Written by Marco Carvajal
Test Driving: 2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 Lariat SRW 4x4 Crew Cab Base Price: $52,115 MSRP Segment Full: Size Pickup Truck Competitors: Chevy Silverado 2500HD and RAM 2500
The Ford Super Duty is a very capable heavy-duty full-size pickup truck. For cowboys and country stars, the Super Duty is one of the best rewards you can get. Forget Lamborghini or Ferrari, a Super Duty is the winner of the audience in any country road. Even if you are not a country star or a cowboy, you can fall in love with the Ford Super Duty.
If you want to drive a truck as powerful as a Rhino then the Super Duty is your truck
The Super Duty exterior body bolt design, the large cab, the solid large box, great large wheels, strong aggressive-looking bumpers produce a super duty truck that seems to be alive.
The Ford Super Duty also is known as F-Series Super Duty. The first Ford Super Duty was offered with the 1999 model year. The Super Duty added the new 3 versions F-250, F-350, and F-450 to the F-line. Three of the most powerful pickup trucks one can wish to drive. Part of the power of the Super Duty comes from a new chassis, stronger than the pickup truck F-150. The new chassis is heavy-duty and includes suspension components to allow higher towing capacity and higher loads.
The Ford Super Duty trucks are proudly assembled in the United States. This country star is becoming an icon for car drivers who need it for both commercial and personal use.
The Super Duty is available with two Ford powertrains, it has a modern aggressive external design that stops the traffic. It includes class-exclusive features and especially remarkable it includes tons of power, with capacities around 8500 pounds.
The Ford Super Duty is available to be purchased in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Suriname, Brazil, Argentina, Angola, Cambodia, the Middle East, Suriname, Iceland, the United States, and other countries around the Globe.
New Gas and Diesel Engines for the Ford Super Duty
The 2020 Ford Super Duty is very powerful. It is available with the all-new 7.3L OHV Gas V8, and the next generation available 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel engine. The standard engine on the F-250 and F-350 is the 6.2L Flex-Fuel Gas V8.
Standard Engine: 6.2L Flex-Fuel Gas V8 385 HorsePower 430 Lb-ft of Torque Optional Gas Engine Available: 7.3L OHV Gas V8 New! 430 HorsePower 475 Lb-ft of Torque Optional Diesel Engine Available: 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel Third-Generation 475 HorsePower 1,050 Lb-ft of Torque An new 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift automatic transmission is standard with the new optional engines, 7.3-liter V8 and 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8
Here Ford has a lot of room for improvement. The 2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 Lariat SRW 4×4 Crew Cab I am test driving doesn’t have the best fuel economy. This is one of the cons of buying a Super Duty. The approximate average consumption of gas per mile runs about 15 Miles per Gallon.
BEST TOWING CAPACITY IN THE MARKET
The super duty gas and diesel power engines are combined into a state of the art rugged frame and chassis engineering, according to Ford the result is best-in-class numbers in every category of hauling and towing capability.
The 2020 Ford F-Series Super Duty has the best diesel trailer, the best diesel and gas performance, and the best payload over the 2020 Ram 2500 / 3500HD and 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 / 3500HD.
However, most of those capacities above are for the F-450, which has no direct competitor. The F-450 Super Duty with rear-wheel drive, dual rear wheels, 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 diesel engine can have a large towing capacity and haul 37,000 pounds.
The F-350 Super Duty also beats them all with 35,750 pounds of towing capacity. The similarly equipped Silverado 3500HD can tow 35,500 pounds, while the Ram 3500HD can tow 35,100 pounds.
Towing such heavy loads generally requires a commercial driver’s license.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty with the Tremor Off-Road Package also outperforms the competition.
The Super Duty body uses high-strength military-grade aluminum, making the body much lighter than other trucks in the same segment and very strong. This high-strength aluminum is also more resistant to dents, keeping your Super Duty nice and clean over time.
New Super Duty Tremor Off-Road Package
Tremor is the most capable off-road Super Duty ever, with the outstanding towing and payload capability heavy-duty pickup truck owners expect. It balances what customers demand in terms of work with what they need for the great outdoors. Suspension updates include a front-end lift, progressive-rate springs, custom 1.7-inch piston twin-tube dampers to control body motion, and 35-inch Goodyear maximum traction tires – the largest tires fitted to a heavy-duty pickup – on unique 18-inch black matte-finished wheels. Super Duty Tremor gets Trail Control, plus a special rock-crawl mode is included in the truck’s first-ever selectable drive modes. The truck boasts 10.4 inches of ground clearance, best-in-class water fording of 33 inches, and the best approach and departure angles ever available with a Super Duty. Tremor is available in F-250 or F-350 single-rear-wheel configuration, with either the all-new 7.3-liter gas V8 or third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8.
Pro Trailer Backup Assist
New for 2020, the Ford Super Duty includes advanced trailering technology with the optionally available tool, Pro Trailer Backup Assist. This system helps you to accommodate the largest trailers into the smallest areas easily.
The driver uses the Pro Trailer Backup Assist knob to steer the trailer via the reverse camera, hands-free from the steering wheel. Then Trailer Reverse Guidance helps to show trailer angle and direction, providing steering suggestions to most efficiently direct a trailer backward into the desired space. These two systems work together and are made to work with all trailer styles, including conventional, fifth-wheel, and gooseneck designs.
The Super Duty 2020 is available in a great price range for all budgets in 18 different trim models. The base model F-250 XL starts with an MSRP of around $34,035 and as you climb into higher price models the top of the line F-450 Limited has a base price of around $90,860. I like Ford’s smart pricing, but this is not an easy task, to be able to provide a product with such a wide pricing range from $34K to $90K. Buyers who wish to buy a Super Duty have plenty of choices and there is no excuse not to buy a Super Duty if that is the car you want to buy as the price is so flexible for any budget.
Super Duty Trim Models
The Ford Super Duty I am test driving is the 2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 Lariat SRW 4×4 Crew Cab, one of the best configurations available.
The Super Duty is available in 3 main styles
There are so many choices of trims, cabs, boxes, rear-wheel options, wheelbase, and prices for everyone.
The Super Duty is available in 18 different Trim Models.
- F-250 XL
- F-350 XL
- F-250 XLT
- F-350 XLT
- F-250 LARIAT (the one I am test driving)
- F-350 LARIAT
- F-450 XL
- F-450 XLT
- F-250 King Ranch
- F-350 King Ranch
- F-250 Platinum
- F-350 Platinum
- F-450 LARIAT
- F-450 King Ranch
- F-450 Platinum
- F-250 Limited
- F-350 Limited
- F-450 Limited
For those who love great quality audio, enjoy your Super Duty with the B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen. It includes 10 premium Speakers, including a Subwoofer and up to 1,000 watts of amplified power. This available Sound System by Bang & Olufsen produces concert hall surround-sound quality. An integrated microphone monitoring background noise.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty F-250 Lariat is available with 3 different Cabs, Regular Cab, Super Cab, or Crew Cab. Then the Box is available in tow sizes, 6-3/4′ or 8′. The Rear-Wheel are available as SRW or DRW.
The standard engine for the 250 Lariat is the 6.2L Flex-Fuel Gas V8, but you can upgrade to the 7.3L OHV Gas V8 for an additional $2,045 or the 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel for an additional $10,495.
There is a 6-speed SelectShift-G Automatic Transmission standard included or you can upgrade to the TorqShift 10-speed Automatic Transmission with Selectable Drive Modes for an additional $2,045.
Some of the many standard Features Included are:
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning
- BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-traffic Alert and Trailer Tow
Available options include driver-assist technology includes Lane-Keeping Alert, Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage, and Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking.
Ford Pass App
The new Ford Pass app can remotely control your Super Duty. In order to use this feature the Super Duty modem bust be activated. The app allows you to access features for start, stop, lock, unlock, schedule a start, locate your vehicle, vehicle status check, fuel level, oil life, and more.
The new 2020 Super Duty is more technological than ever, with the Ford Pass app, Sync 3 voice-activated responsive technology, Alexa, Waze, and more. The Super Duy includes a wireless charging pad located in the center console next to the driver.
The standard connectivity feature FordPass Connect embedded 4G LTE modem includes Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. It also charges wireless and with USB-C ports.