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2002 Ford F-250

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2002 Ford F-250 Review

The right truck choice for Ford fans with moderate to high towing and hauling needs.

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For both commercial and private use, trucks come in handy. Whether folks want a solid work truck, a mechanical farm hand, or just basic transportation Ford meets all of these needs and more with the F-250 series. Like the F-350 Super Duty series, this family of trucks not only looks attractive but shows off its power with impressive V-8 engines capable of towing and hauling quite a bit of weight. Available in regular, crew, and SuperCab models, the F-250 makes a good choice for anyone looking for a used truck capable of handling anything.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size pickup truck
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual
Models: regular cab: Ford F-250 XL, Ford F-250 XLT; Supercab: Ford F-250 XL, Ford F-250 XLT, Ford F-250 Lariat; crew cab: Ford F-250 XL, Ford F-250 XLT, Ford F-250 Lariat

What's New

Ford makes several changes to the F-350 for the 2002 model year. This truck with the 6.8- or 5.4-liter engine now comes standard with the six-speed manual transmission. The 6.8-liter option offers better shifting and performance than ever before. Roof ride handles come standard on all of the F-350 trim levels and telescoping trailer mirrors can be folded forward as well. The XL receives upgraded visors while the XLT and Lariat get improved seats with more bolstering and lumbar support.


The Ford F-250 for the 2002 model year intends to be more than just a pretty face. This truck has dramatic looks and the personality to match. The high hood, distinctive front bumper, and large grille enhance the 2002 Ford F-250’s powerful look. It turns heads on the streets, highways, or even on the job site. Sixteen-inch steel wheels can be found on the basic trim levels. The larger cab trucks and higher trim levels offer 16-inch alloy wheels. Ford offers this family of trucks in a variety of exterior colors. Some of the popular options include Dark Highland Green Metallic, Sonic Blue Metallic, and Red.


Some of the changes to the 2002 Ford F-250 involve the interior cabin space. While not every trim level provides luxury, Ford makes every attempt to update the cabin space. An enormous center console corrects the poor storage space from previous years. Updated and more luxurious materials improve the cabin as well. The F-250 features chrome accents around the air vents for a more polished appearance.

Performance & Handling

With the 2002 Ford F-250’s redesigned chassis and suspension system drivers get a treat. The truck offers a smooth ride, especially for a vehicle of its class, and the reinforced chassis ensures the truck can still provide the power to tow or haul in any situation. Acceleration and handling meet expectations for a one-ton truck. It certainly performs well on and offroad. Handling, responsiveness, and maneuverability create part of the charm of these trucks. For such a large vehicle, the F-250 offers a smooth, comfortable ride.


While the Ford F-250 from the 2002 model year comes equipped with a variety of safety features, note that this model does not offer side or side-curtain airbags with any trim level. The 2002 Ford F-250 comes with standard anti-lock brakes. It uses ventilated front and solid rear disc brakes. Child seat anchors assist parents and caregivers who may need to transport young ones in the truck. It also comes equipped with pretensioning front seat belts for added security. Trucks with a rear seat have a center lap seat belt as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-250: Unavailable

You'll Like

  • Decent off-road capabilities
  • Variety of configurations
  • Solid construction
  • Enormous conventional trailer capacity

You Won't Like

  • Unimpressive fuel economy
  • Stiff ride when not loaded
  • Too big for some drivers
  • Loud drivetrains

Sum Up

The right truck choice for Ford fans with moderate to high towing and hauling needs.

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