Never in all my life have I longed for a ranch so much. After our first drives in the 2017 F-250 Super Duty my husband and I were in agreement: we need a ranch so we have an excuse to get this truck!
We’re truck lovers as it is, and we have several favorites, but nothing compares to a diesel when it comes to that real Texas truck sound. And to be way up off the ground thanks to 20″ wheels… That’s how it should be!
The Nuts and Bolts: 2017 F-250 Super Duty
Fuel Economy isn’t listed on the maroney, but we experienced about 14mpg in the city and 17 on the highway. I’ve seen reports of up to 21mpg for highway.
Base Model MSRP: $50,620
Model We Drove: $70,875
Yes, that’s a lot of extras.
Our Favorite Exterior Features on the 2017 F-250 Crew Cab
First of all, this thing is massive. A lot of 4-door pickups have short beds, but not the Super Duty! We loved the 160″ wheel-base on this truck! We were also big fans of a few of the optional features like the spray in bedliner to protect the truck bed, the 20″ chrome wheels for extra height, and the chrome package that just brings the whole look up a notch.
The Bronze Fire paint color is one of my favorites for the F-series. It’s a coffee color, and who doesn’t love coffee???
Being short, I like the step that folds up and slides into the tailgate with one hand. If I need to get into the bed of the truck I don’t have to attempt olympic level gymnastics! I can just pull out that step and hop right in. It also comes equipped with Tailgate Assist™ and quick-release so you can let the gate down and put it up with one hand. No slamming, no bench lifting experience required. The Remote Tailgate Release is pretty cool too. You can put the gate down with the touch of a button so it’s ready for you by the time you walk around the truck to load it. The LED Box Lighting ensures you can see what you’re loading and unloading after dark.
The Mirrors – PowerScope® Trailer Tow, Power Heated Glass/Power Telescoping/Power Fold-away/LED Spot Lights are also super handy for the vertically challenged. I didn’t even pull a trailer this week, but those big adjustable mirrors came in handy.
The model we drove came with the LED Roof Clearance Lights which add an air of big-ass-truck-ness to the overall look.
The 2017 F-250 Super Duty Lariat Interior is Just Right
The model we drove had a black leather interior that was really sharp. It’s not quite the luxury you’d expect from a King Ranch edition, but we like the sportier style the Lariat package offers. In the front you’ll find a beautiful Premium Leather-Trimmed 40/Console/40 seating arrangement. The Rear seats offer a 60/40 Flip-Up/Fold-Down Bench Seat, with Fold-Flat Lockable Storage on the Crew Cab model. The rear seats flip up and the framing underneath folds down with the flip of a lever. One handed, 30 seconds, and you have a flat loading cargo space!
The Power Twin Panel Moonroof really made my day. This week has been so dark and gloomy. Having that extra natural light in the cab made a huge difference! I’ve seen this option in a lot of SUVs but it’s nice to see its also available for the trucks!
This truck features a Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control system and the diesel version we drove also includes a Rapid-Heat Supplemental Cab Heater.
Power adjustable pedals are a nice touch! If you spend a lot of time in your truck, and you would in a work truck, having just the right configuration is key!
Floor Mats come in color coordinated carpet or you can opt for the all-weather mats which I highly recommend for a work truck!
The heads up instrumentation with tachometer and Message Center including odometer, trip odometer, distance-to-empty, average fuel economy, engine hour meter and warning messages is laid out well and easy to navigate thanks to steering wheel controls.
The entertainment and navigation instrument panel featured an 8″ Productivity Screen. I found the SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Ford’s SYNC® 3 easy to use and connect to my phone so I could listen to my own music!
You will find more cup holders and storage compartments that anyone could ever need. I counted 6 up front, and 6 in the back. Cup holders that is. A two tier glove box, giant console, and Lockable Under-Seat Storage Box under the rear seats give you ample space for tools and personal items.
Haul it All with the 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel Engine
This particular model comes with the 6-speed automatic transmission. Horsepower: 440 @ 2800 rpm (6.7L Power Stroke® Turbo Diesel). The maximum loaded trailer weight rating for the 6.7L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8 is 15,000lb.
The 160″ wheelbase model coms with a 34 Gallon Fuel Tank (Diesel Engine) to make sure you don’t have to stop and fuel up too often and a minimum running ground clearance of 8.5″/8.2″.
The heavy-duty gas shock absorbers really do their job. We went down some washboard roads and my husband remarked that had we been in our car, our insides would have turned to jelly. Yet in the Super Duty we were comfortable!
For added safety and stability the 2017 F-250 Super Duty comes equipped with a front stabilizer bar, tire pressure monitoring system, integrated tailer brake controller, hill start assist, reverse sensing and rear-view camera, and an Electronic Shift-On-the-Fly (ESOF) 4-Wheel-Drive System.
Just a Few Extras to Make the Super Duty Even Better
The model we drove had over $19,000 in optional equipment and features. Some of them are listed above as favorites. A few others worth mentioning are:
Rear View Camera – Center High Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) Camera
Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System (Includes 360 Camera plus rear CHMSL camera)
BLIS® (Blind Spot Monitoring System) with Cross-traffic Alert and Trailer Tow
Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support
Remote Start System
Trailer Reverse Guidance
Lane Departure Warning System