The Ford F-250 pickup is full-size, heavy-duty pickup truck that competes with the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD, GMC Sierra 2500HD, and the Ram 2500. The F-250 Super Duty is currently in its third generation.
It is larger and able to do a bit more than its little brother, the Ford F-150. It is also smaller and more toned-down than its larger siblings within the Ford F-series Super Duty line, the Ford F-350 and F-450 models.
New for 2019 is the Lariat Sport Package which is similar to sport packages on other vehicles. It includes black trim where chrome painted trim used to be, black running boards, and 20-inch black painted wheels for a more aggressive styling touch.
Also new for 2019 is the option to add a Bang and Olufsen Play 10-speaker audio system.
The Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup has always been known as a workhorse. It is nearly unrivaled in its ability to tow, haul, and get the job done, but thanks to modern technology and a heaping helping of class, the F-250 can quickly transform into an extreme luxury pickup truck.
Fully loaded, its price can touch $90,000, something unprecedented with this kind of vehicle’s history, capability, and pedigree.
The F-250 is large and serious in its appearance.
Those used to driving the F-150 pickup will take note of the similarities to its larger sibling but will have to make an adjustment to its larger size if a step up is imminent.
The F-250 is boxy in its appearance. The headlights look as though they are engulfing the grille as they curl around the corners of the prominent chrome colored centerpiece. The LED running lights enhance this look even more as they surround the outside of the headlights.
There are no real character lines to speak of as the true purpose of the pickup is to accomplish work rather than slide through the air or sit in an art gallery.
Beyond the styling touches up front, the F-250 looks normal for a pickup.
Opting for the large 8.2-foot bed with the four door crew cab layout makes the truck look enormous while the regular cab and shorter 6.8-foot bed makes it appear tipsy with how high the truck sits off the ground.
Adding the Lariat Sport Appearance Package gives the F-250 a sleeker, lower, and faster look. Blacked out trim pieces, 20-inch black painted aluminum wheels, and black mirror caps add a fun look to its otherwise “business-as-usual” appearance.
Interior Quality and Comfort
Interior quality is as expected for this type of truck. Reviewers note that while the materials on the higher trim models are completely appropriate, plastic pieces are scattered throughout the cabin with the quality materials which make this truck so comfortable.
Comfort is noted to be high. “Plush” is the word that almost every reviewer used when describing the comfort of the cabin, seats, and ride quality. Reviewers say that noise is muted and is less than expected, even with the diesel engine option.
The cabin has no trouble accommodating both children and adults. One reviewer says that a passenger can adjust the front seat to any position he would want, and there would still be plenty of room in the rear seat for another occupant.
Lower trim models aren’t as luxuriously appointed with manual roll up windows, vinyl upholstery, and an overall bare bones interior. This is as expected for a true work truck, but also won’t make anybody feel too bad about damaging it or getting it dirty.
Utility & Practicality
Both utility and practicality are top priorities for the F-250.
The choice of a 6.8-foot bed or 8.2-foot bed can be had with a maximum hauling capacity of 4200 pounds. Towing capacity is equally impressive with a maximum towing weight of 15,000 pounds, both of which are best in class.
For additional towing capability, the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System package can be equipped when fitted with the Powerstroke turbodiesel engine. It adds an entire camera system with an additional rear camera that can be fitted to the trailer being towed.
The FX4 off-road package is even available to give the F-250 some additional off-road capability. This package includes a locking rear differential and the ability to shift into four-wheel drive while moving.
Cab options are flexible with a regular, extended, or crew cab available. The four door crew cab can accommodate up to six passengers. The rear seats in the crew cab fold up for an even more storage space.
A LATCH child safety seat system is equipped on all three rear seats in crew cab models for added practicality.
With the large amount of cabin space comes a large amount of interior storage. The center console is notably cavernous with plenty of additional cup holders, map pockets, and door storage throughout the cabin.
Technology & Infotainment
A large number of technology and infotainment offerings are part of what makes the F-250 such a usable vehicle.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available along with Ford’s voice controlled Sync 3 infotainment system, also controllable via an 8-inch touchscreen display.
The voice controls are heavily praised by reviewers. They find the system to be responsive without having to emphasize or repeat phrases.
A Navigation system, Bluetooth, and a host of other customizable features are available through the reportedly responsive and easy to use system.
An adjustable blind-spot monitoring system, a 360 degree view camera, a Bang and Olufsen Play 10-speaker audio system, and a digital driver information display round out the most notable technology features that Ford offers.
Safety & Driving Assistance
The 2019 Ford F-250 hasn’t been crash tested, but in 2017, when the current generation F-250 went on sale, the NHTSA gave the F-250 crew cab a five star safety rating.
Safety features include a Rollover Stability Control system, Ford’s Safety Canopy System which features side curtain airbags, and a rearview camera with hitch assist.
Additionally, the F-250 offers the MyKey system. This allows one or more of the vehicle’s keys to be programmed to limit certain driving parameters. Speed and radio volume can be limited and seatbelt status can be monitored in a programmed key.
Driving assistance options include adjustable blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a 360 degree view camera.
Automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning are not available.
Reviewers of the F-250 Super Duty are impressed but not surprised by the amount of power, luxury, and capability it possesses.
There are only two engine options available across the Ford Super Duty lineup.
The naturally aspirated, 6.2 liter V8 engine produces 385 horsepower and 430 lb-ft. of torque.
The 6.7 liter Powerstroke turbodiesel V8 produces 450 horsepower and 935 lb-ft. of torque, making this the preferred engine for towing.
All engine options are paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Torqshift.
While they don’t find any faults with the F-250’s handling, reviewers state that corners force the truck show off its 7000 pound weight. They note the slightly numb steering feel, but praise its ease at low speeds.
Though handling through corners is said to be slightly unsettling, testers are pleased by the high maneuverability of the F-250, especially in a tight setting. They attest this to the truck’s adaptive steering system which increases in resistance the more the wheel is turned.
The F-250’s weight is not a hindrance to its acceleration or highway passing due to the massive amount of torque produced by the turbodiesel engine, according to reviewers.
The gasoline powered V8 engine did not impress testers as much, but was sufficient to move the truck when necessary.
Testers say that the transmission is smooth and free of jerking even in tow-haul mode, but that the absence of a payload helps smooth everything out.
Braking is the least confident element of the driving experience according to testers. The brakes are noted to feel inconsistent but aren’t lacking bite when the pedal is pushed firmly.
According to the EPA, all cars and light-duty trucks sold in the United States are mandated to be tested for fuel economy. The EPA does not require the same of heavy duty pickup trucks; therefore, the EPA estimated gas mileage is not available for the 2019 F-250.
A 48-gallon fuel tank is available on the F-250 for extended range.
Pricing & Value
The Ford F-250 Super Duty is comparable to its competitors in terms of both price and value except for the very highest trim levels which generally exceed competitors’ pricing.
For a work truck, the lowest XL trim is a good value. The Super Duty is designed to be tough, durable, and materials are such that they will not be easily damaged.
The XLT and Lariat models provide a good amount of comfort features with many options available for towing, off-roading, and safety. Ideal for a family without going overboard on any amount of luxury, these trim levels provide the most all-around bang for your buck.
The King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims have many luxury, safety, and technology features, but aren’t up to par with some of the lower-priced SUVs and luxury cars on the market. If hauling and towing are necessities, they will fit the bill but also cost more than RAM and Chevrolet competitors.
F-250 pickups are available with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. All are available with the choice of a regular 6.8-foot bed or a larger 8.2-foot bed.
Regular, extended and crew cab configurations are available, while the King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims are only available in crew cab configurations.
Both the 6.2 liter V8 gasoline engine and 6.7 turbodiesel engines are available on all trim levels.
The Ford F-250 pickup truck is available in six different trim options:
Ford F-250 XL
The base XL trim starts at $36,500 MSRP with the regular cab configuration, 6.2 liter gasoline engine, extended bed, and four-wheel drive equipped, including destination.
17-inch steel wheels, vinyl upholstery, manually operated windows, a 2-inch tow hitch, air conditioning, a 4-speaker audio system, and driver information display are all standard features. Four-wheel drive models require a manual front locking system to engage.
Rear-wheel drive is standard and reduces the price of the truck by about $1000. Opting for the crew cab configuration will cost an additional $4000.
Ford F-250 XLT
The F-250 XLT starts at $41,750 with the regular cab configuration, 6.2 liter V8 gasoline engine, extended bed, and four-wheel drive equipped, including destination. Rear-wheel drive is standard and reduces about $1000 from the price.
Power locks, power windows, and mirrors are added to the list of features along with cruise control, satellite radio capability, voice controls, keyless entry, upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels, and locking hooks in the bed.
Opting for the crew cab configuration will cost an additional $4000.
Ford F-250 Lariat
The Lariat trim starts at $51,000 with the 6.2 liter V8 gasoline engine, extended bed, and four-wheel drive equipped, including destination. It is only available in the super cab or crew cab configuration.
Features for the Lariat include leather seating, dual zone climate controls, power rear window, power-adjustable front seating, running boards, Sync 3 infotainment system with a larger 8-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, WiFi hotspot capability, upgraded Bang and Olufsen 10-speaker audio system, and three 110 volt power outlets.
Rear-wheel drive is standard with four-wheel drive being optional. A shift-on-the-go system is comes standard with four-wheel drive equipped Lariat models, allowing the driver to change four two to four-wheel drive while moving.
Ford F-250 King Ranch
The King Ranch starts at just over $60,000 with the crew cab configuration, 6.2 liter V8 gasoline engine, extended bed, and four-wheel drive equipped.
Remote start, a heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front seats are standard on the King Ranch along with an LED-illuminated truck bed.
Ford F-250 Platinum
The F-250 Platinum starts at $65,000 with the crew cab configuration, 6.2 liter V8 gasoline engine, extended cab, and four-wheel drive, including destination.
Technology features include LED headlights, automatic retractable power running boards, and remote tailgate release with an integrated tailgate step. 20-inch alloy wheels are upgraded from the 18-inch alloys on lower trims.
Safety features include blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Ford F-250 Limited
The F-250 limited is the highest trim level offered by Ford. It starts at almost $82,000 and is only available with the 6.7 liter turbocharged diesel engine. The crew cab, extended bed, and destination is included in this price.
The Limited trim adds a panoramic sunroof and special interior trim color. It also includes additional safety features such as adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and a 360 degree view camera.