Built to treat heavy-duty tasks like towing and hauling with ease, the Ford F-250 Super Duty truck was designed to be larger and stronger than any other truck of its kind. Assembled in Louisville, Kentucky, the F-250 runs on the more powerful engines and up-to-date technologies to guarantee high-level performances.
1997-2007: First generation
Sporting a much angular design that made the truck’s overall appearance distinct, the F-250 featured a 5.4-liter V8 engine capable of 255 horsepower. But during a span of ten years, the first-generation models received engine upgrades and design restyling that made this super duty truck more appealing and productive.
Available in Standard, SuperCab, and Crew cab models, the F-250 truck boasted its increased hauling and towing capacities, thicker body frame, revised engines, and bigger set of wheels. Ford also developed technologies to improve the functions of the F-250 like the TowCommand trailer brake controller, which worked with the powertrain control module and anti-lock braking system, and the Fall-Safe Cooling system, which was designed to protect the engine from overheating.
2008-2010: Second generation
While the overall capabilities of the F-250 were improved over three years, its exterior and interior hardware also moved steps higher to suit the needs of heavy-duty truck users. The F-250’s exterior was brushed with an improved corrosion-resistance coating while its interior was manufactured with high-grade materials. New features like power-telescoping mirrors and Sync multimedia voice control system also found their way inside the truck, along with an Internet-capable in-dash computer, a standard MP3 audio jack, and a unique drop-down tailgate step.
Completing the new additions to the second-generation F-250 was Ford’s Rapid-Heat Supplemental Cab Heater, which raises the cabin temperature to a certain level for the engine to warm up during winter, and the engine upgrade for the 6.4-liter Power Stroke turbo-diesel V8 engine, which is recommended for serious hauling and towing jobs. Two new trims were added to this generation truck: the Cabela’s, which was targeted for off-road driving, and the Harley Davidson, which featured chrome badges and black leather trim.
Third generation: 2011-present
The third-generation F-250 Super Duty truck enjoyed more hi-tech features including telescoping steering wheel and an LCD Productivity Screen, which comes standard in the Lariat and King Ranch trims. The manual and automatic air-conditioning control was also added to the truck besides a rear-view camera and steering wheel audio controls. Upgraded step bars, tailgate step, and a roll-up tonneau cover were just some exterior features added. And to make F-250 the have-it-all heavy-duty truck, Ford topped it with its AdvanceTrac Roll Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, and the Integrated Trailer Brake Controller. With only the XL, XLT, Lariat, and King Ranch trims available, the F-250 truck continues to power up with a 6.2-liter V8 engine or a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 turbo-diesel engine.