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1997 Ford F-250

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1997 Ford F-250 Review

The best full-size pickup money can buy.

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The 1997 Ford F-250 provides a two- or four-wheel drive, full-size pickup truck available in a variety of regular and extended cab models. F-Series trucks have been the automobile of choice among consumers in the U.S. for decades, outselling all other vehicles on the market.

Drivers of the F-250 get the satisfaction of a joyous experience behind the wheel, highlighted by exceptional performance, easy handling, and a commanding presence on the road. It even looks good.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8, 5.4-liter V-8, 5.8-liter V-8, 7.3-liter V-8, 7.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford F-250 Regular Cab, Ford F-250 XL Regular Cab, Ford F-250 HD XL Regular Cab, Ford F-250 XLT Regular Cab, Ford F-250 HD XLT Regular Cab, Ford-F250 Lariat Regular Cab, Ford F-250 Extended Cab, Ford F-250 HD XL Extended Cab, Ford F-250 XL Extended Cab, Ford F-250 HD XLT Extended Cab, Ford F-250 XLT Extended Cab, Ford F-250 Lariat Extended Cab, Ford F-250 HD XL Crew Cab, Ford F-250 HD XLT Crew Cab

What's New

1997 marks the first year for the Ford F-250.


The 1997 Ford F-250 regular cab with a short bed has between a 213 and 218-inch length, a 78-inch width, a 73-inch height, and a 120-inch wheelbase. Models with long beds measure about 19 inches longer. Extended cabs add about 18 inches to the truck’s length. The F-250 features body-colored body-side molding, chrome front and rear bumpers, chrome trim on its bumpers and the side of its body, power chrome door mirrors, complex surface lens halogen headlights, a straight side pickup bed, a rear platform step, trailer towing preparation, a solar-reflective windshield, a fixed rear window, and privacy tinted glass. It has a gross weight of 8600 pounds and sits on 16-inch steel or alloy wheels.


The interior of the 1997 Ford F-250 regular cab fits two or three passengers, while the extended cab accommodates up to six passengers. In the front, it uses a split-back cloth or vinyl bench seat with head restraints and a folding armrest in the center, a cigar lighter, an ashtray, and two cup holders. It includes pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains logically arranged gauges for clear readability, conveniently placed controls for easy use, and a console that includes a storage box. Extended cabs have the option for a bench seat in the rear. The F-150 features an auxiliary power point, a lockable illuminated glove compartment, power locks, one-touch power windows, front reading lights, and an AM/FM stereo with four speakers. A cassette or CD player and leather seating remain optional.

Performance & Handling

The 1997 Ford F-250 offers six engine choices. A 4.6-liter V-8 spits out 220 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque; a 5.4-liter V-8 produces 235 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque; a 5.8-liter V-8 pumps out 210 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque; a 7.3-liter diesel-powered V-8 cranks out 235 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque; and a 7.5-liter V-8 cranks out 245 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Five-speed manual and four-speed automatic transmissions are available. This powerhouse shows exceptional performance, boasting powerful acceleration and a maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds.

The F-250 uses an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a semi-independent beam rear suspension with leaf springs. This results in a smooth and stable ride. It has excellent handling for a truck of its size, providing good balance when going around corners. Power steering proves effective, granting great feedback and allowing for precise control.


The 1997 Ford F-250 comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on two or all four wheels. Driver and front-passenger front-impact airbags come standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-250, 4.6-liter V-8: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Ford F-250, 5.4-liter V-8: 12/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-250, 5.8-liter V-8: 11/17 mpg city/highway
Ford F-250, 7.3-liter V-8: 10/16 mpg city/highway
Ford F-250, 7.5-liter V-8: 10/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Built to last
  • Strong performance
  • Comfortable ride

You Won't Like

  • Below average fuel economy
  • Uncomfortable rear seating
  • Engine noise

Sum Up

The best full-size pickup money can buy.

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