When a standard pickup is good enough for most people, commercial users and recreational enthusiasts need something more substantial. The 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty comes with a balance between maximum towing ability and dose of decency.
The 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty is the most affordable models to get the Ford Super Duty trio which also includes the F-350 and F-450. Powered by a responsive gasoline engine or tough turbodiesel, the F-250 sends its power to the six-speed automatic transmission and an available four-wheel drive system.
But today, a truck is more than just a body and frame, and the 2018 Ford F-250 is impressive with its tech features. The surround-view camera system allows the driver to park with perfect precision. There is also a remote camera available so you can see what behind the trailer hitch.
Combined with sophisticated driver features such as adaptive cruise control, leather interior that found on luxury cars, and the proven Sync 3 infotainment system, the 2018 Ford F-250 is a combination for every day driving, hauling large loads or a trip across the country.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty is a full-size, heavy-duty pickup available in six trim levels: XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited. It offered as a regular cab, an extended cab (SuperCab) or a crew cab body styles with either a 6.8 or 8.2-foot bed lengths.
Standard equipment for the base XL models includes 17-inch steel wheels, intermittent wipers, manual front locking hubs (four-wheel-drive models), manually adjustable telescoping towing mirrors, a 2.5-inch trailer hitch receiver with a 2-inch insert, a removable locking tailgate with tailgate lift assist, manual windows and door locks, a rearview camera, air conditioning, a driver information display, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, vinyl upholstery and a four-speaker audio system. Extended and crew-cab models have a six-speaker system.
The 2018 Ford F-250 XLT adds 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, power side mirrors, four locking cleats in the bed, manually telescoping and power-adjustable heated mirrors with built-in turn signals, power windows and locks, rear privacy glass (extended and crew-cab only), an alarm system, cruise control, rear under-seat lockable storage, cloth upholstery, a 4.2-inch display, the Sync voice-controlled infotainment system, a USB port, satellite radio and a CD player.
The Lariat trim gets you an electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system (four-wheel-drive only), tubular side steps, power-folding and telescoping outside mirrors plus driver-side auto-dimming and integrated spotlights, rear parking sensors, a power-sliding rear window, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable pedals, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, a rear center armrest, two 110-volt household-style power outlets, an upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch center touchscreen display and a premium Sony 10-speaker audio system with two USB charging ports.
The 2018 Ford F-250 King Ranch only offered on crew-cab models and adds keyless entry and start, unique alloy wheels, automatic wipers, LED box lighting, automatic high beams, remote start, a heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery and a navigation system.
The 2018 Ford F-250 Platinum also offered with crew-cab models only, gets you a blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic wipers, a remote tailgate release, power running boards, a built-in tailgate step, adaptive steering and multi-contour front seats.
The range-toping Limited models include everything from the Platinum model plus a surround-view camera system, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control and a Limited-exclusive two-tone leather interior package.
Most of the upper trim levels features are offered as options on the lower trims. Other options include a heavy-duty trailer tow package, an FX4 off-road package, a fifth-wheel/gooseneck hitch prep package, a power sunroof, a massive 48-gallon fuel tank and different axle ratios with an electronically locking rear differential. That options list goes on with skid plates (four-wheel-drive only), collision warning with brake support, trailer tire-pressure monitoring, adaptive cruise control, an Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with a total of seven cameras, a separate rearview camera and a spray-in bedliner.
The 2018 Ford F-250 is powered by a tweaked 6.2-liter gasoline V8 that produces total output 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Also available is a revised version of the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 that generates an impressive 440 hp and huge 925 lb-ft of torque.
Both engines are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive available as an option. In performance testing, the 2018 Ford F-250 with a gasoline engine accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, while the F-250 diesel in 6.9 seconds.
Properly equipped, the 2018 Ford F-250 can tow conventional trailers up to 18,000 pounds and with fifth-wheel/gooseneck trailers up to 18,600 pounds. A two-wheel-drive regular cab F-250 has a maximum payload of 4,200 pounds, and the crew-cab 4WD can carry a maximum of 3,450 pounds.
Inside, the 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty looks more spacious than its predecessor thanks to a shell body that shares with a recently revamped F-150 pickup. The extended-cabin model gets 6 inches in length, while the crew-cab model grows 3 inches longer than the previous model, thus making more spacious interior around.
The seat comfort is excellent in higher trim with a 10-way-adjustable power seat. The available multi-contour seats in the upper trim brings things to the next level with cooling, heating and built-in massage functions. The rear jump seat on the extended-cab model is still very suitable for children, but the crew cab back-bench now offers more space for adults to stretch out.
As for the features and quality materials, the 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty runs from plain to luxurious. The XL model is a working truck with vinyl floor coverings and upholstery and manual windows, mirrors and door locks, while the King Ranch, Platinum and Limited cabins are adorned with luxurious leather and sport all the comfort features of a luxury car.
Other smart features include a rear under-seat lockable storage area that folds flat when not in use and a two-place cupholder on the center console that can shift sideways to double its capacity. At the rear, the short and long-bed models use aluminum which is 20 percent thicker than the F-150 and is supported by more substantial cross members for better withstand heavy use. The long bed model also gets a new 48-gallon fuel tank that will improve the truck range between fill-ups.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Nissan Titan XD, Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and Ram 2500.
The base F-250 XL Regular Cab is priced from $34,185 ( include $1,295 destination fee). The Super Cab costs $2,335, while the Crew Cab costs an additional $3,595. The turbodiesel is an additional $8,995.
The F-250 XLT trim starts at $38,260 and the Lariat trim carries a price tag of $46,845. The western-themed design King Ranch starts at $56,060 and the Platinum trim carries a starting price tag of $63,995. The new range-topping Limited model starts at $80,835.