2020 Ford F-250 – Big and Capable Are a Good Start

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

Overview

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.

Trim Packages

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.

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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.

Strong Points

  • V8 diesel is very impressive in power and performance.
  • Aluminum bodywork is tough and good looking.
  • Lots of convenience and spaciousness in the cab.

Weaknesses

  • Pricing climbs quickly as trims and options are added.
  • Stopping distance, especially with a trailer, seems long.
  • Ride quality can be rough when loaded.

Conclusions

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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An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.
Aaron Turpen
An automotive enthusiast for most of his adult life, Aaron has worked in and around the industry in many ways. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press (RMAP), the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), and freelances as a writer and journalist around the Web and in print. You can find his portfolio at AaronOnAutos.com.