2009 Ford F-250

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2009 Ford F-250 Review

A comfortable cabin and serious work capacity.

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Overview

Many consider the 2009 Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup to offer the ultimate pickup experience. The vehicle entered into 2009 with several notable features. Ford Sync employs a voice command for mobile phones, the music system, and the navigation system. The latter can also provide gas prices, sport scores, weather updates, and movie schedules through the Sirius Travel Link.

The Ford Work Solutions package offers an optional onboard system that helps those who work from their trucks. The very innovative Tool Link system allows the driver to keep tabs on the tools kept in the truck via radio-frequency tracking. A factory-applied, spray-in, heavy-duty bed liner is also available with the vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, SuperCab (extended cab), crew cab
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8, 6.8-liter V-10, 6.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: Ford F-250 XL, Ford F-250 XLT, Ford F-250 FX4, Ford F-250 Lariat

What's New

For the 2009 model year, the F-250 Super Duty extends its appeal with new features such as the Sync multimedia voice-control system and the power-telescoping tow mirrors. Other options include a dashboard computer with Internet access and a lockable, large compartment in between the bed and the cab. Both options intend to please those who literally eat out of their pickups.

For the more rugged enthusiasts, the new Cabela's FX4 package, which pays tribute to the popular outdoor aficionados with a very fancy paint scheme, offers a new add-on. The cabin upgrades and the emblems provide new add-ons as well.

Exterior

The exterior of the truck has a sporty feel to it and a metallic finish.

The 2009 Ford F-250 comes in four trim levels. These include the XL, XLT, FX4, and Lariat. The regular cabs come only in the XLT and XL trims. The FX4 and XL remain the two most popular trims.

The XL variant suits those who simply need a basic pickup truck. It offers air-conditioning, plain vinyl upholstery, a FM/AM radio, manual trailer-tow mirrors, and 17-inch wheels.

The XLT version adds keyless entry, chrome wheels, heated and power trailer tow mirrors, privacy glass, an integrated trailer brake controller, cloth upholstery, a 40/20/40 front bench, a CD player with an auxiliary audio input jack, full power accessories, and cruise control.

The FX4 trim of the pickup upgrades to off-road hardware that includes heavy-duty shock absorbers, skid plates, a manual-shift transfer case, and a limited-slip rear axle. The trim also adds a power driver’s seat and front bucket seats, folding mirrors, power telescoping, and satellite radio.

The high-end Lariat version offers several luxuries such as running boards, 18-inch alloy wheels, a power-sliding rear window, heated and dual-power front seats, leather upholstery, automatic dual-zone climate control, and a Sync multimedia voice-controlled system.

Interior

The rugged, industrial-looking cabin is the signature of the 2009 Ford F-250 pickup truck. The interior uses good materials; chrome accents surround the air vents and the gauges, and the center stack places controls within easy reach. The dual door pockets and the massive center armrest/console provide a generous in-cabin storage facility. The center console box, in fact, can accommodate a laptop. In the crew cab variant, folding of the rear seats reveals a flip-out tray, which keeps the load floor flat.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Ford F-250 pickup offers three engine choices. These include the standard 5.4-liter V-8 that can generate 300 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, the optional 6.8-liter V-10 engine that generates 362 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque, and the most popular 6.4-liter V-8 that produces 350 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.

Irrespective of the choice of engine, customers get a choice of transmission—either a five-speed automatic or a six-speed manual system available either as a four-wheel or a two-wheel drive.

Once properly equipped, the pickup can tow over 12,000 pounds and handle 3,200 pounds of payload.

Safety

While the anti-lock disc brakes come standard on all versions of the pickup, the models do not offer side curtain or side airbags. The rear parking sensors and the power-adjustable pedals are optional for the Lariat and XLT trims, both of which come equipped with an automatic transmission.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford F-250 XL: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Ford F-250 with four-wheel drive and a 5.4-liter V-8: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Refined handling and ride
  • Available trailer brake controller
  • Smooth-shifting auto transmission

You Won't Like

  • Weaker V-8 than the competition
  • No side airbags
  • No telescopic steering

Sum Up

A comfortable cabin and serious work capacity.

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