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.
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:
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.