The new 2018 Ford F-250 pickup truck is putting a luxurious new spin on heavy-duty performance.
Why Buy the 2018 Ford F-250?
With its aluminum body and fully boxed steel frame, the 2018 Ford F-250 is a tour de force. It's both lighter and stronger than ever, increasing both maneuverability and towing and hauling capabilities. The newly revised Power Stroke diesel engine now boasts 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque, power that you can feel when you want to get up to speed on the highway. But most heavy-duty buyers are here for the F-250's capabilities. Properly equipped, this truck can tow 18,600 pounds' worth of fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers. With a standard hitch, it can tow up to 18,000 pounds. The F-250 also specializes in transporting your contracting supplies, hauling up to 4,200 pounds in two-wheel-drive models. When you add four-wheel drive, you can take this truck deep into the wilderness. Four-wheel-drive models can tow max loads of 3,450 pounds.
Which F-250 Is Best?
That all depends on personal style - and any budgetary limitations that might be reigning you in. No matter what, though, there's a 2018 Ford F-250 for you. Choose from six trim models: the straightforward XL, mid-range XLT, luxurious Lariat, Western-themed King Ranch, classy Platinum, and the all-new top-trim Limited.
The base XL makes an excellent work truck. With its easy-to-clean vinyl upholstery and vinyl floor coverings, you can fight a winning battle against construction site dust. The removable locking tailgate with tailgate lift assist helps you optimize the bed for easy loading and unloading.
Step up to the mid-grade XLT, and you'll enjoy increased convenience with keyless entry and heated mirrors. The cabin is also a bit more comfortable, with cloth upholstery and carpeted floor covers. The rear under-seat lockable storage comes in handy when you want to stow valuables - like your laptop - out of sight from would-be thieves.
You can add substantial luxury to your workday in the Lariat. This plush pickup speaks to your elevated sensibilities with leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. With the Lariat, you get two 110-volt household-style power outlets, so you can charge up your laptop and your power saw as you head to work in the morning. This upscale truck also includes the upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system. Its enhanced voice controls give you the power to switch radio stations without looking away from traffic.
The King Ranch and Platinum are similarly equipped, differing only in style. Both are crew-cab only, giving you two rows of maximum leg room. These trucks provide heated and ventilated front seats, so comfort always wins the day, no matter how extreme the weather. The King Ranch offers a Western theme, which is apparent in its saddle brown leather seats. In the Platinum, you get more of an upscale vibe, with tan leather seating and handsome wood trim.
This year, Ford is introducing an all-new 2018 Ford F-250 trim model, the Limited. Now you can have your heavy-duty cake and eat it too, because the Limited brings a whole new level of luxury to the F-250's supreme utility. Inside, this truck maximizes comfort and style with two-tone leather seats and a micro-suede headliner. The cabin's ash-wood trim puts the finishing touches on the Limited's high-end ambiance. On the road, everyone can see this heavy-duty truck coming, thanks to its unique grille, satin-finish tailgate trim, and exclusive Limited badging.
What Is the Difference Between the F-250 and F-350?
The F-350 has a higher weight rating, which means it can move heavier loads. Both trucks transport max cargo with the 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8 under the hood. It produces the same output in both models, delivering 440 horsepower and 925 pound-feet of torque to help you make it through a substantial workday.
With the F-350, you can opt for dual rear wheels to enhance performance. Properly equipped, the F-350 can tow a gooseneck trailer weighing up to 32,000 pounds - a best-in-class figure. The upper limit on fifth-wheel trailers is 27,500 pounds. Max towing with a conventional trailer and dual-rear wheels is 21,000 pounds.
As we already mentioned, the 2018 Ford F-250 tows fifth-wheel and gooseneck trailers weighing up to 18,600 pounds. Properly equipped, it can tow a conventional trailer weighing 18,000 pounds max. The F-250 is not available with dual rear wheels.
How Much Can the F-250 Tow and Haul?
How much the 2018 Ford F-250 can tow and haul depends on body style and equipment. With the 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 under the hood, it can haul max payloads of 4,200 pounds. That's quite a lot of raw construction material. Equipped to tow fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailers, this heavy-duty truck can tow up to 18,600 pounds. The 2018 Ford F-250 is an excellent choice for drivers who need to tow heavy machinery or sizable family campers. Check the specs on the official Ford website to determine your model's capabilities, as these vary depending on powertrain, axle ratio, and cabin style.