2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel

What’s new

  • New, more powerful 7.3-liter gas V8 debuts with 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Diesel engine now uses the 10-speed automatic
  • Updated front and rear styling
  • New off-road Tremor package
  • Part of the third Super Duty generation introduced for 2017

Pros & Cons

  • Diesel V8 generates immense power and torque
  • Plenty of payload and tow capacity
  • Aluminum body reduces overall weight, improving efficiency
  • Spacious cabs offer many convenience and technology options
  • Price tag soars with options
  • Tall ride height makes it hard to enter without side steps
  • Lengthy stopping distance
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2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Review

Today's heavy-duty trucks are ever more capable and civil. The 2020 Ford F-250 is a perfect example. It's loaded with the kinds of connected technology, comfort and driver assistance features more common to light-duty pickups, blurring the conventional lines between work truck and family truck.

Offering more capability than the light-duty F-150 and more affordable pricing than the F-350 or F-450 Super Duty trucks, the Ford F-250 combines impressive utility with everyday usability. This year's truck has new engine and transmission combos that now provide up to 20,000 pounds of conventional trailer towing capacity. Then you have a cab full of tech comforts, such as voice-controlled infotainment and Wi-Fi hotspot, available leather interiors, even cooled front seats, and ambient lighting. One thing's for sure: Today's heavy-duty truck is no longer limited to the job site.

The Super Duty also gets a new off-road package package called the Tremor, which is a step up from the existing FX4 package. The Tremor package upgrades start with a 2-inch front lift and shorter airdam, followed by 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac all-terrain tires. It also includes a retuned suspension, upgraded shock absorbers, a locking rear differential, a limited-slip front differential, a rock-crawl mode, and low-speed cruise control. The skid plates from the FX4 package are also included.

As heavy-duty trucks drift more into the mainstream, so too does the automaker's interest in keeping its trucks competitive. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and GMC Sierra 2500HD twins have been redesigned for 2020, and Ram redid its 2500 just last year. Even Nissan is looking to win you over with its newly redesigned Titan XD. But even though the Ford F-250 Super Duty isn't the freshest choice, it remains a compelling pick if you want a truck that can do just about anything.

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Our verdict

7.7 / 10
The Ford F-250 Super Duty has an appropriately brawny look for a heavy-duty pickup, and Ford backs it up with strong towing and hauling performance. Inside, the crew cab treats occupants to plenty of space and decent amenities, but Ram still leads by a large margin here.

How does it drive?

Our F-250 crew-cab test truck had the optional diesel engine. We found that it provides strong and smooth acceleration in just about any situation. There's a tiny bit of lag before the truck gets going, but the new 10-speed transmission shifts quickly.

Braking performance is disappointing, however. The brakes feel reasonably capable in typical conditions, but our truck took 153 feet to execute a panic stop from 60 mph, which is longer than average for the segment. The steering feels somewhat numb and inert, but the truck does track straight on the open road. This big Ford feels somewhat maneuverable, but there's no hiding its sheer bulk.

How comfortable is it?

If you have any heavy-duty pickup experience at all, the F-250 will seem sufficiently comfortable. It's not a benchmark by any means, but it does a decent job of keeping occupants happy. It's fairly quiet when it comes to wind and road noise, and the air-conditioning system has no trouble keeping the cabin cool.

It's hard to fault an F-250 for riding firmly when it's not carrying any load. But even though the overall feeling is agreeable enough, it's worth noting that the Ram 2500 is smoother-riding. The F-250's seats are what we're most lukewarm about. They're nicely adjustable and spacious, but the cushions — particularly the seat bottoms — feel flat and don't conform to an occupant's shape very well.

How’s the interior?

No one should be surprised that it takes a big step up to get into this truck. It's tall even for its class. But unfortunately, our test truck didn't come with the relatively inexpensive option of side steps. For an F-250, we'd say those are a must-have.

Inside, there's more than enough space for everyone, and it's easy to fine-tune the positioning of the driver's seat and steering wheel to your liking. All of the relevant controls are within reach and operate as you'd expect them to. As for visibility, the F-250 gives you nice views out thanks to its big windows. All the same, we recommend opting for rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring.

How’s the tech?

Ford's audio and navigation system is built around the Sync 3 interface. The interface is proven and it works, but it no longer stands out. It's missing recent competitor innovations in screen size and menu control. That said, this system does well when it comes to voice recognition support and smartphone integration.

Safety equipment in the F-250 has caught up with most competitors thanks to features such as lane departure warning for the truck and attached trailer, a blind-spot monitor with trailer coverage, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

How’s the storage?

The F-250 offers strong towing and hauling capability. Its aluminum body saves weight, and the savings amount to extra payload capacity. In this class, it's all about the numbers, and the Ford can nearly match the Ram 2500 in most cases. Everyday loading, however, is hampered by the bed's tall sides.

Inside, both cargo space in the back half of the crew cab and storage for personal items are quite generous. And while toting kids isn't the first thing you think about when buying a truck, the big crew cab makes it easy to fit car seats of any size. (Getting the kids up and in is another matter.)

How economical is it?

The fuel economy of heavy-duty pickups like the Ford F-250 is a mystery because this class of trucks is exempt from official labeling and testing. We did record consumption over 800 miles of driving, though, and it averaged 16.5 mpg over that distance. Our best tank on a mostly highway route was 18.9 mpg — a 2-mpg bump over the last F-250 we tested with the six-speed automatic.

Is it a good value?

The heavy-duty pickup arms race is in full swing. This updated 2020 F-250 has done quite a bit to catch up, but it might not be enough. Sure, there's the new 10-speed transmission and more power, but the interior trimmings are still average. Ford's warranty coverage is average, though the diesel engine's coverage lasts for 100,000 miles instead of the 60,000 you get with the gas V8.


All heavy-duty pickups are big, but even among them the Ford F-250 makes a statement. It knows what it is, and the styling is hardly subtle. The driving experience matches that persona. It's no joy to drive, but neither is it a chore. Fun doesn't enter into it. The F-250 is built to work and to do a job, and it delivers on that promise.

Which F-250 Super Duty does Edmunds recommend?

Buying a heavy-duty pickup comes down to finding the features that best suit your work or family life or both. But the XLT is a good place to start, offering a respectable list of standard features and plenty of options to suit specific needs. The XLT is also available in pretty much every bed and cab configuration.

2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty models

The 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty is a full-size, heavy-duty pickup available in six trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum and Limited. It can be configured as a regular cab, an extended cab (aka SuperCab), or a crew cab with either a 6.8- or an 8.2-foot bed length.

The F-250 offers a trio of engines. There are a 6.2-liter gasoline V8 (385 horsepower, 430 lb-ft of torque) that pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and a new-for-2020 7.3-liter V8 (430 hp, 475 lb-ft) and 10-speed automatic transmission package. The F-250's turbocharged diesel V8 engine returns, but now it's making 475 hp and a stump-pulling 1,050 lb-ft of torque. It also pairs with the new 10-speed transmission.

Rear-wheel drive is standard on all models, and four-wheel drive is offered as an option.

Base XL models are standard-issue heavy-duty work trucks and come with handy features such as telescoping tow mirrors, a removable locking tailgate and a trailer tow package. Cabin features are pretty bare-bones but include air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, manual windows, a rearview camera, and a four-speaker audio system.

Moving up to the XLT introduces more comfort and convenience features such as power-adjustable heated mirrors, cloth upholstery, power windows, cruise control, a USB connection, and the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

The midrange Lariat offers more convenience and comes closest to the ideal balance of "heavy-duty family truck." But if you're feeling indulgent, you'll want to consider the Platinum or Limited trim. Platinum trims come with an assortment of luxury comforts such as power-retractable side steps, a power tailgate, multicontour front seats, and adaptive cruise control. Limited trims go all-in with features such as a panoramic sunroof and a two-tone leather interior.

If you're a fan of cowboy or ranch life, consider the King Ranch. It's only available on crew-cab models but adds unique Western-themed trim and styling details as well as luxury appointments. We're talking upgraded leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals and a heated steering wheel among other items.

Many standard features on upper trim levels are offered as options on the rest of the lineup. Notable options include a heavy-duty trailer tow package (paired with the turbodiesel engine), a massive 48-gallon fuel tank, different axle ratios, and an Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with a total of seven cameras.

New for 2020 is the off-road-oriented Tremor package, with large tires, specialized front suspension, and various rock and terrain crawling modes.

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    Ram Power Wagon vs. Ford F-250 Tremor Off-Road Battle! Review, Price, Specs & More

    Ram Power Wagon vs. Ford F-250 Tremor Off-Road Battle! Review, Price, Specs & More

    [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: If you want the most capable heavy duty offroad pickup trucks, it's going to be one of these two. The Ford Super Duty with the trimmer package or the RAM Power Wagon. [IMITATES GUITAR] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Now, besides their rough and tumble names, in this video, we'll tell you everything you need to know about both pickups and which one is right for your needs. TRAVIS LANGNESS: As always, like, comment, subscribe. And for more information, click the links below to visit Edmunds and find your perfect truck, SUV, or car. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Have 35 inch tires ever looked so small? That seems like an insane thing to say about a factory truck, but such as the power of Tremor, an outlandish pickup truck, no matter how you look at it. $4,000 get you the Tremor package on an F-250 or F-350 on any trim, from an XLT all the way up to this Platinum. And these things are decked out. Off the lot, you get a two inch front lift, bigger shocks, and there's a lot of window dressing on this truck, and we can argue all day about offroad capabilities. But the thing that should really worry RAM is the 35 inch tires and the upgraded 7.3 liter V8 engine standard. Of course, this particular truck comes with the crown jewel, a 6.7 liter turbo diesel V8 engine, making 475 horsepower and 1,050 pound feet of torque. Let me say that again, 1,050 pound feet of torque. Now, you have a lot more choice in the Tremor than you do in the Power Wagon, but you need to know that it comes at a steep cost. The diesel engine alone is a $10,000 option, and this particular truck goes for 87 grand. $87,000 for a pickup truck. We need to know if it lives up to that lofty listing. TRAVIS LANGNESS: The Power Wagon is a little bit different. You can only get it with a 6.4 liter V8. No diesel here. RAM says it's too heavy and it won't fit with the front winch. Never mind that on the Ford, you can get that winch with either a 7.3 liter V8 or their diesel, but it is optional. It's standard on the RAM. It'll cost you three grand with the Tremor. Some other offroad goodies you get with the Power Wagon include the front and rear locking differentials and a front disconnecting stabilizer bar. There's also the usual skid plates for the transfer case in the fuel tank, as well as 33 inch tires on 17 inch wheels. Now, the least expensive Power Wagon you can get, the base one, is around $55,000, unless you start digging into the order guide. And you can see that you can get a Tradesman, equip the Power Wagon package, and you've got a truck that's closer to $50,000. The cheapest version of the Tremor you can get is $53,000. Now, with all that said, this truck does bump right up against $70,000 the way it's equipped, but that's still nearly 20 grand less than that Super Duty. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: But how much torque does it have? TRAVIS LANGNESS: Not as much. No one cares about torque. We're going to talk about transfer cases later. [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: This Platinum trim really shows the full potential of the Super Duty interior. You've got big, wide, cushy leather seats that are heated, cooled, and have a massage function. And then there are doodads everywhere. There's a smartphone charging station, trailer backup assist, trailer gain, transfer case, lane keep assist, tons of camera angles, and, oh yeah, a power sunroof. And then everything's power adjustable too, from the steering wheel, to the pedals, and the mirrors. This is a digital truck paradise, but it may be a bit disconcerting if you're more of an analog person. There are a few areas for improvement. It lacks a lot of the interesting storage solutions and cubbies that the RAM has in abundance. But did somebody say floor storage? In total, though, the tech-heavy Tremor is really flashy and exciting, but it feels like the RAM got the basics right. That truck is just a little more approachable and easy to live with. TRAVIS LANGNESS: The RAM 2500 is a class leader for a lot of reasons. One of those is the interior quality. But before we go inside, I want to show you a feature that I would absolutely get if I were buying this truck with my money, and that is the RAM Box. Essentially, it's a couple trunks on either side of the bed that you can fit all kinds of items in. Stuff like tow ball hitches, tow straps, tow hitches, inflator kits, and there's even a charge port for when you're on the go. RAM Box. There's a $17,000 price gap between these two trucks, but that doesn't mean this RAM is lacking in the interior department. It's got great materials, and it's got stuff like heated and ventilated seats, heated seats in the rear, plenty of power ports and USB ports to plug into. And one of my favorite features is this 12 inch touchscreen. It's one of the best in the business, not just in full size or heavy duty trucks. It's super crisp and it looks great on this dash. Plus, there's lots of great storage cubbies for you to put stuff in, plenty of cup holders, places for your smartphone. I bet Ryan's jealous of that. And there's even a spot under the center seat we can store your laptop. Now, the only drawback, really, with the RAM's interior is the steering wheel. It tilts, but it doesn't telescope. So finding an ideal driving position might be tough. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Enough of all that. It's time to put these trucks on equal ground. So we're going to hit the trail. I'm especially eager, of course, to check out this 1,050 pound feet of torque and see how it does out there. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Front rear locking diffs, smart storage solutions, 12 inch screen. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: 1,050 pound feet of torque. [MUSIC PLAYING] So when things get bumpy, here's what the Fort has to offer. The Tremor gets a custom front bumper compared with other Super Duties. That gives it a really good approach angle. In fact, it's better than the Power Wagon's back there. But this truck is long. It's 11 inches longer than the RAM in total. We're more concerned about the Tremor on some of these trails than we are about the Power Wagon. And frankly, making it through some of them safely could be a challenge. But let's see how it handles a decline like this. Approach is no issue. We should hit level ground here pretty soon. But as we get towards the back, not sure. Nope, it's fine. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: There are a lot of differences between these trucks, but one of the things that sets the RAM apart from the Ford is the fact that it's got a disconnecting front stabilizer bar. So when you disconnect that stabilizer, or sway, or anti roll bar, whatever you want to call it, what happens is it allows for more offroad articulation, so I can get over bigger obstacles without losing traction in one of my tires, and traction is our friend. The other big difference up front is the locking front differential. Ford's got a limited slip, which is good. But this one is a full walker, front and rear. And when you have a walking differential, what it does is it ties the two wheels together, so essentially they spin as one. That's also good for off roading, because you want to make sure you have traction even if you do eventually exceed the ability of your articulation and pop that wheel up off the ground. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Here's an area where the Power Wagon will definitely be better suited, but I think the Tremor can handle it pretty well. It's got these big tires, but we are pretty high up. Let me get on the truck info page. Oh, we are rocking for sure. We're totally rocking. The truck is rocking back and forth. I think we've got at least one wheel off. Yeah, we're at 16 degrees right now according to the offroad gauge. And that works pretty well. One small bump and we're out of there. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: So if one wheel has to go higher than the other, what you have here is the effect of articulation not being enough. And now I'm spinning the tire, and I'm bouncing around a little bit. I can feel my right rear tire is off the ground. So I'm going to back up and engage my sway bar disconnect. Disengage my sway bar, whatever. Do the same thing. Sway bar disconnected. Back up the hill I go. And I am going much further. Now, I don't have the lockers engaged yet. But if I did, I could probably make it over this weird sideways hill I'm on. It's pretty rad. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Since we have this super scientific test setup, I'm going to take a very measured, proper approach. Hey, guys, how does that look? I think I got a wheel up. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: So even though there's not a fully disconnected wheel front sway bar in the Tremor like there is in the RAM, that thinner version that they've equipped here works pretty well and will get you through some hairy stuff. Oh, man. There's that articulation at work. Here's the thing about turning these HD trucks around on a trail. It's like trying to turn a yacht around in a swimming pool. These things are huge. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Surround view camera test. Whew. I love that you get a ton of different camera views. So everything comes with a camera now. But if you only have one view or a pretty limited scope, then in situations like this, it doesn't really help that much. But I've got a ton of different views. I can see every angle. It just might take a couple of turns, but you're out of the sticky situation pretty quickly. [MUSIC PLAYING] So while may not match the figures that the RAM has, the Tremor can do some pretty impressive off roading. You're just going to have a bumpy ride. That's one of the trade offs you get here for the increased towing capacity. The Ford stuck with more traditional leaf springs in the back compared with the RAM's coil springs. And the reason they did that is leaf springs are extremely strong and durable. So if you're going for something like a maximum towing capacity rating, like Ford was, that's what you want to go with. The beauty of it is, if you want more strength or more towing capability, you just throw more bars in there. And that's one of the reasons you would pay an extra $10,000 for this diesel engine, because it comes with the high capacity trailer tow package. It's great for feeling confident when you've got a huge weight behind you. But with unladen bed and nothing on the hitch, in this bumpy stuff, you're going to feel some jitters. TRAVIS LANGNESS: If you were in a bouncy castle and you got dropped from, like, a helicopter onto a trampoline, that's what it feels like when you're going over bumps in this thing. It's hilarious. Like, you don't feel unsafe. You're still in a bouncy castle. You're not going to get hurt. Unless, like, the bully kid at the party pushes you out the door. But no one needs to hear about my life experience. [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: But that's one of the trade offs. And frankly, a lot of people are going to be fine with that, because the Ford is so good at towing. And don't forget, we have an extra two inches of lift in the front compared with other Super Duties. So as much as we talk about articulation, and departure angles, and all this super technical stuff, the Tremor can go almost everywhere the Power Wagon can go. It's really just going to be that really, really small percentage of heavy rock or boulder crawling where this thing is going to get hung up. But don't feel like you shouldn't go out on the same trail in a Tremor that you can do in a Power Wagon. It may be a little more uncomfortable, but this truck can handle a lot. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: One of the things that is a preference, really, for me, but I like it much better in the RAM, is this floor shifter. You can just throw it into four high or four low when you get off road, and it kind of pins the old school cool factor. Makes you feel like you're in a truck. Whereas the Tremor has a button. So I guess technology for the win or something. Also, this Power Wagon has a better crawl ratio. It is 51 to 1, well Ryan's diesel Tremor is 44 to 1. Yes, if you get the F-250 with the 7.3 liter V8, that goes up to 53 to 1, so it's higher. And yes, he has larger tires, 35s. But if you're comparing the two trucks we have here, I have the better crawl ratio, and that's what matters. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: But crawl ratios don't matter when you have 1,050 pound feet of torque. On top of all that grunt we have under the hood, Ford brings a lot of tech to off roading with the Tremor. We've got a hill here with a pretty impressive incline, but it's not super difficult, so this is kind of overkill. But I just want to demonstrate how it works. All you have to do is push this button up here. That activates it. OK. And then you want to hit the Set button, the same one that you use for cruise control, and it works exactly the same way. And you can move it up in increments of one mile an hour, so you can start really slow. So I'll just start off with one. My feet are off the brake and throttle and the truck is moving all by itself. So I can just concentrate on the inputs I'm giving into the steering wheel, and this is actually really slow. So let's kick it up to two, three. So the incline is getting steeper. We're now at 15 degrees, 16. I can't see anything over the hood in front of me. And we're at the top and leveling off. There's another one that we're going to come up to. We were actually pretty concerned about the break over angle on both of these hills, but it's not a problem so far. Let's go back down to two, because this one has a really steep drop. Here's the break over part. It's fine. Again, I'm not on the brakes, and now we're starting to go down. I'm not on the brakes at all. The truck is doing it itself. We're at 16 degrees, decline, 18. I'm not touching the brakes. It's holding itself, two miles an hour set to. So that's it. It's a very easy system to use. And again, just to keep things in perspective, this is a truck that weighs four tons, and this system drove it up that degree of an incline by itself, so I could just focus on the steering, and then brought it back down safely. Pretty cool party trick in your Tremor. Is it cheating? Maybe. But does it get you home safely? Yeah, I think so. [WALKIE TALKIE BEEPING] All right then. What's next? TRAVIS LANGNESS: Hey, there we go, lockers front and rear. Boom. No limited slip here. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: You're good. You just need to go slow. You're going to go over a rock now. [CRUNCHING GRAVEL] You're good. You're good. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Forward camera, I love this. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Easy work, man. Clear on your right. Light work, baby. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Too easy, locking difs, bro. [MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: More driver, more driver, more driver. OK. Cool. Straighten out. [CRUNCHING GRAVEL] [TRUCK BEEPING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: Ooh, the beep, beep, beep, the beep, beep, the beep, beep. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Killing it-- that thing was a lot easier-- or handled it a lot better than we thought it was going to. I thought it was going to take a lot of weaving around rocks and stuff, but tons of clearance, no issues at all. I feel excited to see what the Tremor's going to do now. Because that handled that pretty easily. And I don't know how [LAUGHS] the Tremor's going to be able to do it the same way or not. I'm going to put it into 4 low. [CLICK] OK. I'm going to [CLICK] lock the rear locker. I'm going to not lock the front locker, because I don't have a front locker. [ENGINE REVVING] [CRUNCHING GRAVEL] TRAVIS LANGNESS: Well, that was easy. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: I know he says it's easy. But it feels like I'm really close to everything. TRAVIS LANGNESS: You going to put it in Hill Descent Control? RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Yes, sir. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Some guys did it with just their foot. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Some guys spent $90,000. TRAVIS LANGNESS: [LAUGHS] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: 16-degree descent, not touching the brakes. [CRUNCHING GRAVEL] I think we're good. Cool. TRAVIS LANGNESS: He had way more than enough clearance on there, a lot more than I did. Shh. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Tremor! [MUSIC PLAYING] One thing that automakers often say when it comes to trucks is, you'll forget you're even driving a diesel engine. That is definitely not the case with this 6.7 liter turbo V8. [ENGINE STARTING] The sound is very distinctive and so is the way it drives. You are just barely feathering the throttle. Because there's so much torque at your disposal, you just don't need very much to get up to speed on the street and even on the highway. But the power delivery is really smooth. It works great in conjunction with the 10-speed transmission, which we haven't always been huge fans of. But there are several different driving modes. There's even an eco mode. And on the way out here, I averaged 21.5 miles per gallon. You're going to get some jitters on the road. Small cracks and bumps are definitely going to be felt through the cabin. But that's the trade-off you get for the amount of towing capacity that you have in the Tremor. But if comfort is much of an issue, there's not a whole lot you can do about it. I would probably just start thinking Power Wagon. [MUSIC PLAYING] TRAVIS LANGNESS: The Ram's coil-spring suspension has it lagging behind the Tremor in terms of towing and hauling capability. But there's a trade-off. And that trade-off is comfort. This is a much more comfortable truck on the highway. It's less bouncy. And I would rather take it on a road trip. Now, the Tremor can tow about 15,000 pounds. And this Ram can only tow 10,350. But I still think that's plenty, especially for a truck with all of this off-road capability. That's why I prefer the Ram. Ryan, after a day in the dirt, what do you think of your truck? RYAN ZUMMALLEN: I'm pleasantly surprised. I started to get numb to the numbers that I was throwing out-- 35-inch tires, 1,050 pound-feet of torque! TRAVIS LANGNESS: We get it. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: And I started to list all of the things that this truck doesn't have, the front locker and disconnecting front-sway bar, and I started to think it was going to be at a big disadvantage. But the truth is, it has so much ground clearance. And the technology really does come in handy. It was a blast out here. I had a lot of fun. The problem is the price is offensive to me on a personal level. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Yeah. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: This is still a truck built for towing that's been adapted for off-road use. And if people look at that and say, that's for me, then they're absolutely right. And they should get it. But what was your takeaway? TRAVIS LANGNESS: Look, I was worried about the fact that you had 35s and you have a way higher payload capacity, towing capacity. This truck's faster in a straight line. But I still prefer the Ram-- all of that off-road tech, the front and rear-locking difs, the disconnecting sway bar up front, and that awesome interior, not to mention the fact that I would pay $20,000 less, essentially, for this truck than you would for that one. I mean, I'm the kind of idiot-- RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Yes, you are. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Hey. OK. Hold on-- that would put a camper shell on a truck and go overlanding. I'd love to live out of something like this and just spend six months on the road. But that's not quite appealing enough for me to increase my monthly payments as much as it would over this. The Ram is still the truck for me. What about you? RYAN ZUMMALLEN: I hate to say it, but I agree. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Yes! RYAN ZUMMALLEN: That's the one. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Ram wins! And as always, click the link below to subscribe. And for more information on both of these trucks, go to Edmunds.com and find the perfect truck, SUV, or car for you. [MUSIC PLAYING]

    If you're looking for an off-road heavy-duty pickup, your options are either the Ford Super Duty Tremor or the Ram Power Wagon. In this video, Travis Langness and Ryan ZumMallen test and compare both to explain what makes these trucks so capable, why their names are so kickin' rad, and why you might want to choose one over the other.

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    Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB
    6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 10A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower475 hp @ 2800 rpm
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    Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB
    6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 10A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 5
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower475 hp @ 2800 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite F-250 Super Duty safety features:

    Blind-Spot Monitoring
    Alerts the driver when a vehicle comes into the truck's blind spot. The zone can be enlarged to cover a trailer up to 33 feet in length.
    Trailer Tow Camera System
    Lets you know what's behind your trailer when reversing.
    Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    Warns you if a tire is below the recommended pressure. Coverage can include trailer tires as well.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    PassengerNot Rated
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back SeatNot Rated
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover19.1%

    Ford F-250 Super Duty vs. the competition

    Ford F-250 Super Duty vs. Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

    The current Ford F-250 generation is a little bit older than the all-new Silverado 2500HD, but both trucks are still thoroughly modern. The Silverado 2500HD's maximum tow rating is a bit lower, but it's still very respectable. One advantage for the Silverado is its more composed handling and steering.

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    Ford F-250 Super Duty vs. Ram 2500

    Much like the Silverado 2500HD, the Ram 2500 benefits from a full overhaul. Its cabin gives off a classier vibe than the F-250's thanks to an available 12.3-inch touchscreen and premium materials in the more expensive trim levels. There's still plenty of towing and hauling capability here ap too.

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    Ford F-250 Super Duty vs. Ford F-350 Super Duty

    While the F-250 and the F-350 aren't rivals in the traditional sense, you will want to compare them. They're available with the same powertrains, but their chassis are built to handle different loads. Essentially, the F-350 offers identical equipment but in a bigger, more capable package. If you're close to the F-250's limits, you will want to upgrade to the F-350.

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    2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty First Drive

    Ford's Heavy-Duty Is More Powerful and Tech-Heavy Than Ever

    Travis Langness by Travis Langness , Reviews EditorJanuary 21st, 2020

    How does it drive?

    The Ford Super Duty is comfortable, quiet and, if you get either of the optional powertrains, effortless to drive. The 6.7-liter diesel and 10-speed transmission might just be the most enjoyable powertrain combo that's available in this class. The relentless torque and surging-but-butter-smooth power delivery are worth the cost of entry alone — and the gargantuan towing figures are just icing on the cake.

    As far as the 7.3-liter V8 goes, it's impressive, sure. It's quieter than the diesel at idle, but it doesn't accelerate as hard as you'd expect from such a giant engine. Power is a bit more immediate at slow speeds, but that's about the only place it sees an advantage.

    At highway speeds, you don't get too much rumble from the diesel engine or the 7.3-liter V8. Road noise is always present, and it's louder than average when you go with the Tremor because of its off-road tires. Wind noise is ever present too, especially with the big towing mirrors, but this is typical for the heavy-duty truck class.

    Both the F-250 and the F-350 feel confident around corners, especially considering their mass. Steering is as you'd probably expect from such a big truck: numb. But the steering wheel resistance loads up well as you go around corners, and the hefty steering wheel feels good in your hands.

    Go with the standard FX4 off-road package and you'll have an easy time going far off the beaten path. But with the Tremor package, the F-250 reaches a whole new level. The extra ground clearance and impressive approach and departure angles make a noticeable difference. The knobby tires also provide plenty of grip on slippery rock surfaces, and the Tremor's electronically controlled off-road aids (such as the new rock-crawl drive mode) can make even off-road novices feel like a pro.

    What's the interior like?

    Even though the 2020 F-Series Super Duty receives plenty of upgrades under the skin, it's hard to distinguish between the old and new models. The cabin, for instance, is practically a carbon copy unless you opt for the top-trim Limited. That primo Super Duty now includes additional leather throughout the interior, black ash wood trim, and a faux suede headliner.

    A set of newly standard and optional technology and safety features will appeal to owners and businesses alike. Every Super Duty now includes a 4G LTE modem and Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to 10 connected devices. This tech seems like an unusual feature to standardize on a truck that comes with crank windows, but it makes sense given the Super Duty's popularity in fleets. Ford offers a telematics suite for fleet operators so they can keep track of various vehicle data points, but it's currently only available on Lariat models and above. By including it on every Super Duty, even the fleet-oriented XL can be equipped with the suite.

    Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature is now available on the Super Duty. First introduced in the 2018 Ford F-150, it helps drivers reverse with ease while towing a trailer. Drivers turn a dash-mounted knob to the left or right, and the system rotates the wheel to point the trailer in the correct direction. In our experience, the Pro Trailer Backup Assist takes a while to set up and has a bit of a learning curve, but first-timers will be happy to have it.

    A number of advanced safety features are now standard on XLT models and above, including lane departure warning for the truck and attached trailer, automatic high-beam control, a blind-spot monitor with trailer coverage, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The forward collision system and blind-spot monitor are also available on XL and XLT models as part of option packages. Rounding out the tech features are standard USB-C ports and an available wireless charging pad.

    How practical is it?

    Want to tow? For pulling trailers, the Super Duty is one of the most practical vehicles on the planet. Need to load a few-thousand-pounds-of-whatever in the bed and haul it away from the job site or to the farm? The Super Duty is excellent at that. Feel like parking it at your local grocery store? Well, good luck with that. The 2020 Ford Super Duty is meant to be practical for those with big tasks. You can learn to maneuver it in tight spots with some experience (and help from items such as the rearview camera) but it's unapologetically big — just as it should be. Thankfully, features such as the Pro Trailer Backup Assist will help you place your trailer exactly where you want it.

    Edmunds says

    New engine options, an updated interior on the top trim levels, and plenty of modern tech help move the Ford Super Duty to the front of the pack. The Ford isn't alone in offering chart-topping capability with near-luxury levels of comfort, though. It faces stiff competition in what is probably the most competitive heavy-duty segment ever.


    Is the Ford F-250 Super Duty a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 F-250 Super Duty both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Ford F-250 Super Duty. Learn more

    What's new in the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty:

    • New, more powerful 7.3-liter gas V8 debuts with 10-speed automatic transmission
    • Diesel engine now uses the 10-speed automatic
    • Updated front and rear styling
    • New off-road Tremor package
    • Part of the third Super Duty generation introduced for 2017
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    Is the Ford F-250 Super Duty reliable?

    To determine whether the Ford F-250 Super Duty is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the F-250 Super Duty. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the F-250 Super Duty's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 F-250 Super Duty and gave it a 7.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 F-250 Super Duty is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty?

    The least-expensive 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty is the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $83,930.

    Other versions include:

    • Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 10A) which starts at $83,930
    • Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 10A) which starts at $84,130
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    What are the different models of Ford F-250 Super Duty?

    If you're interested in the Ford F-250 Super Duty, the next question is, which F-250 Super Duty model is right for you? F-250 Super Duty variants include Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 10A), and Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 10A). For a full list of F-250 Super Duty models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty

    2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel Overview

    The 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel is offered in the following styles: Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 10A), and Limited 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.7L 8cyl Turbodiesel 10A).

    What do people think of the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 F-250 Super Duty Diesel 4.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 F-250 Super Duty Diesel.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 F-250 Super Duty Diesel featuring deep dives into trim levels including Limited, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 Ford F-250 Super Duty Diesel here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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