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3/4 Front Glamour 2015 Ford F-250
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The F-250 is the baby of the F-Series Super Duty lineup, bridging the gap between the medium-duty F-150 and the heaviest-duty F-350 and F-450 models. The F-250 gives buyers a less-expensive option that is still more than capable of towing a medium-sized trailer or boat regularly.

What's New for 2015

For 2015, the entire F-Series Super Duty lineup got a new engine, including the F-250. This new, second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine delivers extra power and better responsiveness, thanks to a shorter exhaust route from the engine to the turbo.

2015 Ford F-250

Choosing Your Ford F-250

For 2015, the F-250 received the fewest updates of the Super Duty models, as the F-450 and F-350 saw gains in many other areas. The F-250 comes standard with a 6.2-liter gasoline-powered V8 that produces 385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of twist. This engine mates to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that routes power to the rear wheels as standard, but it is also available with four-wheel drive. The optional engine is the second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel with 440 horses and 860 pound-feet of torque. Like the gasoline engine, this diesel engine comes with a six-speed auto transmission and drives the rear wheels as standard, but four-wheel drive is an option.

Other choices to make when picking your perfect F-250 are the cab setup -- regular, Crew Cab or Super Cab -- and whether you want a 6.75-foot bed or an 8-foot bed.

After those decisions are made, the rest of the process just depends on the features you want the truck to have. This decision is made simpler by the five distinct trim levels the 2015 F-0250 is available in:

XL

The XL trim level is the base setup for the 2015 Ford F-250, and it is available in all cab and bed formats. The XL comes standard with the basics needed for a pickup, including manual air conditioning, vinyl floor covering, map lights, two auxiliary power points, tilt and telescoping vinyl steering wheel, a two-speaker audio system with AM/FM capabilities, vinyl seating with a 60/40 split bench seat, steel bumpers painted black, black door handles and grille, lighted cargo area, tinted windows, Tailgate Assist and quick-release, trailer sway control, trailer hitch, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and 17-inch steel wheels. The entry fee into this base-level, hard-working pickup is $31,045.

XLT

Like the XL, the XLT trim level is available with all the cab and bed formats. This trim bumps the F-250's price to $34,765, but it adds some extra goodies to make it worth the extra money. The standard features on the XLT trim include front and rear cup holders, cruise control, soft-touch armrests, a carpeted floor with floor mats, power windows and door locks, four power outlets, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, four-way headrests, an AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system with four speakers and aux-in, Ford Sync Basic, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, black urethane steering wheel, cloth seats, chrome bumpers and grille, telescoping trailer mirrors with heat and spotter mirror, 18-inch cast aluminum wheels, and an integrated trailer brake controller.

Lariat

The Lariat trim level is available in only Crew Cab and Super Cab, but it does have both bed lengths available. This trim level pushes the F-250 even further upscale with loads of premium features, but these features come with a mild price hike to $42,840. The Lariat trim adds in dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, a 4.2-inch productivity screen, two 110-volt power outlets, a review camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a reverse-sensing system, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium audio system with nine speakers and AM/FX/CD/MP3/ SiriusXM capabilities, Sync with MyFord Touch, premium leather front seats with 10-way power adjustment, faux-leather rear seats, body-color door handles, fog lights, power telescoping side-view mirrors, sliding rear glass, shift-on-the-fly (four-wheel-drive models), and a 200-amp alternator.

King Ranch

The $50,800 King Ranch, which only comes as a Crew Cab with either a 6.75- or 8-foot bed, adds in some features exclusive to itself, but it is also builds upon the Lariat trim. The King Ranch adds remote start, a universal garage door opener, navigation, position memory for the front seats with easy entry and exit, heated and cooled front seats, accent-colored bumpers with step pad, cab steps with illuminated accents, chrome grille with body-color surround, lower-body and wheel-lip moldings, two-tone paint, and mirror-position memory. The King Ranch-exclusive features include a Mesa Brown leather-wrapped steering wheel and King Ranch Leather seating.

Platinum

Luxury and utility meet in the Platinum trim that sits atop the F-250 range. The $53,620 F-250 Platinum builds upon the Lariat trim by adding in features that are typically found on higher-end luxury sedans like memory for the adjustable pedals, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood trim and heat, a universal garage door opener, voice-activated navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, exclusive leather seating, 10-way power seats with memory and easy entry/exit, heated and cooled front seats, body-color bumpers, angular chrome cab steps, body-color door handles with chrome accents, a satin-chrome grille, mirror-position memory, a tailgate step with handle, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and chrome tow hooks.

2015 Ford F-250

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CarsDirect Tip

If you are planning to use the F-250 on a daily basis and are thinking about saving cash by purchasing the base XL trim, you may want to reconsider that. The vinyl seats and lack of features may quickly become unbearable for some buyers. It's best to swing the extra few thousand dollars and go for the XLT.





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