Ford F-250 Road Test

Model Year Summary
The F-250 is best suited for towing or hauling heavy loads. Handling is very reluctant, even for a heavy-duty pickup truck. The ride is stiffer and snappier than in the F-150's, but slightly better than in some heavy-duty competitors. The 6.7-liter V8 turbodiesel makes 440 hp, and a 385-hp V8 gas engine is available. The high floor makes access difficult. Convenience items include built-in controls for proportional braking when towing a trailer. Reliability has been average. All-new aluminum-alloy versions of the F-Series Heavy Duty line will arrive for the 2017 model year. They will offer Sync 3, a blind spot system that is optimized for towing a trailer, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control. Engines include a 6.7-liter diesel V8, a 6.8-liter gas V10, and a 6.2-liter gas V8.

Better than average New Car Reliability Prediction

Based on the latest survey, we expect reliability of new models will be 9% above average


All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.

Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.

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