2017 Ford F250 Super Duty Review
As part of a lineup of the best selling vehicles in world, Ford got the redesign of the Super Duty models right. They’re aluminum now, so the basic ingredients weighs a few hundred less, meaning more equipment can be added without increasing overall mass or lowering the amount that can be carried in the capacious cargo bed or hauled behind.
The F250 has a fully-boxed frame, to which the bumper hitch is mounted, so you can pull 15,000 pounds or more without needing to go to a 5th wheel or gooseneck configuration. Regardless of which setup you use, there’s more than enough motor for the job, as this second generation 6.7-liter’s bigger turbo and uprated components help bump torque from 860lb-ft to a faintly ridiculous sounding 925lb-ft at 1800rpm. Horsepower remains the same at 440, and all this grunt means that despite weighing over 8,000 pounds unladen, the F250 will blast to 60mph in under 7 seconds and get 15mpg or so when empty—about the same as a half ton truck. Towing fuel economy also stays above the single digits with sub-10,000 loads, which is very impressive. My own 2011 Chevy Silverado diesel had much less torque and rarely climbed above 9.5mpg with a 6,000, enclosed trailer behind it. That’s progress.
Ford Super Duty models have rarely ridden as well as their GM competitors, though, and that hasn’t changed here. The FX4 Off-Road suspension means there’s lots of bouncing about around town; the upside is a 3,450 payload capacity. The F250 also stops better than the older model, with independent tests showing it coming to a halt two full truck lengths sooner from 70mph in simulated emergency braking. What is certain in the real world is that the brake pedal is firm and has nice modulation, essential when towing. Even more impressive is the steering, which is incredibly direct and accurate. It’s also adaptive (optionally), meaning the Ford is incredibly easy to maneuver about in tight urban confines yet stable on the open road, where the amount of steering input to actual front wheel angle change slows down. Combined with lane keeping assist that can include a trailer’s dimensions, the stress level goes down for the driver even with a big enclosed trailer following along.
Further reducing fatigue are supple, well-shaped seats that offer heating, cooling and an excellent massage function—wonderful after beating yourself up during your chosen recreational activity, and a well laid out, spacious interior, excellent sound system and fast-responding Sync3 infotainment system. The F250 is also incredibly quiet, both in its suppression of wind and road noise, and even the diesel itself, which is almost too quite for guys looking to make a statement about what kind of muscle is under the chamfered hood. While all this goodness doesn’t come cheap, there is absolutely no denying Ford knows what it was doing to make the most capable Super Duty ever also the most cosseting.
EPA ratings: N.A.
Price as tested: $76,275
Here is what Ford has to say.(4.5 / 5)
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