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

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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