2020 F-250 Super Duty: more payload, towing capability

Truck wars continue.

And Ford has fired a major salvo with the release of its 2020 F-250 Super Duty 4×4 Crew Cab.

My tester was powered by the available 6.7-liter, Power Stroke diesel V8 engine ($9,120) that delivers a best-in-class 475 horsepower and best-in-class 1,050 ft.-lbs. of torque. It’s mated to an all-new, 10-speed heavy-duty TorqShift automatic transmission.

The electronically controlled transmission has selectable drive modes that include normal, tow/haul, eco, slippery, and deep sand and snow. The entire unit is so cleverly engineered that – even with four extra gears – it fits in the same space as the six-speed and weighs only 3.5 pounds more.

“Super Duty customers have demanding and diverse needs – from towing heavy trailers to repairing critical infrastructure,” said Kumar Galhotra, Ford president, North America. “Productivity is their lifeblood and their truck is their biggest tool. Our new Super Duty has more power, more payload and towing capability and better technology than ever to help these customers build a better world.”

Kinda makes my week seem unproductive. I managed to re-arrange the basement at the beach, with the help of my brother, and make a dump run to the Paine Field Transfer Station.

This monster transports up to five adults, and the full-size pickup box with tie down hooks means business. The diesel engine delivered almost 16 miles per gallon in combination of city/highway driving with a range just under 500 miles.

But make no mistake. This rig was born and bred to tow large trailers, boats or fifth-wheels. Not drive an ad salesman to appointments in Everett. Some of the optional equipment on this bad boy included a gooseneck hitch kit ($250), fifth-wheel-hitch prep package ($500) and a tow technology bundle ($1,970) that adds adaptive steering, lane-keeping alert and a trailer-tow camera.

Creature comforts on the F-250 make you forget you’re driving a Super Duty. Cushy amenities are everywhere – on par with world-class luxury sedans. My tester included the Lariat Ultimate Package that includes navigation, remote start and a tailgate step. But that’s just the start. My favorites were adaptive cruise control, heated leather front and rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, embedded 4G LTE modem with Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices, rear-view camera, B&O Play premium audio, Bluetooth and more. The F-250 looks “Built Ford Tough” thanks to bold rear bumpers, ebony black 20-inch wheels, tough bed spray-in bedliner, and a “Blue Jeans Metallic” coat of enamel that shimmers in the sun.

Safety features abound, but most important are blind-spot Information system with trailer-coverage monitors for vehicles in your blind spots – even when towing. Pre-collision assist, with automatic emergency braking, aids in avoiding or mitigating collisions with other vehicles. Modern touches include the addition of wireless charging and USB-C ports to power your devices.

Base Price: $53,255

Price As Driven: $72,515

Destination charge is included in the base price. Vehicles are provided by the manufacturer. List price may vary at local dealerships.

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