2011 Ford F-250 King Ranch 4x4

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.

The ride is pretty good for an empty heavy-duty pickup, but riders still experience plenty of head toss. Acceleration is quite good for such a large vehicle, and the quick-shifting six-speed automatic does its job commendably well.

If I were buying a truck, I'd probably tend toward a more basic (and less expensive!) work truck, but I can't deny that the King Ranch package adds some nice luxurious features, such as thick, baseball-glovelike leather and attractive brownish bed-rail covers.

Rusty Blackwell

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.

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