The 2022 Ford F-250 gains the latest-generation infotainment system partnered with a 12-inch touchscreen on the Lariat and up trims, a new Lariat Sport Appearance Package, standard four-wheel drive on the King Ranch and Platinum trims, extended availability of the electronic locking rear differential, and the availability of the Black Appearance Package on the XLT trim.
2022 Ford F-250
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2022 Ford F-250 Overview
Choosing your Ford F-250
The Ford F-250 is available in six trims, the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. Base prices range from $38,190 to $88,325. As before, Ford also offers the larger F-350 and F-450 pickups for even greater capability.
There are three engine options for the F-250.
The 6.2-liter gasoline V8 is standard on all trims (except for the Limited) and its 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque are routed to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
A 7.3-liter gasoline V8 is available for $2,045 and it generates 430 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The 6.7-liter diesel V8 is standard on the Limited trim and optional on the others for $10,495 achieves 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound-feet of torque and is fitted to a 10-speed transmission. An electronically shifting four-wheel-drive system with low range is available on the XL, XLT, and Lariat trims for about $2,800 and is standard on the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. An electronic-locking rear differential is a $390 stand-alone option.
The EPA does not rate trucks with gross vehicle weight ratings over 8,500 pounds, such as the F-250, due to the wide variances in vehicle loading and operational conditions between customer applications. The gasoline engines require only 87 octane.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The F-250 is available in three different cab configurations (regular, super cab, and crew cab), two different bed lengths (6.75-foot and 8-foot), and stretches from 231.8 inches to 266.2 inches in overall length. The popular crew cab short-bed configuration measures 250 inches in length, rides on a 159.8-inch wheelbase, and sits 80 inches wide. Four-wheel drive models stand 81.5 inches tall before any options are fitted and the open tailgate lift-over height is 37.2 inches.
When configured with the regular cab, there are no rear seats but Ford provides 11.6 cubic feet of space for cargo. The super cab provides seating for up to six with 33.5 inches of legroom provided for the rear passengers while the crew cab offers 43.6 inches of rear legroom or 52.1 cubic feet of interior cargo volume.
Payload ratings for the F-250 max-out at 4,160 pounds (with the regular cab configuration) while the crew cab with the short bed and four-wheel drive can haul up to 3,470 pounds.
Towing capacity for a bumper-pull trailer with the gasoline engines tops out at 15,000 pounds when also equipped with the shorter (higher-numerically) axle ratio. The diesel can tow up to 20,000 pounds when configured with the crew cab and four-wheel drive.
When fitted to a 5th wheel or gooseneck-style trailer, the F-250 sees its maximum capacity increase to 23,500 pounds although that rating is only achieved in the two-wheel-drive regular cab guise. The popular crew cab, short bed with four-wheel drive is rated at 19,100 pounds with the diesel engine and 18,600 pounds with the larger of the two gasoline engines.
The F-250 starts off without the active safety features that have become commonplace among passenger vehicles, but the XL trim is focused on the commercial industry where price and ability to be precisely configured are king. Automatic emergency braking is offered for just $115 and blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage and rear cross-traffic alert is available for $540 through the Power Equipment Group which itself has essential consumer-minded features.
The XLT adds those optional packages and also receives automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, and reverse sensing while the King Ranch and above trims include adaptive cruise control.
Most of the configurations earn a four-star overall rating from NHTSA and the F-250 has not been rated by IIHS.
The F-250 XL comes standard with Ford Sync which includes FordPass connect telematics services that allows for more vehicle oversight and provides a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices.
The XLT trim gains SiriusXM with 360L and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with Sync 3 while the Lariat and above trims get a new 12-inch touchscreen running Sync 4 with enhanced voice recognition skills, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, navigation, and a Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker premium sound system.
The XLT trim gains additional USB, 12V, and 100V power ports, and the King Ranch and above trims feature a wireless charging pad.
The XL trim’s standard list of features is clearly focused on the needs of a commercial user with black painted steel bumpers, a locking tailgate, black painted bumpers, 17-inch steel wheels, a molded-in color black grille, manually adjusted mirrors, bed lighting, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, vinyl seating surfaces, and manual controls for the windows and door locks.
There are several notable option packages available to bring it more in line with the expectations of a typical consumer such as the Power Equipment Group ($915) that features power locks, windows, and mirrors (with heating and integrated turn signals), and updated door trim, the STX Appearance Package ($1,825) that adds a bright chrome grille, chrome bumpers, cruise control, and 18-inch alloy wheels, and the FX4 off-road package ($400) that adds an electronic locking rear differential, hill descent control, off-road dampers, and additional skid plates for the fuel tank and transfer case to the four-wheel-drive models.
The Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with Pro Trailer Backup Assist is available for $1,655 (with the STX Appearance and Power packages already selected) and features a surround-view camera, an LED third brake light with an integrated bed-view camera, and backup steering assist.
The XLT is a good starting place for most consumers as it includes the Power Equipment Group, chrome exterior trim, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a 4.2-inch driver information display, cloth seats, carpeted flooring, and a trailer brake controller. The XLT Value Package ($1,340) includes an eight-way power driver’s seat, reverse sensors, fog lights, and a keyless entry pad.
The super cab and crew cab models offer the XLT Premium Package that extends chrome to the running boards, mirror housings, tow hooks, door handle inserts, and exhaust tip, and includes heated front seats and the features of the XLT Value Package. Because the XLT Premium Package requires other feature selections too, its out-the-door cost is $3,335.
The newly-available (but limited to four-wheel-drive models) Black Appearance Package ($2,630) trades chrome for gloss black-painted 20-inch wheels, logos, grille, running boards, and body-color front and rear bumpers.
The Lariat is available with the super cab or crew cab and steps up the interior with improved trim and soft-padded surfaces, leather seats with 10-way power-adjustability for the driver and eight-way for the passenger, dual-zone climate control, an eight-inch driver information display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a power sliding rear window. The exterior gains power telescoping and folding mirrors with approach and utility lighting, chrome running boards, additional chrome inserts on the grille, and fog lights.
The Tremor Off-Road Package ($3,975) requires four-wheel drive, one of the two engine upgrades, and is limited to the crew cab configuration. It includes an electronically locking rear and a limited-slip front differential, 35-inch off-road tires mounted on 18-inch black wheels, body-color fender flares, an increased ride height, shorter running boards, skid plates, and terrain-specific chassis and low-speed controls.
There are several appearance packages available such as the Black Appearance Package which further includes gloss black fender vent surrounds, mirror housings, and a black spray-in bed liner for $4,295, and the Lariat Sport Appearance Package that includes body-color front and rear bumpers, exterior mirrors, grille, and a chrome exhaust tip for $1,460.
The Lariat Value Package is $710 and it includes memory positioning for the driver, remote engine start, and ventilated front seats while the Lariat Ultimate Package is $3,495 and further adds ambient lighting, proximity entry, remote tailgate release, and a tailgate step.
People have come to know what to expect with the King Ranch trim. Unique accent colors applied to the wheel arches, grille inserts, and front and rear bumpers, an upscale interior with special leather with many King Ranch logos, new-for-2022 20-inch wheels, the features of the Lariat Ultimate Package, and the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with Pro Trailer Backup Assist are included.
The King Ranch Ultimate Package is available for $3,350 and adds LED headlights, taillights, and fog lights, a panoramic sunroof, power running boards, and massage front seats.
The Platinum trim goes for a slightly more subtle appearance with body-color front and rear bumpers, a satin aluminum grille and tailgate applique, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, and LED exterior lighting. The interior wears a more traditional theme with black leather and brushed aluminum interior trim while it also features massaging front seats and heated rear seats.
The Limited trim includes nearly everything that was previously optional and adds its own new two-tone leather interior with dark ash swirl wood trim, extended leather surfaces, adaptive steering, and unique 20-inch wheels.
The Lariat trim with the Lariat Ultimate Package receives the creature comforts, new infotainment system, premium sound, and styling that give this work truck a premium feel.