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2005 Ford F-250

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2005 Ford F-250 Review

A heavier duty pickup than the 2005 Ford F-150.

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The 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty comes in three model types just like the 2005 Ford F-150. The available model types include Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab configurations. Only the XL and XLT models offer the Regular Cab type, but the other two types include the XL, XLT, and Lariat. Each model type of this pickup truck comes in either a two-door or a four-door configuration. The Regular Cab models have two doors, the SuperCab models use two full-size doors and two smaller ones, and the Crew Cabs provide four standard-size doors.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door pickup truck, four-door pickup truck
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive, four-speed automatic with overdrive
Models: Ford F-250 XL, Ford F-250 XLT, Ford F-250 Lariat

What's New

All motors add power for 2005. The standard transmission has been upgraded to a six-speed manual in all 2005 Ford F-250 models. But, the available five-speed automatic transmission also provides an upgrade, as does a new front suspension that improves handling. Hauling and towing capacities also get kicked up a notch. The Harley-Davidson package shows a few exterior tweaks.


With payload bays capable of carrying very weighty loads and engines that make the trucks capable of pulling a heavy load, the 2005 Ford F-250s are masters of hauling and towing. Both of these capacities show improvement in all models for 2005. The very top model, the Lariat Crew Cab, has previously offered a Harley-Davidson trim package, but the exterior changes to this package include ""flame"" paint. Many exterior attributes come from some of the 2005 Ford F-150 and F-350 models. However, the exterior of the F-250 Super Duty looks especially different from the F-150 at the front end. A massive grille completely changes the look. The wheelbase of the Regular Cab models measures 137 inches. On the SuperCab models, the wheelbase increases to 141.8 inches. Finally, the Crew Cab models have a wheelbase of 172.4 inches. These wheelbases support an eight-foot bed in the single cab models and a bed of either 6.75 or eight feet in the extended cab models.


The cabs of all 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty models seat two or three people up front. All extended cab models have three additional rear seats provided by a fold-away bench. Of course, the material used for the upholstery and the interior trim vary by model and model type.

Performance & Handling

The performance and handling of 2005 Ford F-250 models improves from previous years because of a bettered front suspension. As always, the manual transmission leads to a somewhat bumpy ride and unsmooth acceleration changes. Nevertheless, opting for automatic transmission solves these problems.

Models of the 2005 Ford F-250 contain one of three different engines and one of two types of transmission. Regular Cab models employ a 5.4-liter V-8. SuperCabs use a six-liter V-8. Crew Cab models contain an ultra-powerful 6.8-liter V-10. All eight models come with standard manual transmissions. All types of all models offer an upgrade to a five-speed automatic transmission. The models with 5.4-liter V-8s have a horsepower of 300 and 365 lb-ft of torque, just like the 2005 Ford F-150 models with the biggest engine. However, in the 2005 Ford F-250 lineup this same engine marks the smallest. Hence, the 2005 Ford F-150 remains comparable but less powerful. The six-liter V-8s produce a horsepower of 325 and 570 lb-ft of torque. The 6.8-liter V-10s generate 362 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. Models come with rear or all-wheel drive.


Two front-impact airbags, a cancellable passenger airbag, and anti-lock brakes come standard on all models. While the upper model also has a panic alarm standard, this feature remains optional on the XLS and unavailable for the XL.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-250 5.4-liter V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Many models and model types
  • Crew cabs and extended cabs
  • Offroad ability
  • Hauls heavy loads
  • High towing capacity
  • Several engine options

You Won't Like

  • Poor maneuverability
  • Noisy engine
  • Low gas mileage

Sum Up

A heavier duty pickup than the 2005 Ford F-150.

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