The F-150 vs 2020 F-250
There’s no denying that Americans love trucks. From small pickups like the Ranger to trail bosses like the Raptor, trucks offer everything that the amateur hobbyist, professional rancher, or hard-working contractor might need. America’s rural places make up 97% of the land area in the nation, and 19% of the American population lives in these areas. Therefore, it’s easy to see how we turn to trucks over other types of cars when it comes to getting us places.
However, when it comes to buying a truck, Americans prefer to buy domestic. And if there’s one American brand that has beat out its competitors, it’s undoubtedly Ford.
Of Ford trucks, the F-series remains the best-selling. Not only do these trucks top the list among other Ford trucks, but the F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle overall for thirty-nine out of the past 42 years, and has been the best-selling truck for all forty-two of those years. People love the F-150; of that, there is no doubt. But there are other trucks in the F-Series that are formidable competitors – like the Ford F-250.
Not sure which one is best for you? We’ve laid out the differences between the two, so you can make a decision about which truck will suit your needs the best.
Similarities Between the Ford F-150 and the Ford F-250
The Ford F-Series makes a continuity effort between its trucks. Each higher grade makes changes to its engine, build, chassis, and other components to compensate for higher workloads. However, at its base level, Ford understands that F-Series fans are after the same looks and creature comforts, so they maintain some of those things between the F-150 and F-250. For instance,
- Both the F-150 and the F-250 have the same trim options.
- Both have an aluminum alloy body.
- Both come standard with 6-Speed automatic transmission, although there is a slight upgrade between the F-150 and the F-250 that allows the F-250 slightly more personalized shifting capabilities.
- Both come with optional 4WD.
- Both have 17-inch wheels.
What these things lack in showiness they make up for in practicality and dependability. The trim options allow drivers to get the same feel in a car if they choose to switch from an F-150 to an F-250 in the future. The wheelbase affords both trucks high clearance, while the optional 4WD means that they both can operate very well over rugged terrain.
The differences between the F-150 and F-250 should not be looked at on a mechanical level unless that is something that interests you. Instead, both trucks have their intended uses that should be considered before purchase.
The F-250 Is Great At Hauling & Carrying Large Loads
At first glance, the Ford F-150 and the Ford F-250 are similar-looking trucks. Where they differ is in what they are built to do. And for the Ford F-250, the truck is made to haul large loads daily. This means it can take on larger trailers as well as more weight in its bed. Because of this, some of its most common usages include the following:
- Ranch work, especially hauling dairy or meat cattle, other meat animals, or horse trailers.
- Moving services which require a larger bed and a high payload capacity.
- Businesses who require ample space for deliveries.
- Tow-drivers and mechanics who need a truck to tow other cars.
- Construction or contractor work, as it has a payload capacity of up to 10,000 pounds.
Other than its practicality, there are some other reasons why you might want to consider an F-250 over an F-150.
- Consider it if you need a new high-capacity work truck: The IRS allows write-offs of qualifying new vehicles up to the maximum cost of the vehicle. The F-250 is better capable of handling larger loads, and therefore will last longer and save your company money over the long run, on top of its write-off capabilities.
- Those looking for a truck that is easy to fix: If you count on your truck as a dependable work vehicle, you’ll need a truck that can make a quick turnaround in the shop as well as a truck that doesn’t break down. All cars break down, but when they do, it is good to have access to one that fixes up nicely, like the Ford F-250.
The Ford F-150 is Rugged, Durable, and Maneuverable
The Ford F-150, on the other hand, has a different set of attributes that make it America’s most-loved vehicle. Long story short, if you’re an outdoors-oriented person but can’t afford to spend too much on an outdoorsy vehicle, the Ford F-150 can get you there. Whereas Ford F-250 drivers need a more significant body to take on the hauling and loading capacities that they deal with on a day to day basis, F-150 drivers benefit from having a smaller frame for specific uses.
- Off-Roading. Ford came into the spotlight for off-roaders after its release of the Raptor trim – a unique F-150 trim made for an optimized off-roading experience. However, for experienced off-roaders, and especially for those who are interested in making their own modifications to their off-roading vehicle, the F-150 is just as sturdy and maneuverable as the Raptor.
- Plowing. Live somewhere snowy and have a plowing side-hustle? You don’t have to get a larger truck. Ford F-150s are light-duty trucks, but with a safe towing package, you can take on snowy driveways and small roads with ease.
- Modification lovers. The F-150 is well-beloved because although it has many of the creature comforts of more expensive trucks, it is also reasonably simple. Though simplicity isn’t what some seek, it is perfect for those who like to modify and fix their trucks themselves. The layout of the truck’s components is easy to work on, as many of Ford’s other vehicles are.
- City Driving. The light-duty components and smaller size of the truck make it easy to maneuver tricky metropolitan streets. Additionally, it gets great gas mileage compared to many of the trucks in its class.
- People looking for a deal. You’d be hard-pressed to find another truck on the market with the same attributes for the same amount of money.
At Zeck Ford, we believe in finding the right truck for you. Whether you choose the F-150 or the F-250, we’re confident that you’ll be happy with your purchase. Test drive a beautiful F-Series truck today at our location in Leavenworth, Kansas.