Car Review: Towing heavy loads, working is the specialty for the Ford F-250 Super Duty

If you need more capability than that F-150 you are driving, the next step is the Super Duty line of trucks from Ford.

The F-250 is bigger, more capable and ready to work. In recent years, the Super Duty has been transformed. It is no longer just a work truck, but also a large luxury truck that can work hard.

A truck should be able to haul and tow. This F-250, equipped with the pricey 6.7L Power Stroke diesel, can haul heavy loads in the large bed. With the fifth wheel hitch, you can tow trailers that light duty pickups only dream of hauling.

The F-250 moves with authority from the powerful turbo diesel engine combined with the 10-speed automatic. The fuel economy is better than before. The ride is better when it is hauling items in the bed or towing. Ford also has improved the ride when the bed is empty. Getting used to the larger size and width of the F-250 crew cab takes a little time.

The interior of the Super Duty F-250 is more coddle than stark work truck.

Leather heated and ventilated seats and NAV are some of the items in this humongous cabin. There is space for five adults without any squeeze. There is good storage in the cabin and the rear seats fold creating some storage space inside. Just getting up in the cabin could be trouble, unless you buy the optional chrome tubular step bar that makes it much easier. The big cargo bed is high up, but a step and handle help you hop in.



Cost: $52,115; as tested $72,995

MPG: 17.6 MPG in 202 miles of mixed driving.

Options: $10,495 6.7L Power Stroke V8 diesel; $390 3.31 electronic- locking axle; $135 all-weather floor mats; $1,130 high cap trailer package; $500 5th wheel hitch prep package; $1,180 quad beam headlamps; $1,000 adaptive steering; $325 wheel well liners front & back; $595 spray-in bed liner; $3,495 Lariat ultimate package

Safety: advanced security pack; BLIS with cross traffic alert; lane keeping assist; pre-collision assist with AEB; reverse sensing and rear view camera; trailer sway control; trailer brake control; ultimate trailer camera system

Things to know: The Ford F-250 is one capable truck. When coupled with the powerful turbo diesel engine, it is ready to work. It is also ready to play hard with a comfortable interior and plenty of space.

Pros:

  • The hard working F-250 has a softer side with a comfortable interior;
  • Useful features for towing and maneuvering a trailer;
  • Lots of power and torque from optional turbo diesel and good fuel economy.

Cons:

  • Ride is better than before but still not as smooth as a smaller light duty pickup
  • Price tag jumps with options and higher trim levels
  • Big and wide might be hard to maneuver for some drivers in smaller spaces

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