Ford F-250

The Ford F-250 falls in an extremely competitive vehicle class, that of the heavy-duty pickup truck. Ads for these vehicles come just shy of claiming that these trucks can tow a small Midwestern town or steamroll through a Central American country without even getting a flat tire. The public expects much of these trucks, and constant pressure from the competition results in continuous upgrades, re-designs, and new features. Ford considers everything to get a leg up on the fierce heavy-duty pickup competition.

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Ford F-250 Origins

These trucks focus on torque and towing capacity. While buyers of this vehicle show a fair amount of brand loyalty, cross-shopping truck drivers encourage manufacturers to push for improvement and gain. Nevertheless, close-examining cross-shoppers look mostly at the details. Many feel that Ford has a slight edge in this respect and the F-250 Super Duty reflects this.

The F-250 remains the lightest model in Ford’s Super Duty series. The F-350 and F-450 weigh more, offer more power, and come at a higher price. A buyer can do more with accessories on the F-250 because of the lower price point and the lighter truck will handle better, especially in everyday driving.

About the Ford F-250

Ads constantly remind us that these trucks are as tough and manly as the men who drive them. This attitude explains why the F-250 has such a powerful and stout appearance. These trucks have to look the part and the F-250 certainly does just that.

It comes in two box lengths and three cab styles. The two-door regular cab comes with the eight-foot box. The four-door SuperCab and four-door CrewCab offer either the 6.8-foot box or the eight-foot box. The CrewCab has traditionally hinged doors, while the SuperCab has rear-hinged doors for added access.

The F-250 contains a standard 6.2-liter gasoline V-8 that produces 385 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of peak torque. The optional 6.7-liter turbodiesel V-8 generates 400 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of peak torque. The diesel engine requires an after-treatment system that needs replenishment of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) about every 7500 miles so that it can meet the latest air emission standards. Both engines mate to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Super Duty can tow up to 14,000 pounds with a conventional trailer setup and proper options. A fifth-wheel configuration provides 16,700 pounds of towing capacity. Maximum payload capacity tops out at 4290 pounds.

Ford F-250 Features

The F-250 offers four trim packages: XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch. The SuperCab and CrewCab can have the Lariat package, the King Ranch applies only to the CrewCab. The XL has 17-inch steel wheels, a black grille and bumpers, and manual-telescoping trailer tow mirrors. The XLT includes a chrome grille and bumpers, heated outside mirrors, cast-aluminum wheels, and an integrated trailer brake controller. The Lariat adds fog lights, power telescoping mirrors, rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, and a power-sliding rear window. The King Ranch boasts power-folding and telescoping tow mirrors, two-tone paint, a body-colored grille with chrome insert, and a rear-view camera. Other options include PowerScope towing mirrors, a power moonroof, tubular side steps or running boards, and a spray-in bedliner.

The interior features of the F-250 make it more comfortable than work trucks of old. The XL has air-conditioning, vinyl floor coverings and upholstery, a 40/20/40-split front bench, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a two-speaker AM/FM radio. The XLT then adds cruise control, full power accessories, keyless entry, a carpeted floor, cloth upholstery, lockable storage with a power point under the rear seat, and a four-speaker AM/FM sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Lariat adds even more with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, a large trip computer screen, wood grain trim, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, power-adjustable pedals, a middle front seat that converts into a center console, eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with power lumbar adjustment), the Ford Sync voice activation system, and an eight-speaker audio system with satellite radio. If drivers want even more, they can opt for the King Ranch that features a remote start, upgraded Chapparal leather upholstery with matching floor mats and door trim, heated and ventilated seats, and driver seat memory.

For its class, the F-250 is quiet, handles well, and rides surprisingly smooth. The only complaint remains the steering, which doesn’t match up to the competition and may cause a decrease in driver confidence. Unfortunately, towing amplifies the steering concern.

Ford F-250 Evolution

The Ford F-Series trucks have been around since 1948. Needless to say, they have seen significant changes over the years. The 1960s brought a more updated exterior design and more power with a V-8 353 offering 208 hp. 1972 saw significant changes to the grille. Slight modifications to the engine and exterior look continued for the next 10 years, but in 1987 Ford released the new look for its F-Series trucks. They updated the instrument panel, added anti-lock brakes, and improved the engine to a 7.5-liter V-8. In 1998, the F-250 changed its body style again and joined the Super Duty line.

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