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.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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NA
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NA
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NA
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC not available, standard from 2011.
Road Test

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. But the truck also has several dynamic shortcomings. A stiff ride and a lack of agility are typical for the class. Stopping distances are long and the F-250's emergency handling has very low limits, even compared to other heavy-duty trucks. In fact, we do not recommended the F-250 because of its poor emergency handling capabilities.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 6.2-liter V8 (385 hp)
  • 6.7-liter V8 turbodiesel (400 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Ford F-250 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Relatively minor: failed sensor was replaced"

John P., VA (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Backup camera does not function periodically"

William H., TX (2013 Ford F-250)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"voice activation of Nav system repeatedly fails - which prevents using NAV. The fix is to do a MASTER SYSTEM reboot. Takes about 5 minutes including pairing phone. ALL INPUTS BY OWNER - addresses, phone # etc are lost with reboot. So, it is pointle"

Craig C., CA (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"I could not get teh bluetooth to recoginze my phone"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Radio

"Radio would not respond to touch screen or knobs on dash onlt voice command"

David T., WI (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Speakers

"Occasional vibration and buzzing like the speaker is defective"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"EGR failed requiring full day in shop. Covered by warranty though"

John P., VA (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Every EGR sensor has been replaced twice. Individual sensors replaced at random times. DEF sensors have put my truck in limited speed mode twice. My truck has been in the shop no less than 4 times for just the EGR sensors. Ford is aware of these problems and even extended my warranty to 120,000 miles. My uncle works for Ford and every mechanic knows the failure rate of these EGR is almost 100%"

Juli M., TX (2013 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"DET fluid system failed"

Anonymous, OK (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Fuel injection system

"Injector #7 failure, ejector stuck closed"

Teddy B., TX (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Required a hard reboot of the truck - dropping all power by disconnecting batteries. This was a known software issue"

John P., VA (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"The Sync system had to be rebooted a number of times and once by the dealer. It would lock up"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"The voice command and sound systems stopped working. The dealer did a "master reset" to fix it"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"ABS module failed causing brakes to no release properly"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Premature brake wear

"The whole right side brake pads and rotor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"truck could not handle the load at it's rated capacity"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Driveshaft or axle

"driveshaft vibration when towing. I added aftermarket airbags that the dealer recommended. It did not fully solve problem. FOMOCO then provided a small lift for the rear end and replaced the driveshaft, shocks and other parts. Problem solved"

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"had water ingress over rear window"

John P., MT (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)
Wind noise

"Wind noise (windows up tight) loud enough that the radio has to be adjusted after 30mph"

William B., MI (2013 Ford F-250 XL)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

"the truck developed a shimmy at around 60 miles an hour. I took it in for a tire balance and alignment and was told I needed to replace the drag link. I still get a shimmy once in a while, but not near as bad as it once was"

Anonymous, MT (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"The compressor had to be replaced due to a leak in less than two years"

Anonymous, MT (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Leaks fluid on clutch plate causing transmission to slip. This is a ford focus and not a f-250"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Ford F-250)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Water pump

"leak, pump replaced, issued resolved"

Anonymous, SD (2013 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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