The Ford F-250 has long been the benchmark for three-quarter ton pickups in the 2500 class. This year, Ford added a diesel engine option and has paired the 10-speed automatic transmission with it. Styling has updated a bit as well.
Quick Specs & Info
|2020 Ford F-250||Class: Full-sized Heavy Duty Pickup Truck|
|Base Model||As Tested:|
|Powertrain||6.2L V8, 6spd auto||Powertrain||V8 Diesel, 10spd auto|
|Base MSRP||$34,035||MSRP as tested||~$65,000|
The rough workhorse nature of yesterday’s heavy-duty trucks has given way to a lot more comfort and convenience. The F-250 is no exception and has often led the way in that regard. As the “classy” workingman’s rig, the Ford SuperDuty series has always been a cut above in terms of comfort and looks. The new-generation F-250 blurs the line between jobsite tool and family ride even more.
Several engine and transmission options are available for the 2020 Ford F-250 with towing pushing up towards 20,000 pounds in some configurations. Add in things like an available WiFi hotspot in the truck, lots of USB plugs, and well-done voice control for infotainment and you have a very tech savvy pickup on top of all of its muscle.
No fewer than six trim levels keep the F-250 within the needs and price range of most buyers as well. Most F-250 models can be in single, double, or crew cab configuration with a variety of bed lengths and either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.
There are six trim levels not including the new off-road-centric Tremor model, which debuts late in 2020.
- XL – The base trim offers a lot of things for those looking. The heavy-duty F-250 XL is bare bones by today’s standards, but still includes a locking tailgate, telescoping tow mirrors, a bumper-pull tow package, vinyl upholstery, and a basic audio system.
- XLT – This is the consumer’s baseline for the F-250, adding power-adjustable and heated side mirrors, an 8-inch touchscreen with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment interface, cruise control, USB plugs, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
- Lariat – This upgrades convenience with better interior accoutrements and more USB plugs and the like.
- Platinum – Adds power-retracting side steps, a power tailgate (opening), multi-contour front seating, adaptive cruise, and access to several options that are standard on the Limited trim.
- Limited – This builds on the Platinum with a panoramic sunroof, two-tone interior leather, and so forth.
- King Ranch – Always the top-tier Ford truck package, the King Ranch is only available in Crew Cab and adds Western-themed trim and leather details to the Limited package. Along with convenience items like power-adjustable pedals and heated steering, all options for the Limited but standard on King Ranch.
Driving the 2020 F-250
Like most heavy-duty trucks, the Ford F-250 drives big. It’s tall, bulky, and has a very wide turning radius. It’s smooth, though, and easy to operate when empty of a load and without trailer. Adding either of those changes dynamics accordingly, but the F-250 is still a confident pickup when it comes to getting the job done.
- V8 diesel is very impressive in power and performance.
- Aluminum bodywork is tough and good looking.
- Lots of convenience and spaciousness in the cab.
- Pricing climbs quickly as trims and options are added.
- Stopping distance, especially with a trailer, seems long.
- Ride quality can be rough when loaded.
Most will find the 2020 Ford F-250 to be a more than capable heavy-duty option in the three-quarter ton arena. There are plenty of trim and option packages to suit any need and cover most wants. Powertrain options range from gasoline to diesel as well, making for a lot of capability for a variety of tasks.
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