Ford F-150 vs. F-250 vs. F-350: Comparing Towing Capacity, Payload, & More

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Ford is the top-selling truck in all of America, so choosing this brand is a no-brainer. The F-Series of trucks actually consist of multiple models: the F-150, the F-250, and the F-350. There’s also an F-450, but once you go higher, those models are classified as commercial vehicles and need special licenses to operate. We’ll stick with comparing the most commonly sold Ford trucks that are classified as passenger vehicles. Depending on the size and equipment options of each model, there are wide variations in engine output, towing capacity, and payload specs. Alternatively, we also have a list of Every Truck Ranked by Towing Capacity if you’d like to compare every truck model currently available on the U.S. market.

Comparing the Ford F-Series Models

Along with the Chevy Silverado, The F-150, F-250, and F-350 are among the most popular trucks on the market.  The biggest difference between these models is, of course, the size. Each model offers more powerful specs than the last. So, depending on what you plan to tow, you’ll have to choose a model accordingly.

Engine Size & Output

As the number rises (150,250,350), the size and power of the vehicle increase. Because of this, each truck has a different type of engine. The 2023 Ford F-150, in particular, has many engine options. It comes with six choices (though we would argue the electric F-150 Lightning is basically its own stand-alone model). Ford previously offered a diesel engine for the F-150; however, that option has been discontinued.

F-150 Engine Options Horsepower Torque
3.3L Ti-VCT V6 290-hp 265 lb-ft
2.7L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged V6 325-hp 400 lb-ft
3.5L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged V6 400-hp 500 lb-ft
5.0L Ti-VCT V8 400-hp 410 lb-ft
3.5L PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 450-hp 570 lb-ft
 5.2L Supercharged V8 700-hp 640 lb-ft
*These performance specs are the maximum capability for each when properly equipped.*

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The 2023 Ford F-250 and Ford F-350 are both considered “Super Duty,” and your engine options are limited to four choices for both trucks.

Super Duty Engine Options Horsepower Torque
6.7-liter HO PowerStroke Diesel 500-hp 1,200 lb-ft
7.3L Godzilla 2-Valve V8 Gas 430-hp 485 lb-ft
6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel 475-hp 1,050 lb-ft
6.8L V8 Gas 405-hp 445lb-ft
*These performance specs are the maximum capability for each when properly equipped.*

Towing Capacity

Towing capacity sets these three trucks apart from each other. The 2023 Ford F-150 is one of the most versatile because it comes in a variety of trims and options, but it tows the least. It has a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 lbs. with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine and a 141.1-inch 4×2 wheelbase. The lowest amount the F-150 can tow is 8,200 lbs. with the 3.3-liter V6 engine and RWD as you can see in this truck towing capacity chart.

F-150 Engine Options Towing Capacity
3.3L Ti-VCT V6 8,200 lbs
2.7L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged V6 10,100 lbs
3.5L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged V6 14,000 lbs
5L Ti-VCT V8 13,000 lbs
3.5L PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 12,700 lbs
5.2L Supercharged V8 8,200 lbs
*These performance specs are the maximum capability for each when properly equipped.*
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The regular cab for the 2023 F-250 has a maximum towing capacity of up to 15,000 lbs. regardless of the engine choice. However, if you choose to buy the super cab, your towing capacity can go up to 23,000 lbs. with the 6.7L HO diesel engine and gooseneck towing.

Super Duty Engines F-250 Towing F-250 Gooseneck Towing
6.7-liter HO PowerStroke Diesel 22,000 lbs 23,000 lbs
7.3L Godzilla 2-Valve V8 Gas 17,200 lbs 17,200 lbs
6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel 22,000 lbs 22,900 lbs
6.8L V8 Gas 14,800 lbs 14,800 lbs
*These performance specs are the maximum capability for each when properly equipped.*

The 2023 F-350 with 7.3 L Gas V8 engine will get you up to 21,200 pounds of towing capacity. With the 6.7 L Power Stroke Diesel V8 engine and a 10-speed transmission on a Regular Cab, you will get a maximum towing capacity of 35,400 pounds using a gooseneck trailer.

Super Duty Engines F-350 Towing F-350 Gooseneck Towing
6.7-liter HO PowerStroke Diesel 26,700 lbs 32,900 lbs
7.3L Godzilla 2-Valve V8 Gas 18,900 lbs 18,800 lbs
6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel 24,800 lbs 32,600 lbs
6.8L V8 Gas 18,700 lbs 18,900 lbs
*These performance specs are the maximum capability for each when properly equipped.*

Payload

Again, the 2023 F-150 has the least payload possible since it’s the smallest truck. The lowest payload is 1,985 lbs with the 3.3L engine, but you can get a maximum of 3,325 lbs. with the 5.0L engine.

F-150 Engine Options Payload
3.3L Ti-VCT V6 1,985 lbs
2.7L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged V6 2,480 lbs
3.5L EcoBoost Twin-Turbocharged V6 3,250 lbs
5.0L Ti-VCT V8 3,326 lbs
3.5L PowerBoost Full Hybrid V6 2,120 lbs
 5.2L Supercharged V8 1,400 lbs
*These performance specs are the maximum capability for each when properly equipped.*

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With the F-250, the payload increases slightly, and you can get up to 4,260 lbs. The best payload comes from the F-350, of course, with a maximum payload of 7,850 lbs.

 

Super Duty Engines F-250 Payload F-350 Payload
6.7-liter HO PowerStroke Diesel 4,002 lbs 6,992 lbs
7.3L 2-Valve V8 Gas 4,199 lbs 7,685 lbs
6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel 4,145 lbs 7,100 lbs
6.8L V8 Gas 4,302 lbs 8,000 lbs
*These performance specs are the maximum capability for each when properly equipped.*

Curb Weight

The final difference between the three trucks is the amount of curb weight possible. With the 2023 F-150, you can get a curb weight between 4,021 to 5,740 lbs. The 2023 F-250 has a curb weight between  5,692 to 7,401 lbs. Finally, the 2023 F-350 has the highest curb weight, between 5,877 to 7,868 lbs, depending on which engine option you choose.

Consider all engine options when choosing a Ford F-150, Super Duty F-250, or F-350. The engine options will greatly affect your towing capacity. For smaller trailers, an F-150 may be perfectly suited for your needs, but if you have a larger trailer or boat to tow, you’ll want to consider a Super Duty model.

For a comparison between the F-150 and Chevy Silverado, check out this guide.