The Ford F-250 has always had a single-mind focus: handle heavy loads and tough jobs. The redesigned 2017 model builds on that legacy by reducing the beast's overall weight and going heavy on refinement and technology. Of all HD trucks, the F-250 is a unanimous favorite among our staff.
Alerts
There are 13 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

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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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

The Ford F-250 has always had a single-mind focus: handle heavy loads and tough jobs. The redesigned 2017 model builds on that legacy by reducing the beast's overall weight and going heavy on refinement and technology. Of all HD trucks, the F-250 is a unanimous favorite among our staff.

Like the light-duty F-150, the new F-250 has an aluminum-alloy body and a frame mostly made from high-strength steel, a combination that makes the truck about 100 pounds lighter than the previous F-250 we tested.

Seating
3 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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 (440 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Ford F-250 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Alignment

"vehicle was delivered out of alignment and has been back 2 times and still not fixed"

Anonymous, NM (2017 Ford F-250 XL 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Electronic or air suspension

"Wheel position Sensor"

Dennis T., TX (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Shocks or struts

"Stock shock absorbers initially created absolutely unacceptable ride. Every bump was sharp with no give from the shocks! Horrible. I would get a headache from the constant jarring. After about 4000 miles, they broke in and the ride is now acceptable for a 3.4 ton truck. I've been driving this type of pick up for 50 years and never had one or driven one, that rode that bad. I should have changed the shocks the day I purchased the truck. Ford needs to find a different shock supplier!! These were not the HD shocks."

Steve S., CA (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Couple years ago, repaired as part of a recall."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Steering wheel vibration

"Violent vibration in conjunction with same problem described previously with tie rods."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Ford had TSB to replace steering damper on tie rods"

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Truck came new from the factory with bad alignment. Caster was set at negative when it should've been at positive 3 or 4. This caused the steering damper to wear out prematurely at 6000 mi on ODO. The truck started death wobbling, which is an extreme steering oscillation that would make the truck undriveable and dangerous to the driver and others on the road. Ford was reluctant to fix. Could've been the dealership I was dealing with. I bought dual steering stabilizer kit aftermarket and installed myself. This helped make the truck driveable but still uncomfortable. Also had rear wheel bearings replaced, fuel pump replaced, u-joint in driveshaft replaced, doors squeak extremely loud even after greasing. If I bought another 3/4 ton truck would definitely be dodge or CHEVROLET. Engine, transmission, 4x4, AC have been good."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 XL 6.2-L V8)

"Couple years ago. It's now a recall."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"While driving at highway speeds, I crossed onto a bridge with a small transitional bump and the front end of the truck began to shake violently. The only way to get it to stop was to slow the vehicle to approximately 45 mph. It has happened several times at random and is quite frightening as it feels as if the vehicle is out of control."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"experienced death wobble condition from front-end that was repaired via a tech bulletin"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

"Had a case of death wobble . Dealer had truck for 3 days. suposidly now fixed."

Jim Y., SC (2017 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"Bumps in the road caused a major vibration in the front end. Ford fixed it under warrantee. They said they weren't supposed use the term death rattle but that is what is was. They knew all about the problem. They also recommended an aftermarket part for a permanent fix. I thought they should have installed the after market part for free. Clearly there is a defect with the suspension of this vehicle."

Donny B., CO (2017 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Tie rods

"Problem happened one time. Front end shook violently when rough spot encountered in highway. Problem repaired under warranty as soon as I took truck to dealership."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

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

"There are 3 cameras, all of which have had to be replaced. The back up camera has been replaced twice already."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Display screen freezes up

"The display screen sometimes will not let us choose another pre-set radio station, sometimes will not let us use navigation or navigation will not work properly."

Shirli H., NC (2017 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"After some use, the navigation system completely goes haywire and you are unable to select preset audio station."

Shirli H., NC (2017 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Display screen goes blank

"it started 6-8 months ago, it happened intermittently. The Ford dealership said it was related to the electronics in the front passenger seat because the electronics go through the seat. The dealership fixed the problem."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"it started 6-8 months ago intermittently, and was related to the electronics in the front passenger seat. The dealership fixed the problem."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"When using the navigation system, it would eventually show us far away from where we actually were. When this happens you are unable to use the screen at all."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"It freezes up and does not navigate - leaving a message in the driver's information window - can't open any other system to be seen by the driver."

Anonymous, NC (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Radio

"I am having a variety of electronic issues. With the radio, it changes by itself when the vehicle is turned off. So if I am listening to XM radio and leave, when I turn the truck on, it almost always goes to AM radio. The radio also becomes unresponsive and has to be rebooted. When I ask the vehicle with Apple car play to call my wife, half the time it asks which number (cell/home) and the other half it just dials the cell. If I drive for more than 45 minutes, tow/haul mode always turns on. For a while the auto lights stopped working, and I had to manually turn the lights on and off. Then they started working again with no issues. The rear passenger side window clunks when you open it."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)
Steering wheel controls

"Whenever I drive for more than 45 minutes, the tow/haul mode turns on by itself. I simply turn it off and wait for it to come back."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

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

"Water was leaking from the roof control panel or the cab lights. It would accumulate in the front console, about 1/2 inch in depth. Usually happened during heavy downpours, but not always."

Anonymous, NY (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Left door seals have air leakage, don't seal properly. As well.... both vehicles have had mouse/squirrel issues due to lack of seals to ventilation system or vehicle interior!!! Huge issue with both 2014 and 2017 Fords!!"

Anonymous, AB (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"Have taken the truck in 2 times in the last 3 months to fix rattling in the driver's side frame. Some is caused by cheap weather stripping installed at the factory and some is caused by loose parts. It still rattles."

Anonymous, GA (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"This rattle was on the driver side door and involved the hinge. The rattle was very loud and occasionally the door would snap when opened. It took months for us to be able to replicate the sound for the dealership and ended up being the hinge was defective. When getting the vehicle repaired, the door was taken off the hinge and subsequently swung open too far and dented the vehicle, requiring another trip to the dealership for repairs. Very frustrating that even videotaping the noise/rattle was not sufficient to initiate repairs. It took over 5 attempts at booking an appointment for service before we could replicate the noise for a tech to hear."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)

"Rattles have began to develop as the vehicle ages."

Anonymous, VA (2017 Ford F-250 XLT 6.2-L V8)

"The driver's side door had a most annoyingly loud rattle that took several trips to the dealership. The rattle was hard to recreate but it was finally diagnosed as a faulty door hinge. This rattle took 5 trips to the dealership, each involving dropping the truck off for several hours only to be told that the mechanic wasn't able to reproduce the problem. We were finally able to video tape the noise and then also it rattled during the last visit with the mechanic. During the repair, the mechanic managed to damage the outer front panel of the truck with the truck door. That repair also required a separate appointment. All in all about 8-10 hours of lost work. Very frustrating."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 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

4WD/AWD components

"Locking hub knob needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MT (2017 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Electrical failure

"Truck would start first time neutral safety switch replaced next time the delay for safety switch"

Richard C., MS (2017 Ford F-250 XL 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Traction control

"Ford Advanctrack, hill start assist, hill decent assist and cruise control stopped working around 5/1/20. Have not yet had repaired."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 XL 6.2-L V8)

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.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Rear tail lights not always working together when it rained. Ford did fix it."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Heated or cooled seats

"seat heater on driver side failed to work.repair was made by authorized Ford dealership service department. within 6 mo. the seat heater has failed again."

Anonymous, LA (2017 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Warning lights

"There is a module failure affecting cruise control that occurs after certain turns with a trailer plugged in. Ford and dealer unable to replicate, therefore unable to repair. Resets with complete off/on of vehicle, requiring driver door open and close. I also had problems with the driver seat control not matching between the screen controller and the physical button on the side of the seat. A software update "seems" to have made this problem go away. Real problem with the dealership requiring this vehicle to be serviced on the commercial side, along with panel trucks and semi's. That department has no idea what all of the electronic components are about. Stupid mis-alignment of technicians problem there. Also, the vehicle has difficulty starting sometimes. Dealership cannot replicate so no fix. Occasionally just really struggles to get enough fuel or oxygen to run at high enough idle. Then it "catches" and runs fine from there on."

Anonymous, WI (2017 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.2-L V8)

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)

"Got moisture in the exhaust sensor for the DEF system. Replaced by the dealer under warranty"

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Fuel pump

"Check valve in fuel pump was leaking down causing extended cranking issues. Replaced fuel pump @ 69000 miles and have not had further issues."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Ford F-250 Platinum 6.2-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Although the emission sensor failed, the truck was still operational 100%. What caused me to take the truck in for repair was the check engine light."

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

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.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

"sunroof track broke and not covered by warranty"

Anonymous, (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.7-L V8 diesel)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"One of the rubber blocks the cushion the tailgate fell off. I reinstalled it. Fell off again. I will get them to replace it the first time I have it in for service. Not a biggie."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

"Rubber bumpers on the tailgate keep falling off. They are attached to the frame of the side rails and the tailgate seats into them. Both sides are gone. Their lack does not seem to affect the performance of the tailgate."

Anonymous, OH (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"Radiator leaked and had to be replaced. This same problem happened on my previous Ford F-250 twice making this the 3rd time a radiator had to be replaced for leaks each time costing in excess of $1000"

Anonymous, TN (2017 Ford F-250 King Ranch 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"exhaust fumes were coming back through air conditioning/heat system when truck was idle. Dealership fixed problem"

Anonymous, KY (2017 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Very poor paint overall and terrible problems with the chrome lifting and flaking"

Anonymous, (2017 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

Normal routine brake wear

"Did not know until serviced"

Anonymous, GA (2017 Ford F-250 XLT 6.7-L V8 diesel)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"water pump leakage was not constant, most likely was defective from manufacturing as the Ford dealership will be replacing it under drivetrain warranty."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Ford F-250 Lariat 6.2-L V8)

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

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Diesel engine. Failure of one glow plug."

Anonymous, CO (2017 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.

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

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