Ford's 3/4 ton pickup, the F-250, continues into 2014 largely unchanged, but it does gain some brake improvements. Inside the wheels are larger rotors, bigger brake pads, and a bigger parking brake. Not glamorous changes, but ones you might appreciate when you've got a maxed out 7,620 kg trailer behind you or up to 1,923 kg in the bed. Against the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and Ram 2500, Ford has the widest range of luxury and interior choices and Ford claims best-in-class towing and payload.
Under hood are a choice of two engines, a 6.2L gas V8 that produces 385 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque or a 6.7L turbocharged diesel V8 that makes 400 hp and a massive 800 lb-ft of torque. Behind both engines is a six-speed automatic transmission, and the diesel gets a power take-off. You can get regular cab, extended SuperCab, or full four-door crew cab. There's also a choice of 6'-8" or 8' box.
Standard features on F-250 include a 7-pin trailer connector, and a hitch receiver sized for the choice of engine and tow rating of the truck. There is also a hill start assist built into the braking system.
The base XL trim is intended for fleet and work trucks, and as such gets 17-inch steel wheels, vinyl seats, and vinyl floors. It also gets AC, and an AM/FM stereo. Options include aluminium wheels, electronic four-wheel drive, a fifth-wheel hitch, cloth seats, an upgraded stereo with CD and Sync, and cruise. There are a number of option packs for various increased tow ratings and payload ratings, a camper package that includes uprated springs, an FX4 off-road pack that includes skid plates and Rancho shocks, and a snow plow prep that has uprated springs and alternator. There is an XL appearance pack that has the upgraded stereo, cruise, silver painted wheels, and chrome grille. The XL decor pack has chrome bumpers and hub caps, while the XL value pack combines both of those packages.
XLT is the next level and adds shift-on-the-fly to 4x4 trucks, an integrated trailer brake controller, cloth seats and flooring, a CD stereo with four speakers and satellite radio, cruise, power locks, and windows, chrome bumpers and grille, and power mirrors. Options include a power driver's seat, rear-view camera, remote start, various weight rating upgrades, camper pack, FX4 off-road pack, and snow plow prep like the XL. There is also an XTR package with chrome exhaust tips, tow hooks, cargo tie-downs, step bars, and wheels. It gets power trailer mirrors and fog lights as well. The XTR plus pack includes the XTR package and adds auto lights and keyless entry, power adjustable pedals and backup sensors. An XLT value package has the auto lights, keyless entry, power adjustable pedals, six-way power driver's seat and backup sensors.
Lariat is the first luxury trim and adds heated and cooled 10-way power adjustable front seats, heated rear seats, and leather. It also gets Sony audio with eight speakers and Sync, power locks, dual-zone climate, an improved message centre, power adjustable pedals, rear-view camera, sliding rear window, and wood trim. Wheels are 18-inch alloys with up to 20-inch available as an option. Other notable options include navigation.
As on the lower trims, packages are available to raise payload and towing, along with camper pack, plow prep, and FX4 off-road. A Lariat chrome package adds chrome exhaust tip, tow hooks, cargo tie downs, step bars and wheels. Lariat Ultimate gets power-sliding moonroof, tailgate step and remote start, but is on crew cab only.
King Ranch gets navigation and special Chaparral leather seats with King Ranch embossing. The payload and tow rating packages are available, as are camper pack, FX4, snow plow prep and Chrome package.
Top of the range is the F-250 Platinum which gets 20-inch alloys, premium leather seats with platinum embroidery. There is also a heated wheel, remote start, body colour bumpers and satin grille. he payload and tow rating packages are available, as are camper pack, FX4, and snow plow prep. King Ranch and Platinum are crew-cab, short-box only.
As with the rest of the HD pickups, there are no fuel economy ratings as it's not required due to their weights.