This thing is a total workhorse. I must have put 500 miles on this truck during my time behind the wheel and put it through all kinds of scenarios. One weekend I hauled my race car, trailer, and equipment to the track; the next weekend I crammed the cab full of people and the bed with their camping gear for a weekend trip to Michigan International Speedway for the NASCAR race. Both weekends the truck proved to be right in its element and received numerous compliments from other Ford truck owners, and a few snarls from Chevy and Dodge guys.
Wow, what a huge improvement over the old 6.4-liter Powerstroke. Very, very quiet, a ton more power, and super smooth. We get behind the wheel of Chevrolet's newest Duramax in a few days, and that engine has a lot to live up to in order to match the Ford's NVH characteristics, even if the Chevy is rated to tow more.
I was disappointed by the storage space in the rear seat area. Was hoping to throw a large filing cabinet into the back of the cab. Seeing as the rear seat cushions flip up against the back, this should be easy enough, right? I wish. Ford's incorporated a nifty set of lockable under-seat bins in back, and while they're great for holding knick knacks, tools, or other personal items, they're also bolted in place.
I put the F-250 to work over the weekend, hauling 4320 pounds of wood and concrete to the landfill. Both loaded and unloaded, the new Super Duty moved comfortably and confidently, thanks largely to that new 6.7-liter diesel engine. I was particularly impressed with the smooth shifts of the six-speed automatic, as many of these high-torque heavy haulers often display compromised shift quality. You won't mistake it for a Mercedes-Benz gearbox, but an F-250 driven normally shifts consistently without significant lurches.
This sure is a big monster. I'm ashamed to say that, unlike some of my colleagues, the only things I had to haul in my evening with the King Ranch were some large, empty cardboard boxes to the recycling station. I got the job done, needless to say.
2011 Ford F-250 King Ranch 4x4