2013 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT Crew Cab (6.2L V8 FFV 4x4 6-speed Automatic 6.8 ft. Bed)
Driven On 11/26/2013
This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
The F-250 Super Duty is a good, tough truck, whether used for work or play. The gasoline V8 is strong enough for most situations, though it's far from efficient. The ride is comfortable despite its off-road suspension, but some competitors are smoother. The F-250's 12,500-pound tow capacity is great for a medium-duty truck.
PerformanceWeighing more than 6,000 pounds, the F-250 feels planted on the road in most situations. The normally-aspirated V8 is adequately powered but doesn't have the low-end grunt of a diesel. Towing capability is among the best in this segment.
The 385-horsepower, naturally-aspirated 6.2-liter V8 feels soft at low rpm. Still, it accelerates to 60 mph in 8.6 seconds, and sounds manly doing it. The 6-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly.
Pedal stroke is long but progressive. After several stops from 60 mph the brakes remained consistent in feel and stopping distance. The shortest stop measured 129 feet, which is excellent for a truck.
Steering feel and precision are good for a truck of this size from a dynamic standpoint. The turning circle feels small for a vehicle of these proportions.
Despite its 6,000-pound-plus weight, the F-250 skipped excitedly over mid-corner bumps. In all other situations it felt grounded and handled acceptably, the stiff suspension keeping lean angles to a minimum.
Power delivery from the 6-speed automatic transmission was smooth and predictable. It had a tendency to kick down only one gear when we needed two, but with practice you learn to simply give it more throttle.
The 10,000-pound GVWR package was more than we needed during our test. It includes a 12,500-pound-capable trailer hitch, trailer tow mirrors and upfitter switches.
Our test vehicle was suited for dirt excursions, with the FX4 off-road package, 3.73 electric locking rear axle, skid plates and ample ground clearance.
ComfortFord's F-250 doesn't break any molds when it comes to pickup truck ride quality. Your comfort will be the direct result of the surface you're passing over. Smooth is smooth. Rough is rough. But the cabin is remarkably quiet.
The front seats are comfortable over long distances and supportive enough to abosrb some of the suspension stiffness. The rear seatbacks are too vertical and hard to properly settle into.
The stiff suspension can make for a rough ride at times, especially when unladen. The aftershake from small ripples and cracks can make for a near-constant low-grade jiggle.
Inside the cabin, this truck is quiet. Even under acceleration the V8 note is never intrusive. Tire and road noise are minimized by a combination of insulation and distance from the ground.
InteriorInterior dimensions are large. The generous leg and elbow room and the highly adjustable seats offer lots of comfort. Small interior control knobs and the lack of running boards hurt it ergonomically.
The front seats are highly adjustable. All secondary controls are placed conveniently within reach of the driver. The buttons and knobs are smaller than we'd like, however.
The F-250 is no taller than its competitors. But our test vehicle took a hit because it was not equipped with running boards, which would cut its 26-inch step-in height in half.
The cabin offers lots of space at all seating positions. The center console intrudes minimally on front passengers. Three-wide in the back seat is bearable over short distances.
The F-250's reasonably tall ride height equates to a commanding view of the road. The XLT package adds a rearview camera, but the display is mounted in the rearview mirror, and it's a bit small.
Front passengers benefit from a massive center storage bin. Two-tier door pockets are narrow but useful. All six cupholders are attached to the center bin. The bed is 6.8 feet.
ValueThe as-tested price on our F-250 was $47,390. Many options can be added individually rather than looped into one big package, which is nice. Factory warranty terms are not as good as some competitors', but the F-250's roadside assistance is a plus.
Build Quality (vs. $)
We did not experience any fit or finish issues on our test vehicle. The quality was up to the expected standards for this class.
Our truck had the $1,125 XLT package, which includes a reversing sensor, 6-way power driver's seat and adjustable pedals. Many other features can be added piecemeal, which offers cost-effective customization.
The base MSRP on our F-250 Super Duty was $41,615. Add $5,775 worth of optional equipment, such as a rearview camera and power sliding rear window, to reach the $47,390 total.
EPA fuel economy ratings are not required on the F-250 Super Duty. After a stretch of 500 miles we averaged 12 mpg in mixed driving. Our best single tank was 12.6 mpg. A Toyota Prius, it's not.
The F-250 has a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper to bumper warranty along with a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Some competitors offer stronger plans.
The F-250's 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance plan adds some peace of mind during the early years of ownership.
Fun To DriveThis truck rides tall, which makes seeing over cars easy. It had more than enough guts to handle anything we threw its way. While it can be fun to drive in certain settings, more than anything this thing is a workhorse.
The F-250 is a massive vehicle. Driving something this large can give you a sense of road-ownership that only comes with the ground clearance and wheelbase of a big truck.
This is a purpose-built machine. It was designed first and foremost for hauling or towing big loads. Yet it still does a decent job of providing comfort.