2011 Ford F-250 King Ranch 4x4

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.

The 6.7-liter Powerstroke engine is amazing, and surprisingly quiet. One buddy who drives a Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins questioned the Ford's diesel powerplant when I pulled up to his house. "No way that's a Powerstroke," he said. But a diesel it is, and it towed my 4800-pound trailer and race car combo like nothing was there. The backup camera is a very welcoming feature when hooking up a trailer.

The interior of this F-250 King Ranch is awesome, with its brown leather seating surfaces and black carpeting; and although it only has five seat belts, it's roomy enough for more people comfortably. My technology-geek rear-passenger DJ was impressed with Ford's SYNC system and had no problems hooking up his iPod.

The biggest problem with this truck is the big $65,000 price tag. With the starting price just shy of $50,000, it's way too easy to push the sticker price beyond a reasonable amount. But it is one hell of a truck.

Mike Ofiara

1 of 6
Did you lock the keys in the truck on the day of the photo shoot? There aren't any pics of the interior.
Phil Floraday moderator
All new diesel engines are expensive because the emissions requirements have become incredibly tough. The exhaust system alone costs a small fortune. Emissions come at some price. all new trucks also include a lot more safety and luxury features now than ever before. I don't always agree with it, but that's the state of the industry right now.
Workhorse... True, but why are they making these diesels so outrageously priced? Diesels are work trucks. My parents own a farm and I moved hay today with my dad's 2006 F-350 Powerstroke at 20,000 pounds per load (this truck was about $45,000 new), and suffice it to say that did not involve any on-road work. In fact, the terrain it pulled the loaded flatbed over is impassable for anything but ATVs, tractors and 4x4s. I have driven the new Powerstroke and it is nice... but definitely not $65,000 nice. When you guys act impressed about pulling a 4,800 pound trailer without incident, I remember pulling 20,000 pound trailers at 80 mph with a 2006 and wonder how you can really write a positive review about a $65,000 truck. Considering the condition of the economy now compared to even 5 years ago (before I started college), how is Ford trying to sell a truck 150% the price of the 2006 model with an added 5% performance? I really hope Volkswagen and Toyota run American carmakers out of business.
"......a total workhorse." $65,000.00......I am without words.

New Car Research

our instagram

get Automobile Magazine

Subscribe to the magazine and save up to 84% off the newsstand price


new cars

Read Related Articles