REVIEWS: 2009 Ford F-250 Cabela's Edition 4x4 Crewcab

May 18, 2009
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This truck is nothing short of incredible. Too bad nobody had time to do anything awesome with it during the time it spent in our fleet. The last time I drove a diesel F-250 I towed another diesel F-250 to South Carolina. That's a good use of this truck and one of the only ways to really appreciate the capability of the platform.
I think there's something wrong with this particular Power Stroke. It feels really low on midrange power, almost like the first turbo isn't spooling up the second one. I'd say this was due to the particulate trap being emptied, except it felt that sluggish for my entire 100-mile drive. The Super Duty I drove last summer felt much better.
As far as the Cabela's package goes, I generally like it. The locking gun case is a good idea, but why isn't it removable? And why does it only fit one rifle or shotgun? If I'm going to the range, I want to be able to carry the case with me, and if I'm going hunting in a crew cab truck, I presume I'll be bringing at least a friend or two. It would be a boon, though, to have the locking case for concealed pistol permit holders when driving through states like Illinois, where carry permits are not recognized.
I'd love a truck like this as a daily driver. I just wish it had a better turning radius.
Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor
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Good Lord, I knew my colleague Phil Floraday is a true truck guy, but I still never imagined that he would "love a truck like this as a daily driver"! Maybe if your daily drive involved towing your house behind you. I cannot imagine a worse vehicle for a daily driver, but to each his own.
That's not to say that I don't like, and occasionally enjoy driving, Super Duty pickups, and in fact my household owned an F-250 SuperDuty (nondiesel) back in the late 1990s, and we loved it. Ford's newest PowerStroke diesel engine is way, way quieter than the last-generation version was. That one made you think you were standing in the parking lot of a truck stop, it had such a horrible diesel rattle. This one, on the other hand, is quite quiet.
As for the Cabela's package? It seems like you could buy a lot of cool stuff at the Cabela's store with the $5390 that Ford gets for it on this truck.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor
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Plenty of exotic iron graces my parking space at my apartment, but none received the warm welcome from my neighbors like this F-250 Cabela's Edition. I shouldn't have been too surprised--I live no more than ten minutes from the Midwest's only Cabela's store, where the truck received an even more enthusiastic response from shoppers.
I, however, am not completely sold on the package. Look underneath the "Cabela's" logos on the pickup bed, and you'll see the truck is also branded as an FX4 Sport. Indeed, much of the content you'll see here is also available on a "regular" FX4 model, and I wouldn't be any less content with such a truck. After all, I only used the locking gun cubby in the center console to secure my iPod Nano, not a Beretta 9mm.
Then again, I'm more likely to use this truck as an airport taxi than on a hunting trip. Indeed, I did just that and came away surprised at how drivable this beast is around town. You'll need to stay away from parking garages and low-hanging branches, but the Super Duty is fairly easy to thread through urban traffic, thanks to excellent visibility and convex mirrors. I would, however, appreciate quicker steering; the endless lock-to-lock on this example had me hankering for an old-fashioned (and quasi-legal) suicide knob.
One curious point: Ford's quite proud of its Sirius Travel Link system, which can (among other things) look up the price of unleaded fuel at local filling stations. That's useful, except that in this case, a Power Stroke diesel lurks underhood. It'd take some extra programming, but a function that finds the nearest diesel pump would be a welcome feature.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer
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Yee Haw! I love a good diesel truck, and the new F-250 is right up my alley. When driving this truck around town, you feel that anything is possible--or movable, for that matter, what with its 12,500-pound towing capacity. Like Joe DeMatio, I find this latest PowerStroke diesel to be incredibly quiet. In fact, it is entirely possible for the driver to have a conversation with passengers in the back seat without losing his voice. Ride quality is remarkable for such a big truck, making highway cruising comfortable and enjoyable. Of course, the large, heated, leather-trimmed seats help, too.
The Cabela's package includes many nice touches, some of which include painted tubular cab steps on the exterior, Cabela's all-weather floor mats, and the Cabela's logo neatly embroidered on the front and rear seats. By the way, it also packs a $5,390 price tag.
In my opinion, this truck may be too large to use for a daily driver. Once you get into town, things around you get tight. Parking this monster is a chore. The rear-view camera helps, but it costs an extra $470. I had a problem fitting this F-250 in our parking structure, but chances are that, if you are in the market for a truck of this magnitude, a parking garage is the least of your worries. This truck was built to work, preferably in a large, open space.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator
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2009 Ford F-250 Cabela's 4x4 Crewcab
Base price (with destination): $38,510
Price as tested: $60,035
Options:  
6.4L V-8 Diesel Engine $6,895
Torqshift 5-Speed Automatic Transmission $1,490
Cabela's Luxury Package $5,390
Electronic Shift on the Fly $185
Power Slide Moonroof $995
Navigation System with Satellite Radio $1,875
Traction Control $130
Trans Power Take-Off Provisions $250
Extra Heavy Duty Alternator $75
Rear View Camera $470
Stowable Bed Exterior $250
Other Optional Equipment ${{{825}}}
Fuel economy: Fuel economy ratings not required on this vehicle
Engine:  
Size: 6.4L diesel V-8
Horsepower: 350 @ 3000 rpm
Torque: 650 @ 2000 rpm
Transmission: Torqshift 5-speed automatic
Weight: 7,{{{405}}}
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