The Ford F-250 Super Duty is the most affordable way to access Ford's Super Duty trio that also includes the F-350 and F-450. Powered by either a tractable and responsive gasoline engine or a stump-pulling turbodiesel, the F-250 sends power to a six-speed automatic transmission and an available four-wheel-drive drivetrain.
What’s the styling?
The new Ford Super Duty won’t be mistaken for anything other than a truck, but it’s handsome and functional. What more do you need? The Ford Super Duty dials down some of the macho moves from older trucks—maybe. C-shaped headlights now bookend chromed power bars running along the grille, and a “Super Duty” stamped into the hood that’s subtle like an air-raid siren. Smarter creases in the sheet metal down the sides and in the back, regular door handles, and subtle exterior cues bring back to earth the big Ford truck that started to look comically butch just a few years ago.
What about the interior?
The interior of the Super Cab range is pretty much the same across the board, but that’s good because it’s a decent place to be. The design and layout look good, and the plastics combined with the brushed aluminum finishing look more upmarket than your typical workhorse. Seating is good; the bolstering is strong and comfortable and will accommodate plus size people without hassle. Controls for various functions are in good reach, and the steering controls are there to stop you needing to lean across to push buttons. The infotainment and the gauge cluster are good with good functionality and are better in the Pickup model over the Chassis workhorse. The cabin is also nicely sound deadened too; even the diesel lump’s noise doesn’t intrude too much. For added people transport, the Crew Cab can seat six.
What’s under the hood?
The Ford Super Duty is available with two engines, both V-8s, mated to 6-speed automatic transmissions. Rear-drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is available on all models. The standard engine is a carryover 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque that’s rated to carry up to 7,680 pounds in the bed. That’s good power, and the Super Duty gets a trick steering setup that we think buyers should consider.
How is it to drive?
With a quiet cabin, you may accidentally rev the diesel lump a little too much, especially if you’re used to playing things by ear. The diesel-powered engine is responsive thanks to such high torque, but the gasoline engine isn’t far behind. The automatic transmission is good with changes coming in smooth and when you expect. The F-250 is big, so you’re not going to chuck it around corners with much success, but the handling is adequate for what you’re driving and with the weight it has.
What about the pricing and the available trims?
The F-Series Super Duty is offered as a regular cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab, with multiple bed lengths and 2- or 4-wheel drive. There are seven trim levels: XL, STX, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. It's easy for a truck in this segment to get expensive, and the F-Series Super Duty is no exception. You can get a regular cab F-250 XL with the 6.2-liter V8 for a relatively fleet-friendly Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just shy of $33,700. However, move up to the F-350 Crew Cab Limited with dual rear wheels and order options, and it's possible to pay $85,000 or more.