2018 Ford F-150 vs. F-250 Towing Capacity

Comparison of the F-150 & F-250 Towing

Does your workday require a certain level of towing power from your new pickup truck? It is important to select the proper Ford pickup truck model and engine equipped to handle your daily tasks. To help you decide whether the 2018 Ford F-150 or F-250 is right for you, the experts at Hutcheson Ford in St. James, MO have created the following page comparing the capacity, technology, and packages available with both pickup trucks. If you’d prefer to speak directly to a product specialist, contact our Ford dealership at (573) 265-7015.

How much can the 2018 Ford F-150 tow?

The 2018 Ford F-150 is equipped with best-in-class towing capacity at 13,200 lbs. However, there are a number of engine options available to provide the exact amount of towing capacity you require. View the table below for complete Ford F-150 towing specs.

Engine 3.3L V6 2.7L EcoBoost® I4 5.0L V8 3.5L EcoBoost® I4 High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 3.0L Power Stroke® diesel
Max. Towing 7,700 lbs. 9,000 lbs. 11,600 lbs. 13,200 lbs. 12,000 lbs. 11,400 lbs.

Towing Technology

Tow safely every time thanks to the advanced 2018 Ford F-150 towing technology. Take advantage of the following towing technology features available:

  • Pro Trailer Backup Assist™
  • 360-degree camera with split-view display
  • Smart Trailer Tow Connector
  • Trailer Sway Control
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Curve Control

A Ford F-150 loaded up with a trailer

Tow Package Options

The 2018 Ford F-150 has a number of towing packages available to enhance the performance of your pickup truck. Browse available packages and features in the table below.

Tow Package Features Included
Class IV Trailer Hitch
  • 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness
  • Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
  • Class IV trailer hitch receiver and Smart Trailer Tow Connector
Trailer Tow Package
  • Class IV trailer hitch receiver
  • Smart Trailer Tow Connector
  • Upgraded front stabilizer bar
Max. Trailer Tow Package
  • 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness
  • Auxiliary transmission oil cooler
  • Class IV trailer hitch receiver and Smart Trailer Tow Connector Trailer brake controller
  • Upgraded front and rear bumper

A Ford F-250 hauling a trailer through the mountains

What is the towing capacity of the 2018 Ford F-250?

Available with two engines and conventional or 5th-wheel gooseneck towing capability, the 2018 Ford F-250 can tow up to 18,500 lbs. View additional towing specifications in the table below.

Engine 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel 6.2L 2-Valve Gas V8
Max. Conventional Towing 14,000 lbs. (4×2) 15,000 lbs. (4×4) 18,000 lbs. (4×2) 17,500 lbs. (4×4)
Max. 5th-Wheel Gooseneck Towing 15,700 lbs. (4×2) 16,400 lbs. (4×4) 18,500 lbs. (4×2) 16,400 lbs. (4×4)

Towing Technology

  • Power telescoping/folding trailer tow mirrors
  • Smart Trailer Tow Connector
  • Trailer Reverse Guidance
  • Individual trailer tire pressure monitoring system
  • Front 180-degree camera
  • 360-degree camera with split-view display

Tow Package Options

Take the towing performance of your 2018 Ford F-250 to the next level with a towing package. Take a look at the table below for more information on the towing packages available when you choose the Ford F-250.

Tow Package Features Included
Tow Technology Bundle
  • Adaptive steering
  • Auto high-beam headlamps
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Lane-keeping alert
  • Driver Alert System
  • Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System
5th-Wheel/Gooseneck Trailer Tow Prep Package
  • 1 under-bed frame crossmember
  • 5 pickup bed 5th wheel/gooseneck attachment points and close-out plugs
  • Integrated 7-pin connecter
Camper Package
  • Front springs upgrade
  • Rear stabilizer bar
  • Auxiliary rear springs
  • Slide-in camper certification

How much power do I actually need?

Before you hook up your trailer to your Ford F-150 and F-250, it is important to know the capacity of your pickup truck to ensure safe towing. The 2018 Ford F-150 has a standard towing capacity of 7,700 lbs., which will allow you to tow items like boats, jet skis, and lightweight camping trailers. If you’re planning on towing heavier and larger trailers like two-horse trailers that are 25-ft. long or more, you’ll need a towing capacity of at least 9,000 lbs. For towing large camping trailers, large boats and multi-horse trailers, you’ll need the 18,500 lbs. of towing power offered by the F-250.

Ford F-150 and F-250 Inventory

Browse the new inventory of Ford F-150 and F-250 pickup trucks available in St. James, MO to find one that best suits your towing needs. Schedule a test drive in any of our pickup trucks available by contacting Hutcheson Ford at (573) 265-7015. At Hutcheson Ford, it’s not what we do, it’s how we do it!

A Ford F-250 hauling a trailer through a horse farm