What’s New on the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty?
While Ford trucks are renowned for their modern capabilities, the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Duty lives up to today’s expectations for comfort and capability in a heavy-duty truck, and therefore finds itself at the front of the pack of 2019 trucks.
With more capabilities than the full-size F-150, but at a lower price point than the F-350 or F-450, the F-250 serves a critical role in the full-size truck market as it has a huge cabin and amenities to keep families happy, and a huge tow rating (25,000 pounds) and gear to appeal to rugged adventurers, while still being affordable enough to offer mainstream appeal.
2019’s model also offers a large selection of driver assist features, which have been tailored for the unique circumstances in which this truck can be operated. From adaptive cruise control (which works even when towing) to blind spot detection (that can be adjusted based on trailer length) to a backup camera that fits to your trailer, to lane keeping assist, Ford’s F-250 has covered it all.
The F-250 can be equipped either with a regular cab, extended cab (referred to as a SuperCab), or a crew cab. The length of the flatbed can either be 6.8 or 8.2 feet. The standard engine is a 6.2-liter V8 gasoline, which produces 385 horsepower and a useful 430 pounds per foot of torque. For added power, there is the option to upgrade to a 6.7-liter turbocharged diesel V8, which produces 450 horsepower and 935 pounds per foot of torque.
The truck is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, regardless of which engine you choose. Four-wheel drive is also offered as an upgrade to the vehicle’s standard rear-wheel drive. This leads to outstanding performance, whether hauling heavy loads or taking the family out. The turbo diesel is especially impressive in this regard — drivers will sense a brief pause as the turbos gather speed, followed by unrelenting torque as the vehicle accelerates. No matter what is being done — towing, merging into traffic, or even off-roading, this power delivery remains constant. The transmission upshifts quickly and smoothly and downshifts happen similarly quickly and smoothly. When towing, a tow-haul mode adjusts shifting to keep the powertrain in good condition for years to come.
It offers surprisingly light and comfortable steering for a vehicle of its size. With Ford’s adaptive steering, feedback increases once the turning vehicle’s front end has some weight on it, creating a dynamic bridge across the gap between the efficiencies and safety of electronic assist features and the robust feel of legacy steering.
The XL is the base model. It comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels. It offers most modern comforts — from air conditioning, vinyl upholstery, a rearview camera, intermittent wipers, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a removable locking tailgate with lift assist, driver information display, manually adjustable telescoping towing mirrors, and a 2.5-inch trailer hitch receiver. The XL is equipped with manual windows and locks. The XL also comes with a four-speaker audio system, although this will be upgraded to a six-speaker system when choosing the extended cab (SuperCab) or crew cab options.
The XLT comes with power-adjustable heated mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, power windows and locks, cruise control, and an alarm system. It also includes storage underneath the rear seat, four locking cleats in the bed, and Ford’s Sync information and entertainment system, which can be voice controlled. It utilizes a 4.2-inch display that also features a USB port, CD player, and satellite radio capability. In addition, extended cab and crew cab models also benefit from rear privacy glass.
The Lariat model upgrades the mirrors, so that they are telescoping and power-folding, and adds auto-dimming to the driver-side and rear view mirrors. It also adds a power-sliding rear window, rear parking sensors, and tubular side steps. Climate control is upgraded at the Lariat level to dual-zone automatic, and the leather upholstery exudes class. Power-adjustment is provided for the front seats and the pedals. The information and entertainment system is upgraded to Ford’s Sync 3 and features a larger 8-inch touchscreen display. The system features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Devices can integrate seamlessly with the vehicle, as two 110-volt standard AC outlets are provided, along with two USB charging ports and a Wi-Fi hotspot. There is also a rear center armrest, and the cab will be able to enjoy all the perks of entertainment on the premium 10-speaker B&O Play audio system. For four-wheel-drive Lariat models, an electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel-drive system is added. The wide selection of features makes the mid-range Lariat model one of the most popular packages.
Ford’s King Ranch trim, which has a crew-cab configuration only, adds unique Western-themed styling and trim to go along with all the other amenities. The King Ranch offers keyless entry and ignition and remote start so that your Ford will be warmed up by the time you get there. It also features LED box lighting, automatic high beams, and automatic wipers. The leather upholstery, already classy on the Lariat model, is upgraded even further. Front seats are heated and ventilated, the power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel is heated, and the vehicle has memory settings for the driver seat, perfect for multiple drivers.
The Platinum model, which is also only offered on the crew-cab configuration, upgrades the wheels to 20-inch alloys. It also adds LED headlights, a built-in tailgate step, adaptive steering, a remote tailgate release, and power running boards. Front seats are multi-contoured for maximum comfort, and the vehicle offers blind spot monitoring with a rear cross-traffic alert feature for added safety.
The peak option is the Limited model that adds adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, surround-view camera system, and a panoramic sunroof. In addition, it comes with a two-tone leather interior unique to Limited models.
No matter which package you choose, the 2019 Ford F-250 has something for everyone. The quiet cabin will shelter and separate you from the outside world, and whether you are listening to the Power Stroke engine as you accelerate or the latest hit song or movie on the 10-speaker audio system, you won’t want to leave the comfort of it. The vehicle makes long trips something to look forward to.