2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Review

F-250 Super Duty

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2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty Overview

Ford’s F-Series pickups, as just about everyone knows, have been the best-selling full-size workhorses on the U.S. market for decades. The 2017 F-250 Super Duty, boasting some hefty upgrades and a number of new features, will, according to most in the media, maintain this tradition quite nicely. Significant changes to its profile and a number of new safety-oriented driver assistance features, including a new surround-view camera system that can help with hooking up a fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailer, are complemented by upgrades to the standard and available powertrains.

The redesigned 2017 F-250 Super Duty (Ford calls it "reinvented") will incorporate the new aluminum alloy body panels that have proven so successful on Ford’s half-ton F-150 pickups, along with an even beefier frame and suspension featuring added high-strength steel components. Further new features are expected to include the surround-view camera system (with up to 7 cameras), an LED bed light to assist with hitching fifth-wheel trailers, and exterior-mirror-mounted LED spotlights. An upgraded interior also relocates some of the controls for a more driver-friendly atmosphere. Further upgrades include an enhanced SYNC 3 infotainment system (with an 8-inch touchscreen), additional 110V power outlets, pressure monitoring of trailer tires, and a flat floor in Super Cab and Crew Cab trims for more accessible rear-seat cargo space. There's even a sharp new grille design.

The upcoming year’s F-250 is slated to return in 3 cab configurations: the 3-seat Regular Cab, the 5-or 6-seat Super Cab, and the larger 5- or 6-seat Crew Cab. The current 5 trim levels, the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum, also return for 2017, as do two bed lengths, the 6.8-foot standard bed and the 8-foot long bed.

The two powertrains available on the 2017 F-250 Super Duty have been reworked for some additional grunt--the standard 6.2-liter V8 Flex Fuel engine is expected to improve on its current 385 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque, and to mate with a brand new TorqShift-G shiftable 6-speed automatic transmission that features additional towing prowess and an active transmission warm-up system.

According to Ford, the available 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 will also feature boosted power, up from 440 hp in the current version, and improved torque, up from 860 lb-ft. The turbodiesel V8 remains mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission and should offer greater towing capacity (currently rated at 14,000 pounds with the standard tow hitch and 16,600 pounds with the fifth-wheel/gooseneck mount). Due to its size, the F-250 Super Duty is not rated for fuel efficiency by the EPA.

The 2017 F-250 Super Duty will be offered with either standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or available part-time 4-wheel drive (4WD), the latter including a 2-speed transfer case, auto-locking hubs, and a locking rear differential. There is also a brand new power-steering assist feature that includes an electric motor Ford claims will help ease low-speed turning under a full load.

On the exterior, look for alloy wheels, side steps, a tailgate step, a power-sliding rear window, and a trailer hitch and wiring. Inside, look for cloth or leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats, full power accessories, cruise control, and telescoping tilt-wheel steering. Higher trim levels are expected to again feature such standards as a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, a remote garage door opener, memory for driver settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, and Sony premium audio components.

Many of the anticipated 2017 upgrades are optional and are anticipated to join returning options like a power sunroof, the FX4 Off-Road package, beefed-up rear axles, a heavy-duty front suspension, a spray-in bedliner, a heavy duty towing package with integrated trailer brake controller, and Ford’s Work Solution package.

Safety-wise, debuting driver-assistance technology in the 2017 F-250 Super Duty includes adaptive cruise control, forward collision-mitigation braking, a blind-spot monitor, and lane-departure warnings. Returning standard safety equipment includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, head curtain airbags, turn-signal-integrated mirrors, front fog/driving lights, and a remote antitheft alarm. SYNC-interfaced emergency telematics will come standard on the King Ranch and Platinum trims.

Look for the 2017 F-250 Super Duty to debut this fall, when it will take on the likes of the GM Sierra/Silverado 2500 and Ram 2500. Such competitors as the Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra are also expected to again challenge this big Ford pickup.


Have Laptop. Will Travel. I'm retired and travelling the country in a 34' motor home. I'm really digging meeting people . . and sometimes their cars . . . getting a sense of what makes this nation tick. The plan is to visit all the national parks in the continental US, then cruise to Alaska to visit Denali, and to Hawaii to check out Haleakala and the Hawaii Volcano's national parks. Anyhow, when I'm not horsing the motor home around the roadways, I'm tooting around in the 2012 Ford Focus that we tow behind, or making runs to Home Depot and various malls with the 2004 F-150 that just won't die.

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