Modern full-size pickup trucks are incredibly capable, but they still can't compare to heavy-duty options. The Ford F-250 may be the baby of the automaker's Super Duty lineup, but the pickup truck is still capable of towing up to 21,000 pounds, which will put a regular full-size pickup to shame. While extremely competent, heavy-duty pickup trucks aren't just for hauling large items anymore. With lush interiors, high-tech features, and comfortable handling, pickups like the F-250 are do-it-all machines that are incredibly gifted when it comes to towing.
What's New for 2018
After arriving as an all-new vehicle for 2017, the 2018 model carries over unchanged.
Choosing Your Ford F-250
There are two available engines throughout the entire F-250 lineup. The base engine is a 6.2-liter V8 that generates 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The motor is paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 is an option and produces 440 hp and 925 lb-ft of torque. That last figure, according to Ford, is best in class. Going with the turbodiesel engine brings a bespoke six-speed automatic gearbox to the pickup truck. Two-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is an optional extra.
Ford hasn't released the official breakdown of how much each F-250 model can tow, but when properly equipped, the pickup is capable of towing up to 21,000 lbs. With fifth wheel towing, that figure increases to 27,500 lbs. Maximum gooseneck towing for the F-250 is rated to be 34,000 lbs. The pickup has a maximum payload capacity of 7,630 lbs.
The F-250 is available in three different cab styles: Regular Cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab. The Regular Cab only offers seating for three, the Super Cab has rear-hinged doors and usable backseats, while the Crew Cab offers full-size rear doors and the most legroom in the rear. Going with the Regular Cab locks you into getting the 8.0-foot long bed, while the Super Cab and Crew Cab are available with both either an 8.0-foot bed or a 6.8-foot bed. Opting for a larger bed and the 176-inch wheelbase brings a massive 48-gallon fuel tank to the truck.
The F-250 is available in six different trims:
The entry-level F-250 XL Regular Cab is priced from $34,185 (all prices include the $1,295 destination fee). Moving to the Super Cab costs $2,335, while the Crew Cab costs an additional $3,595 over the regular configuration. The 6.2-liter V8 is standard, while the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 motor is an additional $8,995. The pickup truck is minimally equipped and comes with black door handles, a black bar-style grille, quad-dual beam halogen headlights, and black front and rear bumpers. On the inside, the XL features manual temperature control, a four-speaker audio system with the regular cab, a rearview camera, two instrument-panel-mounted 12 volt outlets, a vinyl 40/20/40 split front bench, and a 2.3-inch productivity screen.
The Power Equipment Group ($915) adds an accessory delay, manual-telescoping power glass trailer tow mirrors, power windows, a power tailgate lock, remote keyless entry, upgraded door-trim panel, and integrated clearance lamps and turn signals. The STX Appearance Package ($1,690) brings various exterior touches to the pickup, including: a bright chrome grille, chrome front and rear step bumpers, STX badges, and 18-inch wheels. The XL Value Package ($720) adds a 4.2-inch center stack screen, an AM/FM stereo with single CD/MP3 player, bright chrome hub covers, chrome front and rear step bumpers, and cruise control.
The F-250 XLT trim starts at $38,260 and adds some creature comforts over the base model. Standard exterior features on the trim include: a chrome bar-style grille, a power tailgate lock, and chrome steel front and rear bumpers. The interior comes with cloth seats, Sync Basic, cruise control, a 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen, and power door locks and windows. The XLT Value Package ($1,460) adds autolock/auto unlock, fog lamps, power-adjustable pedals, an eight-way power driver's seat (Super Cab and Crew Cab models), a two-way manual driver's seat (Regular Cab), a reverse sensing system, and SecuriCode keyless entry keypad.
The Lariat trim carries a price tag of $46,845 and brings some luxury to the pickup. Fog lamps, a chrome two bar style grille with a chrome insert, power heated exterior mirrors, LED spot lights, a pickup box, and a rear power sliding window with privacy glass are standard exterior features. The interior comes with leather-trimmed premium seats, 10-way power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, Sync 3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, an 8.0-inch productivity screen, a self-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel.
Available packages for the Lariat trim include the Chrome Package ($1,125) that adds 6.0-inch angular chrome step bars, 18-inch chrome PVD wheels, body-color door handles, a chrome exhaust tip, chrome pickup bed tie-down hooks, two front chrome tow hooks, and unique chrome mirror caps. The Lariat Value Package ($710) includes an easy entry/exit memory driver's seat, LED box lighting, power-adjustable pedals with memory, power heated/cooled driver and passenger seats, PowerScope trailer tow mirrors with memory, and remote start. The Tow Technology Package ($2,150) brings adaptive steering, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System, and lane keeping alert.
The aptly named King Ranch, which features Western-themed design elements, starts at $56,060. Exterior wise, the King Ranch carries a lot of the same features over from the Lariat, but the interior adds: unique King Ranch leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, navigation, power adjustable pedals with memory, dual map lights, a remote start system, a heated steering wheel, a secondary glove box, and a unique King Ranch steering wheel.
Available packages for the King Ranch trim include the Chrome Package and Tow Technology Package, which include the same features as the lower trims. The FX4 Off-Road Package ($400) adds Hill Descent Control, skid plates for the transfer case and fuel tank, specially tuned shocks, and unique “FX4 Off-Road” box decals. The King Ranch Ultimate Package ($2,960) brings LED taillights, LED fog lamps, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert and trailer tow, quad LED headlights, a twin-panel moonroof, power-deployable running boards, multicontour seats, and a tailgate step.
The Platinum trim – the range-topping model for the 2017 F-250 – comes with numerous luxury features over the lower models. The Platinum trim carries a starting price tag of $63,995 and adds: unique Platinum leather seats, rear heated seats, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert and trailer tow, adaptive steering, a self-dimming rearview mirror, a reverse sensing system, a lane keeping alert system, and a universal garage door opener. The Platinum shares a lot of the same available packages as the lower trims.
The Limited trim is new for 2018 and slots in as the most expensive and luxurious model in the F-250 lineup. The Limited trim starts at $80,835 and adds power deployable cab steps, LED lighting, and a remote tailgate release. The interior features unique two-tone leather seats, adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support, upfitter switches, a 180/360-degree camera system, trailer reverse guidance, and the ultimate trailer tow camera system. The Limited trim has a lot of the same packages as lower trims.
While having a heavy-duty pickup truck with the same luxury features as a grand tourer sounds attractive, the majority of luxury features can be added to lower trims. The XLT trim combines comfort and capability at an affordable price and has various options to make the truck more luxurious. The XLT Value Package adds some luxury and usable features, while things like a reverse sensing system and blind-spot monitoring are worth looking into separately.