2020 Ford F-250 Overview

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - January 16, 2020

What's New

The 2020 Ford F-250 gets a variety of changes to keep it fresh against newer competitors on the market. On the outside, the full-size pickup truck gets a revised front end design that improves cooling while towing large cargo. Updated LED headlights, a refreshed tailgate design, revised taillights, and a new rear bumper are also included in the slight refresh.

Under the hood, the F-250 is available with an all-new engine: a 7.3-liter V8. Ford’s claiming best-in-class power, as the engine is rated at 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. The automaker has updated the 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel engine for more torque. A new 10-speed automatic transmission is offered for these two motors.

New technology has also been added to the pickup. Pro Trailer Backup Assist gives drivers the ability to use a knob to steer a trailer with the rearview camera acting as a display. Wi-fi hot spot with a 4G LTE model that’s capable of handling up to 10 devices has been added.

Lastly, there’s a new Tremor Off-Road Package that includes a front-end lift, 35-inch tires, 1.7-inch twin-tube dampers, progressive-rate springs, and 18-inch wheels. Pickups with the off-road package also come with a unique rock-crawl mode.

Choosing Your Ford F-250

The F-250 is available in six trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. Pricing starts at $35,300 including destination for the XL and goes up to $85,195 for the Limited.

There are also three cab styles: Regular Cab (two front doors), SuperCab (two smaller rear-hinged doors), and Crew Cab (four full-size doors). The XL and XLT are available with any of the three, the Lariat with the SuperCab or Crew Cab, and the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited only with the Crew Cab.

Engine Choices

There are three engine options for the F-250. All of them are massive V8s with impressive performance. All but the Limited come standard with a 6.2-liter V8, and offer the new 7.3-liter V8 for $2,045 or the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel for $10,495. The Limited comes standard with the turbodiesel.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueMax Towing Capacity
6.2L V8385 hp430 lb-ft15,800 pounds
7.3L V8430 hp475 lb-ft19,600 pounds
6.7L Turbodiesel V8475 hp1,050 lb-ft22,800 pounds

The base V8 comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the other two V8s are paired with the 10-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is offered.

Seeing as how pricey the turbodiesel is, the new 7.3-liter V8 seems like the sweet spot. It's much more capable than the base V8 and gets the new 10-speed automatic.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Depending on the cab configuration, the F-250 can seat between three to six. There are two bed sizes for the pickup: a 6-foot-9-inch bed and an 8-foot bed. The smaller offers 65.4 cubic feet of cargo capacity, while the larger brings 78.5 cubic feet.

Safety Features

Heavy-duty pickups have never been recognized for their safety features and it’s the same case for the F-250. Automatic high beams are the only noteworthy standard feature on the XL trim.

Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are bundled together for $540 on the base model, while the same goes for automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning for $115. All of these features come standard starting on the XLT, however, along with lane keeping assist.

The Platinum and Limited also get adaptive cruise control, which is available for $740 on Lariats with the Crew and King Ranch models. The King Ranch and up come with Ford’s Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with Pro Trailer Backup Assist as standard, which includes a surround-view camera.

Connectivity

The base F-250 comes with a 2.3-inch screen, wi-fi hot spot, Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, Bluetooth, one USB port, and two power outlets. Moving up to the XLT brings the more up-to-date SYNC 3 infotainment system and an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

XL - From $35,300

The XL comes with 17-inch steel wheels, manual air conditioning, manual door locks and windows, and vinyl upholstery. It's also the only trim to feature the small infotainment screen, so it's best avoided except as a work truck.

The $1,125 Power Equipment Group adds many more convenience features, such as power locks, a power tailgate lock, power first- and second-row windows, remote keyless entry, and more.

XLT - From $40,080

The XLT comes with 18-inch wheels, power windows, cloth upholstery, cruise control, and the 8-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3.

The XLT Value Package ($1,460) brings a keyless entry pad, rear parking sensors, an eight-way power driver's seat, fog lights, and power-adjustable pedals (except on the Regular Cab).

Lariat - From $48,195

Moving up to the Lariat adds heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard features.

The Lariat Value Package ($710) bundles remote start, trailer tow mirrors with memory functionality, heated and ventilated front seats, LED box lighting, and memory for the driver's seat.

King Ranch - From $60,595

With the King Ranch, you’re getting a remote start system, unique King Ranch leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a remote tailgate release as standard.

The King Ranch Ultimate Package ($3,350) comes a twin-panel moonroof, multi-contour seats, a tailgate step, power-deployable running boards, and LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights.

Platinum - From $67,490

Adaptive cruise control, quad-beam LED headlights, LED taillights, 20-inch wheels, leather upholstery, power-deployable running boards, and multi-contour seats are standard on the Platinum trim.

Limited - From $85,195

The range-topping Limited trim comes with the turbodiesel engine, the twin-panel moonroof, and Highland Tan leather upholstery as standard.

Compare F-250 Trims Side-By-Side

CarsDirect Tip

Both extremes of the 2020 Ford F-250 lineup are worth skipping. Instead, we recommend sticking with the Lariat trim, which has more convenience features than lower models, but skips out on the expensive luxury stuff higher models come with.

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