New Ford F-250 Super Duty Review

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Sometimes, a regular coffee just won't do it. You need something on the order of a double cappuccino to get the job done -- something with more kick, more muscle. For pickup truck buyers needing a similar boost, there's the ever-popular Ford F-250 Super Duty. Thanks to a mind-boggling variety of body styles, powertrain options and trim levels to choose from, finding an F-250 Super Duty that suits your needs is pretty much a guarantee. Another reason that Ford's heavy-duty hauler is a fave is that it can handle massive payloads while also being easy to drive and comfortable to ride in.

Recent improvements have yielded a stronger turbodiesel V8, even better ride and handling dynamics and a redesigned cabin with higher-quality materials. Still, there are a few other choices to consider, as Chevy and Dodge also offer worthy choices in this powerhouse field.

Current Ford F-250 Super Duty
The Ford F-250 is available in three body styles (regular cab, extended cab, crew cab) and five trim levels (base XL, midlevel XLT, luxurious Lariat, horse-saddle-inspired King Ranch and ultra-plush Platinum). Under the hood one are a choice of two powerful engines -- a 6.2-liter gasoline mill (385 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque) and an optional 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 cranking out 400 hp and 800 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional.

Inside the cabin, hard plastics dominate the interior on lower trim levels. Opting for the Lariat will add a decidedly upscale experience with rich leather and added amenities, and the King Ranch and Platinum models take it up a few more notches with features such as a heated steering wheel and the MyFord Touch electronics interface. Of course, the F-250 is also ready to work, with options such as the available Ford Work Solutions package that adds an in-dash computer that is customizable to suit commercial users and fleets.

In reviews, we've found much to like about the latest F-250. We're duly impressed by the Super Duty's flexibility that allows it to be configured for a variety of uses -- from a down-and-dirty work truck to a luxurious hauler. Regardless of which route you choose, you'll also be treated to refined ride and handling and high feature content.

Read the most recent 2014 Ford F-250 Super Duty review.

If you are looking for older years, visit our used Ford F-250 Super Duty page.

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