COMPARISON: 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty XLT – Big Truck Capability

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There are trucks, and then there’s the Ford F-250 Super Duty. This isn’t a truck for someone who wants the ability to carry a few bags of mulch on the weekend or who has a small trailer they need to tow once in awhile. This is a truck for serious work.

That’s not to say you can’t buy the F-250 and do nothing more than haul air around town. If you’ve got the cash, then by all means, go ahead and purchase this monster as your commuter vehicle. You’ll be the envy of every guy in a lesser truck as you look down on them because this thing is large and you’ll be able to look down on everyone and everything.

There are plenty of folks who never utilize the full capability of their truck, but those buying a truck like the Ford F-250 probably do have a genuine need for one. This is the truck the guy who plows your driveway navigates through the snow. It’s the truck your landscaper drives. It’s the truck the rancher or construction worker uses to do his job every day.

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It’s designed for a specific type of truck buyer, one with challenging demands that must be met in order for it to be the right choice. That means there is a mind-boggling assortment of options from cabs to beds to engines to comfort and convenience features. If you plan to put together your Ford F-250 to get the perfect configuration rather than buy one off the lot, then you better block out a whole Saturday to figure it out.

Here’s a look at the Ford F-250’s key features and how it compares to its competitors.

2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4×4 Regular Cab XLT

Performance
Engine: 6.7-liter V8 Turbo Diesel
Horsepower: 440
Torque: 925 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Headroom: 40.8
Legroom: 43.9

Max Towing: 15,000 pounds
Max Payload: 2,787 pounds

Pricing: $53,905

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 4×4 Regular Cab, Long Box LT

Performance
Engine: 6.6-liter V8 Turbo Diesel
Horsepower: 445
Torque: 910
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Headroom: 42.8
Legroom: 45.27

Max Towing: 14,500
Max Payload: 2,880

Pricing: $47,720

2017 Ram 2500 SLT Regular Cab 4×4 Long Box

Performance
Engine: 6.7-liter I6 Turbo Diesel
Horsepower: 370
Torque: 800 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Seating Dimensions (inches)
Headroom: 39.9
Legroom: 41.0

Max Towing: 17,980
Max Payload: 3,160

Pricing: $47,415

Which truck is the right truck for you? If ever there was a category of vehicle where that question is difficult to answer, then this is the one. Every automaker offers numerous configurations that likely include the amenities you want with the capability you need. The Ford F-250 stands apart for the competition with its torque and with its range of trim levels from spartan to luxurious.

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It’s best to start with the basics, make sure it can do what you need it to do, and then add on the things that will turn that truck into your dream truck. Pricing goes into luxury car territory, so your budget will help define just how much of the dream part you can afford.

There is a lot to consider so sit down, grab a cup of coffee, and put your truck together online before you walk into the dealer. It’ll let you narrow down your options before you get behind the wheel and help you find the perfect heavy duty truck for your needs.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin