F-450 and the F-550 Chassis Cab models come equipped with a 7.3L V8 gas-powered engine. Either can be optioned with a 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel engine, too!
- Maximum Payload: Either Chassis Cab truck can haul a maximum payload of 12,750 pounds.
- Conventional Towing Capacity: The F-450 Chassis Cab can tow up to 17,500 pounds conventionally, while the F-550 can tow up to 18,500 pounds with a standard hitch. That’s right: the F-550 towing capacity gives you a slight edge from the start.
- Gooseneck Towing Capacity: For a dramatically increased maximum towing capacity, hook up a gooseneck hitch or a 5th wheel trailer. With the 6.7-liter diesel engine, you can tow a trailer weight of up to 24,100 pounds with either model.
For a closer look at the differences between these models, and the options available with both, stop in to talk with the team at Lynch Truck Center!
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