This version of the F-250 Super Duty has many strong points. The Ford-built Powerstroke 6.4-liter turbodiesel V8 got the best fuel economy among the heavy-duty diesel trucks of its day, while providing plenty of towing and payload-hauling capability. Cabin space is generous, with a large backseat and abundant storage. Nice features abound, including an optional tailgate step and built-in switches for accessories.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"We have the 6.7L Diesel. Strong engine transmission combination. Very stable to drive."

Charles B., ID (2012 Ford F-250)

"6.7 liter diesel, great acceleration when needed for this 8,800 pound xxxxx weight truck."

James H., TX (2012 Ford F-250)

"This truck has excellent acceleration and handling. It is quiet and pulls like a tank. It is very comfortable on long trips. I had. 2002 F250 with the 7.3. This truck outperforms that one hands down and it was awesome. After these two trucks I am a Ford super duty man for life!"

Joe H., TX (2012 Ford F-250)

"Used as a tow vehicle for a large trailer. Excellent handling and acceleration."

J R., WA (2012 Ford F-250)

"I pull a livestock trailer all the time and it handles a fully loaded trailer with ease and I feel safe pulling a heavy load."

Anonymous, WY (2012 Ford F-250)

"Front wheel steering wheel wobble at high speed when the tires get worn is dangerous"

Anonymous, OK (2012 Ford F-250)

"It has a large engine and accelerates very well. It will tow anything I put behind it."

Scott P., CA (2012 Ford F-250)

"I use it to haul my fifth wheel camper. Sometimes it's hard to tell if it is even back there. Starts every time rides great just a wonderful vehicle."

JIM T., VA (2012 Ford F-250)

"This is a diesel. It is more fuel efficient than I expected and the power and acceleration is more than I imagined it would be."

HENRY E., AB (2012 Ford F-250)

"The diesel engine does great towing our 42' 5th wheel trailer that weighs about 14,500 lbs. I get 10.5 MPG in the mountains and about 12 MPG in the flatlands. Love the weigh it tows!"

DANIEL S., VA (2012 Ford F-250)

"Great acceleration and handling. I added a K&N cold air intake and boosted both the acceleration and fuel economy."

JERRY B., CA (2012 Ford F-250)

"Excellent power for pulling fifth wheel camper."

ALLEN S., ND (2012 Ford F-250)

"I have never driven a truck this powerful and handles so well. I pulled a large trailer on snow and ice, through a mountain range and I was shocked how well it handled and pulled the trailer on the icy roads."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-250)

"Acceleration hesitation is often an issue"

D F., IA (2012 Ford F-250)

"excellent !"

Anonymous, SC (2012 Ford F-250)

"Powerful diesel and decent acceleration Steering feedback Little body lean"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-250)

"Really moves out when needed. The powerstroke turbo really surprised me. The braking is a little long, so leave good following distance!"

RANDALL G., UT (2012 Ford F-250)

"Bought this truck to tow a RV. It is hard to park my RV because you need a football field to turn this truck."

DANNY W., FL (2012 Ford F-250)

"Handling??? Are you kidding??? A 21 foot long, 6300 pound truck does not have any handling (other than clumsy). We didn't buy it for handling - we bought it for its ability to tow a 14,000 pound fifth wheel."

RAYMOND W., CA (2012 Ford F-250)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Great Truck! But drive side door has air leak that dealer could never fix."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-250)

"The seats are comfortable, but the ride is very harsh."

R C., TX (2012 Ford F-250)

"For a diesel it is very quite. Most people who ride in it doesn’t realize it is a diesel."

J R., WA (2012 Ford F-250)

"Mine is a diesel and what stands out most is the lack of noise. I have friends who have older F-250 diesels that are very noisy. Mine is very quiet inside and makes very little noise when you are outside with it running"

Jerry B., VA (2012 Ford F-250)

"The seats are comfortable. Lots of room in the cab. Love the big side windows."

Diane O., CA (2012 Ford F-250)

"The comfort of this truck is wonderful. Large seats with heat and cold controls for the seat. The cold is especially nice in Texas. Lots of leg room and adjustments on the seating position are versatile and work very well. Only complaint would be the quality of the seat coverings. We only have 60K on the truck and they are already starting to fall apart. I understand we didn't want to pay for King Ranch, but the quality on the Lariat seats should be a least 2 steps up from where they are just for Fords standards and representation."

K S., TX (2012 Ford F-250)

"Wind noise on highway. Need tie-downs inside truck bed not just on bed top rails. Slide rear window stopped working shortly after warranty ran out."

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Ford F-250)

"I think that the price is way too high."

Stanislav M., AZ (2012 Ford F-250)

"Ride seems rough, feeling bumps more than we thought we should."

Larry S., OR (2012 Ford F-250)

"Comfort when driving, Bad on Voice commend GPS and Phone."

Anonymous, SC (2012 Ford F-250)

"Very stiff ride, but is suspected in a 3/4 ton"

PAT S., CO (2012 Ford F-250)

"This is the quietest diesel truck and it has been extremely comfortable on long distance trips and have had two of those this year."

Anonymous, TX (2012 Ford F-250)

"Seats are very comfortable. Easy to drive for long periods of time. It is also very quiet on the road, much more so than I expected."

HENRY E., AB (2012 Ford F-250)

"Ride is a little harsh."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Ford F-250)

"I need a pillow to raise above the lower level of the seat back to prevent bad leg cramps and/or hip pain on long drives (all-day)."

CAREY B., IL (2012 Ford F-250)

"The ride is much stiffer than it should be compared to other trucks in the same category"

JAMES L., CT (2012 Ford F-250)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Best vehicle I have ever owned. The only thing I have done to this vehicle is replace tires once and replace batteries this year. This is like a luxury tank!"

Joe H., TX (2012 Ford F-250)

"It was expensive, especially with the diesel option, but it is well worth it. Runs great, tows my large 5th wheel and gets decent fuel economy for such a big truck."

Stephen D., MI (2012 Ford F-250)

"It has become our prime mover for our RV. A job it does well. It's comfort and features make our road trips something we look forward to."

Charles B., ID (2012 Ford F-250)

"Way too expensive."

Stanislav M., AZ (2012 Ford F-250)

"I like the truck but the price is too high. I would like to get F-350 but not at this price."

Stanislav M., AZ (2012 Ford F-250)

"Exceptional hauling and towing capabilities Decent mileage for big vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Ford F-250)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I think Ford styling is the best, it looks great"

JAMES L., CT (2012 Ford F-250)

"a truck is a truck. It still looks great"

FRED M., MI (2012 Ford F-250)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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