Ford F-150 vs. Ford F-250

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While the Ford F-150 tops the popularity chart for the automaker’s F-Series lineup of trucks, the are three other pickups that belong in the lineup. Above the F-150 sits the heavy-duty F-250. Larger, more powerful, more capable, and more expensive, the F-250 is aimed at consumers that spend the majority of their time driving with a trailer or large cargo attached to their pickup.

Beyond the F-250 being able to tow a lot more cargo than the F-150, there are a few differences that separate the two vehicles. If you’re looking into purchasing one of Ford’s large pickup trucks, which one should you go with? That’s what we’ll answer in this comparison.

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What The F-150 Gets Right

The most obvious advantage the F-150 has over the F-250 is its price. The F-150 currently starts at $30,635 (including destination), which is $5,290 less than the F-250. That money will go a long way in upgrading the F-150 to be a more comfortable pickup. Going with the F-150 will also save you some money in the long run, as it’s more efficient than the F-250. Heavy-duty pickup trucks like the F-250 aren’t tested by the EPA, while the F-150 is available with a new hybrid powertrain that can get up to 25 mpg combined.

When it comes to technology, the F-150 blows the F-250 out of the water. The F-150 comes with Ford’s latest SYNC4 infotainment system that can be controlled through a 12-inch touchscreen. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included with the larger touchscreen. The largest touchscreen the F-250 can be fitted with is an 8-inch unit that’s running Ford’s SYNC 3 system.

Comparing the smallest F-150 against the F-250 reveals a large difference between the two in size. The F-150 is 22.7 inches shorter in length and roughly three inches shorter in height compared to the F-250. If you’re worried about parking your truck in your garage, there’s little chance that the F-250 won't fit in the average garage. On the road, parking the F-250 is nearly impossible and frustration is bound to set in when driving the pickup in the city.

What The F-250 Gets Right

Obviously, the F-250 is far better at towing than the F-150. The F-250 boasts an impressive 22,800-pound towing capacity, while the F-150 maxes out at 14,000 pounds. When it comes to payload capacity, the F-250 can haul 4,260 pounds, which is a lot higher than the F-150’s payload capacity of 3,325 pounds.

The F-250’s incredible towing capacity comes from its massive engines. The available turbodiesel 6.7-liter V8 cranks out a stout 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque. It’s a beastly engine that gives the F-250 strong performance. The most powerful F-150 is a hybrid that comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and an electric motor for a combined output of 430 hp and 570 lb-ft of torque.

How Much Do You Need To Tow?

Few consumers really need 22,800 pounds of towing capacity from a pickup truck. Unless you’re towing that much weight regularly, the F-250 is overkill. The fact that it’s larger, not as comfortable, and not as tech-forward as the F-150 makes it hard to recommend over the smaller F-150.

Our Verdict: Ford F-150

The recently redesigned Ford F-150 is a pickup that can do it all. It can be luxurious at the top end, relatively efficient with the newly available hybrid powertrain, and packed with tons of modern tech features. It’s easier to drive than the F-250, too. If you figure out what kind of towing capacity you really need, you’ll find that the F-150 is probably more than enough.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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